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3 ways to help students think and act as scientists

E-School News – Ryan Reardon

“I enjoy challenging students to engage in hands-on scientific inquiry. In fact, I’m always telling my students and colleagues that I don’t want our students to think and act like scientists. I want them to think and act as scientists. Here are three things we can do to make that happen.” (more)

Famous African American Inventors

Scholastic – Staff Writer

“Meet 14 inventors who changed history with their contributions to science, industry, business, agriculture, transportation, and communication. Think about what kind of obstacles they may have faced, both personally and professionally.” (more)

Diversity at the front of the classroom could mean more diversity among future scientists

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“Lithium, the element, burns red. The flame for sodium is a strong orange. With potassium, it’s pink. Before he did a flame test in his chemistry class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J., 16-year-old Naysaan Benson thought fire only had two colors – orange and red. The experiment surprised him. “There was green, red, orange, yellow,” Benson said. Now he understands how fireworks get their color.” (more)

How One STEM Education Startup Is Changing Career Paths For Millennial Women

Forbes – Andrea Loubier

“Dr. Anna Powers is redefining the image of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, building the next generation of innovators, closing the gender pay-gap and cultivating a community of young women who are change-makers. In 2016, Dr. Powers established her organization, Powers Education, which uses an interdisciplinary, intuitive and creative method she developed to teach STEM subjects. Creativity is a skill necessary for innovation. In an increasingly digitalized world, where jobs are replaced by algorithms interpreted by machines, Dr Powers believes that “It is imperative to learn science in a creative way that leads that leads to innovation that can create jobs”.”(more)

The Key To America’s Future? Science

NPR Marcelo Gleiser

“How many Americans realize that one of the greatest, if not the greatest, legacies of this country are its amazing universities, incubators of some of the most creative ideas in the past 100 years? Ideas that have changed the world, that have shaped the way we live, that have saved (and taken) countless lives, that pave the way for what the future will be like. Manned missions to Mars, the privatization of the space race, self-driving cars, the explosion of social media platforms, renewable energy sources, the endless pursuit for new cures and vaccines, smart robots, ultrafast computers — these are the technologies that will define the 21st century, and they all depend crucially on science and scientific research.”(more)