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December 3, 2012
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STEM News for Educators

  • STEM plays role in Colo. higher-education plan
    Higher-education officials in Colorado charged with creating a master plan for the state's colleges and universities, are considering ways to boost enrollment and graduation rates for rural, minority and low-income students. Officials said goals that focus on increasing interest in science, technology, engineering and math fields would be good for the state's financial future, and noted that some schools might do more to increase partnerships between industry and college. The Denver Post (12/3) Email this Story
  • Educator offers ideas for using video games in STEM lessons
    Professionals who work in science, technology, engineering and math often work in programming, so educator Shawn Cornally writes in this blog post that he incorporates games in his classroom as a segue into programming. Cornally offers lesson suggestions for two popular games, Mindcraft and Portal 2, as well as ideas for teaching students to write their own computer code. For example, Cornally writes, he has his students figure out if the actions in Portal 2 violate the laws of physics. Cornally's blog (11/30)
  • Science teacher replaces homework with "quests"
    A high-school teacher in Iowa has adopted a hands-on teaching technique in her biology and human physiology classes in which students complete "quests," rather than homework assignments. Instead of setting deadlines for assignments, students are given quests that they must work on until they get 100%, with papers containing errors returned for corrections. Katie Bunce said the technique allows her to better understand how her students learn while removing much of the tension about grades. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (12/1)
  • Tech leader urges more industry, school partnerships
    At an annual event of the Semiconductor Industry Association, Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton urged industry leaders to get more involved with school programs and help inspire students to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. "The STEM challenge is not an immediate crisis -- but this country doesn't always respond well without a crisis," Templeton said. "If everyone here starts adopting schools in their own backyard, we can make a difference -- it's about the availability of great bright minds." EE Times (11/30) Email this Story
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  • Foreign-language pilot is part of STEM curriculum in Md. district
    Students at two elementary schools in a Maryland district take a semester of Spanish and a semester of Chinese each year as part of a pilot program, now in its second year, that seeks to infuse foreign-language instruction in a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering and math. The language courses primarily are focused on science, but they also incorporate culture, health, language arts and social studies. The Baltimore Sun (11/29)
  • Smaller company could be sign of manufacturing growth
    Manufacturing in the U.S. need not be limited to major corporations in cities traditionally known for factories. In Baltimore, a company called Marlin Steel is attracting national media attention as an example of how a smaller manufacturing company adapted to a changing marketplace by relying on precision engineering to emerge as a successful company with customers around the world. The Baltimore Sun (11/30) Email this Story
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