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Using discussions about math to improve student proficiency

Aug 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in Promoting Interest in STEM, Science, Math & Computer Science, STEM Learning Methodologies

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On paper, math problems can be confusing and difficult to think through. Because of this, students are now being encouraged to talk about their math thinking. According to this article in Edutopia, math conversations not only make the math problems easier for students to understand, but they also help the instructor better evaluate student progress.

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Real-world project-based learning connects students and community

Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in Social-Conscious STEM, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, students in the Houston-area district of Klein ISD approached the damage as an “innovation challenge” and worked to build prototypes of flood barriers to attempt to protect their communities from future storms and wreckage. The students referred to their team as the “Water Warriors.”

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In preparing students for the workforce, schools are facing challenges

Jun 24, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Careers and CTE, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

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Schools have been shifting curriculum to help students develop the skills they need in the future workforce. Rather than simply teaching concepts, teachers are trying to focus more on the real-world application of those concepts. However, there are some challenges in preparing students for the world of work.

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Library of Things makes library the heart of community

Apr 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis posted in STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, Technology, Education Technology, Library of Things

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Libraries have been a place to check out books for centuries. However, checking out things like telescopes or board games would have been unthinkable. Now, its something that is expected of libraries, which are evolving into “libraries of things.”

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A New Group of Teachers in Town

Mar 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Clara Hays posted in STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, Robotics, STEM Learning Methodologies, Education Technology

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Teach programming to high-schoolers and pre-K students at the same time!
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