Students from US, Ghana partner in STEM contest | How PBL can help students learn real-world math | N.H. students tap maple trees, grow crops
March 27, 2017
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Students from US, Ghana partner in STEM contest
Students from US, Ghana partner in STEM contest
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US students have partnered with peers from Ghana to collaborate and solve a real-world problem as part of a science competition run by a global nonprofit. Students from McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C., have worked with their teammates from Winneba Senior High School in Ghana to address water issues that affect the world.
National Public Radio (3/23) 
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How PBL can help students learn real-world math
Project-based lessons in math class can help students understand how they will apply their skills in real-world situations, writes math facilitator Joshua Giebel. In this blog post, he shares the example of how he used a chair's design to help build students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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N.H. students tap maple trees, grow crops
A New Hampshire farm-to-table program gets students involved in planting, growing and selling fresh ingredients that become a part of school lunches. Students learned to tap raw maple sap from school trees and transform it into syrup, an activity that also taught them about science and math.
The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.) (3/24) 
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Gender Equity in STEM
Mentorship program connects future biotech leaders with C-suite
Life sciences investor Lisa Suennen and co-founder Lisa Serwin have developed a nonprofit networking program called CSweetener in an effort to help close the gender gap in biotech leadership by matching future female executives with mentors who have C-suite experience. It's part of a growing effort to position women for leadership roles in the industry, including Women In Bio's Boardroom Ready program, which has already trained 20 women and had four placed on boards.
Xconomy (3/23) 
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Research & Funding
Math intervention program uses robots
An Ohio school district has introduced robots in several middle-school classrooms to encourage students to apply and reinforce math concepts. Students who have interacted with the robots are posting higher math achievement scores in response to this curriculum.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (3/26) 
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Business & Industry
Mock crime scene offers cross-curricular lessons
Teachers at an Illinois junior high school used a mock crime scene to teach cross-curricular lessons in math, science and English. Students learned about DNA in blood, then used math to map a crime scene and learned interrogation techniques.
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) (3/25) 
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Senators sponsor Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act
Recently, Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman, Tammy Baldwin and Todd Young, co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, reintroduced the bipartisan Educating Tomorrow's Workforce Act. Read more on the CTE Policy Watch blog.
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Students build world-record setting drag racer
This week's Industry Connect blog highlights a partnership between a high school automotive program and the educational research organization foundry10. Read more on the blog.
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