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Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Motor’ musts for every child

Herald Review – Tiffany Madsen

“Legos and playgrounds are for busy children that need things to capture their attention and use up energy, right? Wrong!…When children are playing on a playground, playing a sport, dancing or riding a bike, they are building and learning large muscles and large motor control. When children are playing Legos, dressing Barbies, buttoning and zipping clothes, drawing or playing Playdoh, they are building and learning fine motor and fine motor control…Parents just need the information and tools to recognize how to help…” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

San Francisco 49ers, Chevron Team Up on STEM Education

Education News – Grace Smith

“The San Francisco 49ers’ aren’t just about football — the team has developed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative along with Chevron to boost learning opportunities for nearby students.”

The San Francisco 49ers’ aren’t just about football — the team has developed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative along with Chevron to boost learning opportunities for nearby students. The 49ers staff is working with 60 students from Cabrillo Middle School through the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s Chevron STEM Zone:

 

“When we broke ground on Levi’s® Stadium 26 months ago, an idea started germinating about doing something really significant in the community commensurate with when we were cutting the ribbon on Levi’s® Stadium,” said Joanne Pasternack, director of community relations & 49ers Foundation. “We went through a number of ideas, but the item that really resonated with our ownership and with the 49ers Foundation and our mission, was taking outstanding kids who are under resourced and helping them have the opportunity to become absolutely exceptional and to do amazing things in their life.”

 

The Chevron STEM Zone is an interactive space that will allow students to learn how math, science, engineering, and science connect to everyday life.

 

The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) developed the zone as part of a $4 million investment made by the 49ers Foundation and Chevron. In addition to this classroom, the grant from Chevron will support STEM education at the Denise DeBartolo York Education Center’s Chevron STEM Zone at the 49ers Museum, teaching young people the Science of Football. (more)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bullyproof for school: A jujitsu master mixes kale and stopping bullies

The Christian Science Monitor – Lisa Suhay

“Rener Gracie and Brian Ortega are famous for their jujitsu and mixed martial arts skills respectively, but they are also making a big impact outside of their sports by helping kids to deal with bullies through the ‘BullyProof’ summer camp.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Education Week – AP

“Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.” (more)

Friday, June 27, 2014

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition – Goal-Line Tech

Change the Equation – Staff Writer

“Whether you’re an avid soccer fan or just like to tune in once every four years, it seems like everyone’s talking about the World Cup! But it’s not just the action on the field that’s getting all the attention – the tech is also front and center…for the first time, goal-line technology has been incorporated into the tournament, allowing officials and fans a more accurate determination of whether or not a goal has been scored…Check out more examples of how technology is revolutionizing the world’s most popular soccer event…” (more)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sport builds girls’ confidence, says schools leader

BBC – Judith Burns

“Girls should take part in competitive sport to build confidence and resilience, the leader of a group of girls’ schools will argue this week.”(more)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Presidential Proclamation — National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2014

The White House – Press Release

“I, BARACK OBAMA…do hereby proclaim May 2014 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month…we encourage America’s sons and daughters to get active and challenge everyone to join the movement for a happier, fitter Nation.”(more)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Creative ways to get children to exercise

South China Morning Post – James Quinlan

“Ask your children which sport or activity they enjoy, or would like to try out. Starting with a multi-sports or mini-sports class at a young age is ideal; it develops a wide variety of skills, and lets your children establish what kind of sports they like. The more traditional, competitive sports are not for all.”(more)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

The New York Times – Jennifer Arrow

“It sometimes seems that the American success ethic stops at the schoolhouse door. We encourage ambition in youth sports and entrepreneurial enterprise, but our families are often suspicious of the value of scholastic competition…Dr. Huang’s thoughtful book makes a persuasive argument that, in light of the demands of our current cutthroat global economy, American parents may do well to think of themselves as cognitive coaches for their kids. We should look at the homework spread across the dining room table playing field and say with all appropriate gusto: “Game on.””(more)

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASCAR used to help connect kids to STEM

WBALTV.com – Jennifer Franciotti

“When it comes to getting some kids interested in tough topics like science and math, it’s not always easy, but connecting it with something they like might help…Dr. Diandra Leslie Pelecky, the author of “The Physics of NASCAR,” is part of the Nifty 50 series of speakers, a group of top scientists visiting Baltimore-area schools to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).”(more)