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Schools add another ‘S’ to STEM—for sports

The District Administration – Steven Wyman-Blackburn

“Administrators from the Houston area discovered a more effective way of teaching terminal velocity and gravity—by keeping students afloat on 150-mph winds inside a vertical tunnel. The experience—hosted by the indoor skydiving facility iFLY—is one of many physical activities that schools use to better engage students in STEM courses. “PE-based STEM brings life back into physics,” says Georgette Yakman, founder of STEAM Education, a company that provides PD. “It connects athletes to the deep level of mathematical science behind their movements.”(more)

A new generation craves this kind of curriculum

E-School News – Darren Faust

“The generation in school now is the first generation raised entirely in the Age of Technology. They are digital natives, many of them using computers, smartphones, and other digital tools nearly from birth. As technology continues to grow and expand, so too will the ways we use it. This growth and expansion will impact the types of jobs that will be available in the next 10–20 years. So how do we as educators prepare Gen Z for jobs that may not even exist yet?.”(more)

3 tips and tricks for coding and STEAM in the classroom

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“While coding is an essential 21st century language, coding alone won’t be enough to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. What students are able to DO with coding is what matters. Jon Samuelson, Innovation Strategist at Beaverton School District in Beaverton, OR, presented tips and tricks for student involvement in the recent edWebinar, ‘Coding + STEAM: Getting Students Future Ready.'”(more)

How a STEM/STEAM Education Prepares Children for Future Success

Pasadena Now – Staff Writer

“Few people would argue that education is one of the most important factors that contribute to your child’s long-term success. While the ideas about the best way to educate children are constantly shifting, one methodology showing consistent success is STEM/STEAM education. Below, we discuss how a STEM/STEAM education is essential for preparing your children for the future.”(more)

Want STEAM to stick? Make it interactive, hands-on

El Paso INC – Denise Nelso-Prieto

“Across the United States, communities are focused on growing STEM and now STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and math – programs for its children and schools. According to Popular Science, the science and technology job market is increasing three times faster than the rest of the economy, but there’s still limited interest in these areas among U.S. youth.”(more)

There’s Something Missing From STEM Learning

Education Week – Susan Riley

“The education field can always count on shifting priorities. Over the past 20 years, in an attempt to “fix” what many people dub a broken public school system, everyone from politicians to famous athletes to business moguls to education leaders has tried to find and repair the gaps in student achievement. But many educators are skeptical of new initiatives that come down the pike. Is a revamped approach really meant to help prepare children for the future, or is it just people outside of education sticking their noses where they don’t belong?.”(more)