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The STEM Zombie Apocalypse

Edutopia – Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang

“So many adults, including teachers, joke about not being able to do simple math or not being a “science person” that many students enter STEM classrooms with negative views. This creates a fixed mindset as students believe they need certain natural abilities to be successful in math and science. As educators, we need to create opportunities for students to overcome these deeply planted negative views.” (more)

Are there enough young people going into science?

On Rec – Staff Writer

“Across the world, scientific innovation is driving forward progress – from globalised drug development to technological expansion beyond Silicon Valley. In an era dubbed the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, change is happening at a rapid pace and large scale. But in a sector so reliant on top-tier skills, training up the new generation is essential. Are governments across the world investing enough in science education, and does science have enough people power to push ahead?” (more)

Space and the ‘Breath of Art’: How Out-of-This-World STEM Education Is Transforming Schools

Space – Carie Lemack

” Frank Lloyd Wright called space “the breath of art.” He disrupted architecture — he revolutionized the use of space on Earth — through the buildings he designed. If you want to see a different but no less artistic use of space, look not to Wright’s artistic treatment of space, but instead to students using their creativity to design experiments bound for outer space. Look to the heavens to see the latest academic disruption on Earth.” (more)

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Lillian Mongeau

“Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. It provides real life applications for reading and math and develops critical thinking skills that help students solve problems in other subjects. Plus, it’s interesting. It helps answer all those “why” questions — Why is the sun hot? Why do fish swim? Why are some people tall and other people short? — that 5- to 8-year-old children are so famous for asking.” (more)

Applying the Power of Stories to Excite Students About Science

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Ed Kang loved science growing up and ended up earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience. But he left academia to teach high school over 10 years ago, believing one of the reasons students at neighborhood schools (non-magnet) in Chicago dislike science is that they don’t have teachers who are passionate about the subject. While teaching at a high-poverty school on Chicago’s South Side, Kang met his future wife, Amy Schwartzbach-Kang, an English teacher. Amy grew up in a family full of scientists, but found the subject dull, rote and uninspiring.” (more)

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

The Hechinger Report – Sharon Lurye

“Laser cutters, robots, 3D printers: when people talk about educational makerspaces, images of expensive, high-tech gadgetry comes to mind. In Colleen Graves’ library, they make use of a much cheaper resource. “It’s trash,” she said. “But don’t call it that.” The school librarian from Leander, Texas, was speaking on a panel about how to make makerspaces affordable and accessible in low-income and rural schools. To get her kids interested in building and engineering, Graves uses lots of recycled goods or material found in nature. While she does have access to some gadgets, any invention her students make starts off with a prototype made from cardboard.” (more)