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November 19, 2014
When robots face off, kids learn science, math and more
The city-wide competition was put on for the third time Sunday by Mayor Greg Ballard’s office, with 126 high school, middle school and elementary school teams competing. Speedway High School took highest honors, which aren't based on the tournament results. The idea for the competition was born when Ballard witnessed a robotics competition and saw how engaged the students were with their work, pushing adults away and problem-solving on their own.
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August 27, 2014
STEM push called vital to state’s economic future
Lack of a “statewide vision” and strategy for STEM education “is impeding Colorado’s ability to develop a strong local talent pipeline needed for an innovation economy,” according to a new Colorado STEM Education Roadmap.
July 11, 2014
Denver youth build video games at Denver’s IdeaLAB
Most people haven’t heard of 3D modeling, and they probably have never created a video game from scratch, either, but a group of Denver students…
June 17, 2014
Teachers find space to teach creativity, teamwork under new standards
Denver area teachers met last week to discuss ways to work Common Core and Colorado Academic Standards around their lesson plans, rather than having to completely revamp curricula to meet the new standards.
May 28, 2014
With science mentoring competition win, Indy hopes to inspire
Indianapolis' proposal beat out plans from 45 other cities to earn the city a share of $1 million in privately raised dollars through the US2020 City Competition. It was one of just seven cities picked to earn financial, consulting and staff support to launch its plan.
May 6, 2014
State launches STEM scholarship for SUNY, CUNY-bound grads
The state is ready to pay some students’ tuition to CUNY or SUNY, if they commit to studying science, technology, engineering, or math, Gov. Andrew…
December 24, 2013
Sloan Foundation honors seven city math and science teachers
For the fifth straight year, the Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation gave city teachers awards for excellence in teaching science and mathematics. The honorees were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and administrators and then selected by a committee made up of representatives from local science museums and universities, based on their students’ achievement, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and their efforts to promote math and science inside and outside the classroom. Schools with winning teachers each received $2,500 to support their math and science programs, and the teachers took home $5,000. Here are this year’s recipients, along with a highlight about each that we pulled from longer biographies compiled by the Sloan Awards. (Here are last year’s winners, and 2011’s.) Teacher: Eloise Thompson Subject: College Algebra/Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics School: DeWitt Clinton High School, Bedford Park, Bronx Why her school thinks she’s great: Thompson, the youngest of 14 children, attended Bronx schools herself and now has developed a reputation at a struggling school for connecting personally with her students.
August 26, 2013
Quinn: Girls should have their own tech schools
Mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants to open at least five new all-girls middle schools, one in each borough, dedicated to science and math. "The point of the schools, and in particular that it’s girls only, is in part to send a message to girls, ‘This is a field for you,’" Quinn said at a press conference at Brooklyn Bridge Park today. Quinn herself attended an all-girls Catholic high school and has said she would expand single-sex schooling if she is elected. (Single-sex education has strong advocates, but researchers say there’s no evidence that it improves learning and could actually diminish students’ self-esteem.)
May 31, 2013
To teach teachers how to code, UFT launches training course
An organization founded to tackle one shortage area in computer science education is teaming up with the teachers union to address another. Girls Who Code, whose founder Reshma Saujani is running for citywide office this year, launched last year to address stark gender inequities that exist in computer science, one of the many job markets in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) where women are underrepresented. The organization's eight-week curriculum began last summer with 20 girls and will expand to 160 this summer, with new programs in Detroit and San Francisco as well. The organization will also be lending its curriculum out to help train a small group of 20 teachers, the United Federation of Teachers announced this week. The union is trying to keep pace with the evolving demands in career and technical education and union chief Michael Mulgrew said one challenge is retaining young math and science teachers, who leave "because we don't give them something engaging to do." "We're going to make the difference by doing it where it really counts, which is training the teachers so they can bring it inside of the classroom because that's where the students are," Mulgrew said this week at an event announcing the pilot, called "Teachers Who Code".
November 17, 2011
Ask an Expert: What is a STEM school?
With open enrollment season upon us, you might consider checking out a STEM focus school if your child has a tendency to love computer gaming or wants to know how everything works, this school choice expert says.
November 16, 2011
Ask an Expert: When girls think they stink at math.
A boy told this parent's daughter that "girls can't do math." Despite numerous studies and programs, girls are still getting this message. Here are some ways to counteract the stereotype.
November 11, 2011
DOE, local groups approved for more federal innovation funding
The Department of Education's Innovation Zone is poised to bring home millions of dollars in federal innovation funding for the second year in a row. The Obama administration yesterday released a list of 23 Investing in Innovation grant applicants that it wants to fund. The groups, culled from nearly 600 applicants, will share a $150 million pool of funding. The groups have until next month to line up matching funds from other sources to secure their grants. The DOE's InnovateNYC program landed high on the list of applicants aiming to bolster science and technology education, putting it in line to receive $3 million in federal funding. The department will use the funding to connect its Office of Innovation with private partners and other school districts as it designs technologies for schools, according to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. "There is so much potential for technology as a tool that helps students get on track for college and careers — but right now, engineers and developers need a better understanding of the challenges facing New York City and other urban school districts," he said in a statement. Last year, when the Obama administration made $650 million available, another city Innovation Zone program, School of One, won $5 million to develop its computerized math teaching program. (School of One is part of InnovateNYC.) But the city's request for innovation funding for other purposes, such as to open new small schools, was turned down.
September 30, 2011
This week's teaching & learning tidbits
$1 billion on the line for education in Colorado - U.S. News releases best science and math high school rankings - "21st century learning" has even little ones going high-tech - Montbello attacks math problem through fellowships - Boulder Valley school board supports later school start - More than half of Denver schools meeting/exceeding standards
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