The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2/14/2014 - Jacob Clark Blickenstaff—NSTA Reports
High school science teachers can find connections to spider web construction, buoyancy, and calorimetry in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
1/15/2014 - Jacob Clark Blickenstaff—NSTA Reports
Biology, chemistry, and even physics teachers can take advantage of Wesen characteristics in Grimm to discuss adaptations, physiology, and kinematics.
12/2/2013 - Jacob Clark Blickenstaff—NSTA Reports
Despite any shortcomings in details and with the online simulator, Gravity is the most scientifically accurate space film in a very long time.
NSF Grant to Promote Scientific Research Activities in Schools
9/27/2013 - Education Week
Students and teachers will have the chance to engage in their own hands-on scientific research, thanks to a new five-year, $7.3 million "citizen science" initiative, led by North Carolina State University, from the National Science Foundation.
N.C. Program to Recognize Exemplary STEM Schools
9/11/2013 - Education Week
With the STEM label being applied liberally these days in education—some would say too liberally—North Carolina is launching an effort to publicly recognize schools and school-based programs that demonstrate they deserve the moniker.
First STEMx MOOC Takes Place Sept. 19–21
9/10/2013 - THE Journal
The International Society for Technology in Education will host the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference, a MOOC dedicated to STEMx educators.
Census Bureau Reports Women's Employment in Science, Tech, Engineering and Math Jobs Slowing as Their Share of Computer Employment Falls
9/10/2013 - U.S. Census Bureau
Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics occupations—commonly referred to as STEM jobs—has slowed since the 1990s, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released yesterday. Women's employment in STEM has slowed because their share in computer occupations declined to 27% in 2011 after reaching a high of 34% in 1990. Blacks and Hispanics also remain underrepresented in STEM jobs. These statistics come from two reports released yesterday: Disparities in STEM Employment by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin and The Relationship Between Science and Engineering Education and Employment in STEM Occupations.
Lasker Awards Go to Five Scientists and Gateses
9/10/2013 - The New York Times
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards, often called the “American Nobels,” will go this year to three scientists who helped deaf people to hear, two others who made fundamental discoveries about how the brain works, and two of the world’s best-known philanthropists, Bill and Melinda Gates.
To Boost STEM Education, Companies Need to Change How They Hire
9/9/2013 - U.S. News & World Report
Jamai Blivin, founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate, says that the pathway from education to employment is evolving—and companies need to adapt to hire the best and brightest candidates.
California Adopts Common Science Standards By Unanimous Vote
9/5/2013 - Education Week
The state board of education in California voted yesterday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, bringing to six the number of states to take such action.
Young Students Against Bad Science
9/3/2013 - The New York Times
Your parents may have had to walk uphill, both ways, to get to school. But as ideological warfare threatens the teaching of climate science and evolution in many schools, it is clear that today’s students face their own obstacles on the road to a respectable science education—and some are speaking out.
LEGO Reveals a Female Scientist Minifigure
9/3/2013 - Smithsonian.com
It is the summer of lady scientist toys, it seems. Just a few weeks ago Barbie released their “Mars Explorer” doll. And today LEGO unleashed their female scientist block figurine.
Expecting the Best Yields Results in Massachusetts
9/3/2013 - The New York Times
Adopting rigorous standards, and sticking with them while giving teachers some breathing room, has helped Massachusetts’ students rise to No. 1 in the nation on science and math achievement.
Will Gaming Save Education, or Just Waste Time?
9/2/2013 - THE Journal
Today's sophisticated digital games are engaging students and conveying hard-to-teach concepts like failure and perspective. So why aren't more classrooms playing along?