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This Day in STEM -- March 22

March 22, 2013

If you remember the spring of 1997, you probably remember Hale-Bopp Comet. Bigger and brighter than most previous comets, Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to earth on March 22, 1997. 

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STEM in the News: March 19, 2013

March 18, 2013

If it's Tuesday, it must be news roundup day. Here are some essential pieces in STEM education this week. 

UTeach Math, Science Program to Expand with $23 Million Grant Ed Week, March 18

Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2013

Elementary and middle schools are filled with "holidays" you don't actually get to celebrate in the real world -- Cinco de Mayo, anyone? -- but chief among them, obviously, is Pi Day. Only celebrated in fifth- through tenth-grade math classrooms, Pi Day, for the uninitiated, is celebrated on March 14th and honors pi, the mathematical constant found in the ratio between a circle's radius and diameter --- 3.14. Pi Day in middle school meant fun math songs (although my fifth-grade teacher never let us sing that one), math games, and, of course, pie. 

While it's unlikely that you'll celebrate with a slice of apple or cherry today -- though your coworkers wouldn't mind that gift -- here are some fun pi facts in honor of Pi Day:

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What's in a name? Not much, in high-school math

March 13, 2013

More students than ever are enrolling in rigorous math and science courses -- but that label probably doesn't imply what parents and students think it does. A new report, released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress and part of an ongoing high-school transcript study, showed that while almost every member of the high school class of 2005 took Algebra I, as few as one in four students were actually presented with the type of material that would prepare them for college. 

The report's release brought together a panel of experts, including CTEq's own Linda Rosen, to speak about the implications of the study. Panelists acknowledged the results are sobering -- parents, students, and policymakers have long assumed that these courses comprise the first step on a college-ready track,

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STEM in the News: March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013

It's Tuesday, so we must have a STEM news roundup. Below, all the best of STEM over the past week.

Computer Coding: It's Not Just for Boys

STEM in the News: March 5, 2013

March 4, 2013

As the D.C. area braces for what may or may not be an incredible late-in-season storm, we bring you all the STEM news that's fit to clip. 

State Councils Propel STEM Education, EdWeek

Education, like politics, is local, and many STEM initiatives have recently emerged from states. EdWeek takes a look at how state initiatives are changing the on-the-ground STEM game. See if your state is included. 

Survey of Math/Science Teachers Shows Rich Data

March 4, 2013

Last week, Horizon Research released the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, a representative survey of STEM-focused teachers across the range of subjects and grade levels. And the results, while they'll surprise few involved closely with math and science policy and education, there are still plenty of important lessons in the rich report. A few quick ones are summarized below. 

1.) (Math + Science) < Reading/ELA 

Most policymakers will tell you that a budget asserts priorities; in schools, allocated time does the same. According to the survey -- and EdWeek has a great to-the-minute breakdown -- K-3 classrooms typically recieve 19 minutes of science instruction per day (as a note, most classrooms don't do science daily) and 54 minutes of math instruction, but 89 minutes of reading and language arts instruction. There has been a statistically significant drop since 2000, which CTEq's own Vital Signs data also confirmed.

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Common Core: Are We Supporting Those on the Front Lines?

February 22, 2013

The new MetLife Survey of the American Teacher should give us pause. It reminds us yet again that common academic standards could hit real speedbumps if teachers and principals don't get the support they need to put them in place.

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This Day in STEM -- February 20

February 20, 2013

It's been a big week for space and STEM -- we wrote last Friday about Galileo's birthday, Google celebrated Copernicus' 540th birthday yesterday, and today's the anniversary of the first time an American went into orbit.

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This Day in STEM -- February 16

February 14, 2013

Happy birthday, dear Galileo!

Today, one of history's most prolific scientists and mathematicians, Galileo Galilei, would be 449 years old. Galileo was an equal-opportunity STEM achiever, working in pure and applied science and mathematics. He discovered Jovian moons and improved a new invention called the telescope. He championed heliocentrism, and invented the compass. 

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