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Math and Science Education

Raising a STEM Daughter: Tips to Encourage Math and Science -- it Paid Off!

Subha V. Barry | Posted 03.03.2016 | Parents
Subha V. Barry

We bemoan the lack of women in senior STEM roles and we struggle to get girls interested in math and science early in their school lives. Here is a s...

Failure IS an Option

Melanie Fine | Posted 03.01.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

As summer vacation ends, teachers observe the annual ritual of returning to school days ahead of their students, to be indoctrinated in the school dis...

Think Twice Before Blaming Teachers

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.23.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

I hear it every day from my own students. "You don't teach us," they mutter under their breath, or sometimes brazenly out loud. "No one gets this," individual students remark beneficently on behalf of everyone. And so I struggle. Every day. Every class. Every interaction.

Does A Scientist Have To Be Good At Math?

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.19.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

The short answer is "It can't hurt." The physical sciences, such as Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, all require a great deal of math to master. That is...

Are Prodigies Born That Way?

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

We have all met certain precocious children that learn tremendously quickly, read from an early age, and display advanced vocabulary. What we rarely see, however, are the hours and years of work involved in educating a child with a "gift."

How 'Smart' Do You Need to Be to Do Science?

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.17.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

There's a belief in the United States that there are two types of people -- those who are good at math, and those who aren't. And yet, studies have shown very few, if any, genetic differences between a strong mathematician and someone "not good at math."

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Stealth Learning at Its Best

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.28.2015 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab is an all-new animated comedy series from Genius International starring the greatest inventor of all time and a madcap cast...

Conversations with William Winter: on education, racism, millennials' obligation to social justice, and Mississippi's place in America

Lamees El-sadek | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Lamees El-sadek

I had long known of his legacy, but I first, personally, met Governor Winter two years ago, shortly after I returned from graduate school to my home, Mississippi.

The Paradoxes in Getting More Women and Minorities in STEM

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 11.12.2015 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

As a female math major, I am all for minorities and women in STEM, but I feel like voicing out about the complexities with this issue and why it's far from a straightforward fix. So, while mathematics strives for simplicity and directness, the problems with getting more women and minorities involved in this subject is far from simple or straightforward.

Problem Solving Skills Needed Now

Alice Bean | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Alice Bean

Just as I can't learn how to play basketball by watching people play basketball, students can't learn how to solve problems by watching others solve problems or talk about solving problems.

Technology Education for Students Is Essential in Creating a Future STEM Workforce, and It Starts With Educating Teachers

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Felix W. Ortiz III

It's no secret there is an incredible middle-skills jobs gap right now, with not enough qualified workers to fill open positions in the U.S., especially in STEM fields, energy and manufacturing industries.

What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

Arguing for Science Literacy

Arthur Camins | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

Students who learn to be confident that their ability to "get smart" is not a fixed trait, but instead a malleable capacity that they can grow as a result of effort, are better able to engage in argumentation and persist through difficult intellectual work.

In Search of Science Role Models

Melanie Fine | Posted 03.15.2014 | Science
Melanie Fine

Kids may be able to list the starting lineup of the Boston Red Sox, but probably can't name even one contemporary scientist. Some 75 percent of the 2013 Nobel prize winning scientists are United States citizens, and yet they live in virtual anonymity among the general American public.

Drones Over the Faculty Lounge

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.04.2013 | Comedy
Patricia McGuire

A secret memo left on the counter of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill maps out the federal government's real plan to "shake up" higher education. Reading between the stains of a venti/halfskim/halfsoy/halfcaf/doubleshot latte, here are the salient points

Can Math Improve Climate Prediction?

Ian Roulstone | Posted 07.23.2013 | Science
Ian Roulstone

It has been said by various authors that climate is what we expect, but weather is what we get. How can we use math and supercomputers to predict the change in variability of weather?

Exceptional Women in STEM Should Be the Rule

Melissa Moritz | Posted 10.01.2013 | Technology
Melissa Moritz

I can honestly -- and naively -- say that it never once occurred to me that I couldn't grow up to be anything I wanted. It wasn't until I started my current role that I realized that a woman who was encouraged to pursue STEM as a child can be a rare thing indeed.

What Does Head Girl Mean?

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Helen I. Hwang

How did my 8-year-old daughter start thinking along gender lines? By girl and boy categories? That there's worth in being the best girl, even if you're not better than two boys?

New Science Standards May Face Tough Battle With Politics

Posted 04.11.2013 | Science

A new set of science standards released by Achieve, an educational nonprofit, could transform American science education -- if politicians can keep th...

The War Over Math and Reading

Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling | Posted 05.27.2013 | Science
Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling

I don't want to slow down the engine that is promoting improved access for girls and women in science and technology. But Stoet and Geary's data actually beg for answers about educating the low achievers.

The Messages We Send to Young Girls, From Sheryl Sandberg (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | Home

How can we get young girls to have more self-confidence before they enter the workplace? Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg thinks that it is imp...

Study: Girl Mathletes Won't Quit

Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

Studies consistently show that males perform better in single-event math contests, but new research published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and ...

What 90% of Schools Don't Teach

Hadi and Ali Partovi | Posted 04.28.2013 | Technology
Hadi and Ali Partovi

At a time when most English majors graduate jobless, computer science majors are twice as likely to land a job. Computers are our job-creation engine, and programmers earn among the highest salaries in America.

Why Would Students Voluntarily Answer One Billion Math Problems?

Shantanu Sinha | Posted 04.17.2013 | Technology
Shantanu Sinha

We recently surpassed one billion math problems answered on Khan Academy. I've seen it coming for quite some time, and I still find it somewhat astounding.

Global Connections, Common Core Standards Can Boost U.S. Student Competitiveness, Education Ranking

Miles Gilburne | Posted 01.30.2013 | Education
Miles Gilburne

How do American students fare on the latest round of respected international assessments? Not so well, according to recent results on the exam known as the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.