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Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014

Our office is closed today, but we want to extend a very happy birthday to the United States, land of the innovators and home of discovery! 

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition - Science of Group Stage

July 3, 2014

With this holiday week almost at an end, we're taking a brief look back at some of the best plays in the group stage of the World Cup and the scientific principles that made them possible. 

ESPN's Sport Science created a short video that analyzes three great goals and one amazing save from the first round of play and, believe it or not, knowing the STEM behind them makes them even more fun to watch!

Tags: This Day in STEM, science, video

Gallup Poll Shows Majority of Superintendents See CCSS as Improvement on Education

July 2, 2014

In the recently released “Understanding Perspectives on American Public Education,” a majority of school district superintendents from across the country offered their opinions on a variety of hot topics in education today, including Common Core State Standards. (SPOILER ALERT: it turns out that a majority think CCSS are an improvement!)

Tags: Common Core, infographic, K-12, standards

CTEq Newsletter: A Crisis in Common Core?

July 1, 2014

In June's edition of the CTEq NOW Newsletter, CEO Linda Rosen questions the co-called crisis befalling Common Core State Standards.  Also, Michael Gass, President & CEO of United Launch Alliance talks sending rockets into space and students down a path toward exciting careers in STEM. 

Tags: Common Core

Hooray for Connecticut Governor Malloy!

July 1, 2014

As leaders in states like Indiana, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Louisiana throw their schools into disarray by yanking them out of Common Core State Standards in mid-stream, Governor Malloy of Connecticut is taking a decidedly different tack. Last week, Governor Malloy pledged $15 million to ensure that the new standards have the best possible impact in the classroom.

Tags: Common Core, standards

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition - Goal-Line Tech

June 26, 2014

Whether you’re an avid soccer fan or just like to tune in once every four years, it seems like everyone’s talking about the World Cup!  But it’s not just the action on the field that’s getting all the attention - the tech is also front and center. That’s because, for the first time, goal-line technology has been incorporated into the tournament, allowing officials and fans a more accurate determination of whether or not a goal has been scored.

Tags: This Day in STEM, technology, video

In Memory of Donna Sterling

June 25, 2014

This week, the STEM education world lost a leading educator whose work is improving science education across the country.  Dr. Donna Sterling, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, passed away on Tuesday after a long illness.

Tags: STEMworks

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition - What are the odds?

June 20, 2014

We're back this week to take a look at the STEM behind the world's biggest soccer event, the World Cup, where 32 teams are currently vying for a chance to compete for the sport's greatest prize. 

With about a week left in the first round of play, statisticians are showing off their STEM prowess as more and more fans are asking, "What are the odds of my team moving on?" 

Tags: This Day in STEM, math, computer science, STEMtistics

Putting our Rhetoric to the Test

June 17, 2014

For decades, Americans have paid lip service to the need for schools to teach higher-order skills like problem solving and critical thinking. Common Core State Standards in math and English are the nation’s first major effort to turn that rhetoric into reality. We can’t afford to back pedal.

Common Core is bringing one critical fact into very high relief: students have to work much harder to learn higher-order skills than rote skills, and that requires a long-overdue cultural shift from schools, students and teachers alike.

Tags: Common Core

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