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Best Technology Programs for Science Teachers

All across the country teachers and administrators are taking innovation into their classrooms and revolutionizing how they present materials to their students. Expanding far beyond text book lectures and standard testing, they are bringing technology to numerous aspects of their lesson plans. All of this evolving from the old school idea of technology being contained in school computer labs.

One of the most important subjects to embrace technology is the science classes. With curriculum in laboratories and teachers recognizing the value of interactive virtual programs to engage students, innovative programs are proving indisputably invaluable. The evolution has forever changed how teachers assign curriculum based projects, demonstrate core concepts and assess scholastic understanding and progress. And while no education program is completely perfect, many are on track with industry innovation, especially those who understand that studies have shown that students learn more effectively, easily and efficiently by learning through student experimentation and exploration.

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Science Cheerleaders Promote STEM Education

Science Cheerleaders The Science Cheerleaders are a group of professional cheerleaders who also work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). They aim to promote these fields, increase public interest and encourage more girls to study the sciences.

The group was started by Darlene Cavalier, a former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader, who created the site Science Cheerleader. As the website got more attention, she was contacted by other pro cheerleaders working in the sciences. The site covers a wide range of science and cheer-related topics, from stories about different women’s career paths to discussions about how appearance affects women in the workplace.

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Chefs Teach Harvard Students Physics in the Kitchen

Curriculm Founder Ferran Adria

Curriculm Founder Ferran Adria

When I was in college at the University of Central Florida I took a class called The Physics of Super Heroes that used comic book series to parallel, explain and engage students in the laws of physics. I didn’t particularly like comic books but I thought the class would be easier than a regular physics class.

It seems I wasn’t the only student looking for the quantum equation explained in layman’s terms.

According to the NY Times, at Harvard University there is a course in the undergraduate catalog known as From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science, but instead of comic book characters, the class utilizes the kitchen to teach chemistry and physics fundamentals. Read the rest of this entry »



Obama Hosts Science Fair at the White House

Barack_ObamaAs part of President Obama’s campaign to promote science, technology, engineering and math education, or STEM curriculum, the White House is hosting a science fair to honor top student projects from around the nation. Projects featured at the White House science fair include a toilet that conserves water, a model solar-powered car, a water purifier for rural communities and a device that uses light to help kill cancer cells.

“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too,” the President said in November.

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Obama Announces Change the Equation

change-the-equIn a White House press event this afternoon, President Obama announced an expansion to the Educate to Innovate program. The new initiative is called “Change the Equation” and will bring together 100 CEOs of major companies to help build better science, engineering, technology and math programs in the highest need communities. The initiative will encourage private partnerships with public school programs.

Introductory remarks were given by Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox and one of the leaders of the initiative. The President pointed out that companies participating in Change the Equation will not only be able to give back to their nation, but will also benefit in the long-term from improvement in science education, which aims to produce more engineers, scientists, and innovators. To illustrate the kind of programs Change the Equation envisions, he discussed a group of high school students who worked together to build a fuel-efficient car.

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How the CEO of Xerox Thinks We Can Improve US Education

ursula-burnsUrsula Burns, CEO of Xerox, addressed the question of education reform in a speech at the Detroit Economic Club this week. She said that schools need to focus on effectively teaching math and science, in order to make the US economy competitive on a global scale. She pointed out that 150,000 engineering jobs with salaries over $60,000 went unfilled two years ago, due to the lack of qualified applicants.

She decried the amount of money that is donated to educational institutes every year, yet results are still poor. “If you ran a business that invested a billion dollars with so little progress, you’d shut it down,” Burns said. She also said that young people need better mentors, who would be able to direct students towards careers that are not only interesting, but also needed and lucrative.

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Frog Dissection iPad App Allows Students to Learn without Harming Frogs

The Frog Dissection App for iPads

My least favorite class in high school was biology, which isn’t strange because I like science and I really enjoy learning about the world around me. So, it seems like biology should have been one of my favorite classes right? Well, it was…until we had to dissect a frog.

I don’t know if you have ever dissected a frog, but it was an awful experience for me. First off, they stink. Really, really badly. Secondly, I hate dead things; they just give me the creeps. And the third major problem for me was that a frog had to die so that I could dig around in its intestines. It just was not at all pleasant for me.

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Rice University Students Create Life-Saving Medical Equipment

Rice students' Sally Centrifuge. Image Via: Rice University

Rice students' Sally Centrifuge. Image Via: Rice University

Does it ever feel like you really are not gaining any experience from your classes that can be applied to the real world? I know I have felt that way about several of my classes.

Let’s be honest: As a journalist, when will I ever need Math for Critical Thinking or biochemistry? Probably never.

But students at Rice University are learning real life skills, and applying them to make life-saving medical technology. These students created a piece of medical equipment that can test people for anemia from a salad spinner, combs, yogurt containers, and other common household items. This type of medical equipment is usually very expensive, but the students’ approach only costs around $30.

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President Obama Announces New Plan to Further Science and Math Education

mathScience and math are two academic fields where the U.S.  faces tough challenges from other countries. Now, President Barack Obama, as part of his efforts to improve education in America, is striving to make these fields more appealing to students.

A new campaign called Educate to Innovate was announced in late November to promote science, technology, math, and engineering. The campaign will ask companies and nonprofit groups to donate time and money to encourage students to study in these fields.

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Women Bridging the Gender Gap in Science and Math

Women are becoming increasingly more common in the once predominantly male world of science and engineering. Although the female gender is underrepresented in math, science, and engineering faculty positions at major research universities, those who do apply are “interviewed and hired at rates equal to or higher than those for men,” according to a recent report from the National Research Council. Also noted in the study was that women who are considered “receive tenure at the same or higher rates than men.”Scientist

In a similar report this week, researchers at the University of Wisconsin reviewed a variety of studies and concluded that the “achievement gap between boys and girls in mathematics performance has narrowed to the vanishing point. U.S. girls have now reached parity with boys, even in high school and even for measures requiring complex problem solving,” the Wisconsin researchers said. Read the rest of this entry »





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