Some schools have embraced the maker movement to encourage discovery-based learning as well as science, technology, engineering and math skills. Business and university partners have collaborated with some schools to help create dedicated makerspaces.
Educators can help students become more engaged in the classroom by recognizing and developing their leadership skills, asserts Daniel Oscar, president and CEO of the Center for Supportive Schools. In this blog post, Oscar suggests ways to achieve this goal through tasks such as mentoring younger students or serving as a classroom assistant.
A Texas school district will add science to self-contained courses offered to students who are gifted in fifth through 10th grades. The district began offering a self-contained, gifted language-arts class two years ago, and is looking for ways to meet students' needs by expanding into other subjects.
Female engineering undergraduates were less likely to drop out and were more motivated and self-assured when paired with a female mentor, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Researcher Nilanjana Dasgupta says the mentors serve as "social vaccines" against negative stereotypes that can keep some women out of science, technology, engineering and math fields.
Peer pressure may cause students to avoid opportunities to improve their academic performance, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers found participation in SAT-prep classes increased from 53% to 80% when sign-ups were made private instead of public.
Colorado's Greeley-Weld County Airport helped introduce young people to general aviation at a recent Learn to Fly Day, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aims Community College. Pilots took up to three passengers for 20-minute rides in a Cessna 172.
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Deadline for CTE student scholarships is fast approaching
The Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program is offering 1,020 scholarships of up to $2,500 each to students pursuing a CTE certificate or degree at a community college. ACTE is proud to support this initiative and we encourage students to apply by the June 15 deadline. Learn more.