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February 25, 2013
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  • Problem-solving skills are focus of STEM education in Pa.
    Schools in western Pennsylvania are emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math throughout students' educational careers in an effort to create a generation of problem-solvers, education leaders say. For example, in one district, elementary-school students are introduced to hands-on STEM projects using Legos, and high-school students use Lego kits to learn about robotics. "We're trying to grow this across the board, because kids will be able to transition (these skills) from subject to subject to subject," coordinator of STEM education and high-school assistant principal Michael Choby said. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/23) Email this Story
  • Mass. district considers themes for middle schools
    Members of the School Committee Curriculum subcommittee in Lowell, Mass., recently discussed options of forming an "exam school," as one potential theme for public middle schools. However, the plan drew criticism from some members who said principals are concerned that such a school would draw their top-performing students and cause a drop in their own exam scores. Other potential themes for schools include the arts and science, technology, engineering and math. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (2/22)
  • N.C. district invests in making students "future ready"
    Officials in Moore County, N.C., are seeking to provide a 21st-century education for students, in part, by investing in one-to-one classroom technology. Already, schools have received deliveries of laptop computers and iPads, all aimed at making students "future ready." Officials say expenses -- $225,000 for one elementary school and $106,000 for Pinckney Academy -- included professional development for teachers. The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.) (2/25)
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  • Is after-school the next hot place to learn about STEM?
    The number of after-school clubs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math is growing, guest blogger Gina Cairney writes in this post. Cairney highlights examples of programs where students can learn about everything from video-game design to scientific inquiry. "With a bucket of Legos, there's an endless number of things that can be built, from a simple square block to a 5-foot replica of a superhero of your choosing," she writes. Education Week/Beyond School blog (2/22) Email this Story
  • Inspiring students to pursue STEM careers requires a new approach
    Emphasizing the need to be outstanding at math and science to have a successful career in a science, technology, engineering or math field may be dissuading students from pursuing STEM fields in school and beyond, writes Russell Mickelson, CEO of STEM Academy. "In order to fully appreciate the value of math and science, the majority of students today need to be explicitly shown the rationale and application of the lessons they are learning," he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/22) Email this Story
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It is wonderful how much news there is when people write every other day; if they wait for a month, there is nothing that seems worth telling."
--Anna Masterton Buchan,
Scottish writer



 
 
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