Yesterday, after two years of hard work, 26 states and Achieve, a D.C.-based nonprofit, released the final Next Generation Science Standards.
Few things are as motivational as cold, hard facts. That’s why more than 100 U.S.
Today marks a watershed anniversary in chemistry
It's been a rich week in STEM news.
The Brown Center for Education Policy at the Brookings Institution released its annual report on the state of American eduation last week, and the results were of the analysis -- which looked at international scoring, ability grouping, and advanced math in eighth grade -- produced more information, but more questions, regarding math education today.
First up, the report took at look at the ever-scrutinized international comparisons. An initial brush shows that, despite much anxiety, the news about math performance is generally fair: On the fourth-grade TIMSS exam, for instance, U.S. students generally scored slightly above average, and had a 23-point gain since 1995. But context matters
If you remember the spring of 1997
If it's Tuesday, it must be news roundup day. Here are some essential pieces in STEM education this week.
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: