Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

The White House - Valerie Jarrett

President Obama believes in the innate curiosity of every child, and our responsibility to ensure that every young woman and girl has the opportunity to achieve her dreams, regardless of what zip code she is born in.

This week, as part of the President’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students, the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Education, and the Georgetown University Law Center on Poverty and Inequality highlighted programs that focus on developing the talent of girls of color and low-income girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and career technical education (CTE) careers.

We heard from the educators, innovators, researchers, scientists, and marginalized girls themselves who are dedicated to increasing the participation of low-income girls and girls of color in post-secondary education and in-demand careers within high-growth industry sectors. Read More

The Incredible Peyton Robertson

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

"Science is all around us. Ideas for new inventions come from my everyday life experiences. When my sisters were learning to ride a bike, I designed retractable training wheels with handle bar controls. After playing at an out-of-state golf tournament on a cold day, I designed a golf ball warmer to preserve its temperature and performance in colder environments."

America’s Top Young Scientist today, world renowned inventor tomorrow. Peyton’s invention of a more efficient sandbag to reduce salt water flood damage captured our judges’ attention. But it was his commanding delivery, innovative thinking, and sound grasp of the scientific method which captured him the title.

As America’s Top Young Scientist, it’s no wonder Peyton’s favorite subjects are science and math. He enjoys researching a problem or challenge and thinking through alternatives and creative solutions.

100 Super-Fun STEM Resources for Kids

100 Super-Fun STEM Resources for Kids

Raising Lifelong Learners - Colleen Kessler

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills are vital to our kids’ futures, and the future of society. Besides… it’s fun to incorporate STEM into everyday activities for young children.

STEM is everywhere. Have you ever really thought about how often our kids come across something STEM related in their day? Science is found in their natural world – the trees, plants, butterflies, erosion on the creek bed, and so much more. Technology is part of our kids’ every day lives – iPads, Kindles, computer programming, telescopes, and all the way back to the invention of the wheel. Engineering is found in the construction of bridges, homes, buildings, and other infrastructures. Math is a crucial skill to help them balance checkbooks, buy groceries, budgeting, and so much more. Read More

What is Physics?


phys·ics | Ėˆfiziks | noun
The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics, distinguished from that of chemistry and biology, includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. Watch the Video

Cyberbullying Could Affect Children As Young As Five

Cyberbullying Could Affect Children As Young As Five

The Telegraph - Rhiannon Williams

The majority of parents assume cyberbullying is not an issue before a child turns 10, while children as young as five are left to browse the internet unsupervised, a study has found.

The research, conducted as part of Safer Internet Day, found that many parents feel ill-equipped when it comes to dealing with the issue of cyberbullying, with some saying there was not enough support to help them understand and protect children from online dangers.

The preconception that cyberbullying stems from children's use of social media, which many parents suggested their children did not use, is undercut by some as young as five using instant messaging and online games, leaving them exposing to inappropriate content or cyberbullying. Read More

Look to Girls to Change The Face of Technology

Look to Girls to Change The Face of Technology

The Huffington Post - Linda Kekelis, Techbridge

I live in Oakland, the most diverse city in America. Unfortunately, the tech workforce here does not reflect this richness of talent. The girls in my community can be part of the solution to expand and diversify the tech workforce.

When I first imagined Techbridge in 1999, I wanted girls in Oakland to have the chance to pursue studies and careers in which they could inspire and be inspired by technology. I wasn't sure that they would -- not because they didn't have the potential but because they didn't have opportunities. Techbridge was designed to even the odds and empower girls to design their futures in science, technology, and engineering with support from the National Science Foundation. Read More

World's Biggest LEGO Set On The Web


Welcome to Build - the largest LEGO® set the world has ever seen. Developed with the latest web technology in Chrome, Build is a place for everyone to imagine, create and explore building with LEGO bricks online.

Choose to build on any plot in the world across your laptop, phone, or tablet. Once you’ve created something, publish it on the map, and share it with your friends.

If you’d like to train to become a great Master Builder, visit the Build Academy. Complete a series of exciting challenges over different locations and you can unlock cool new Lego bricks along the way. Plus, you’ll meet loads of characters from The LEGO® Movie! Read More

Is Homework Helpful?

Is Homework Helpful?

Edutopia - Brian Sztabnik

The Common Core has asked teachers to increase rigor by diving deeper into the material. Consequently, everything has been ramped up, classwork and homework no exception.

My nephew, a fourth grader, has 40-50 minutes of homework a night plus independent reading and projects. When you include a snack break, the distractions from his younger sister, and his fourth-grade attention span that is bound to wander, that time often gets doubled. He is hard working and conscientious, but many nights result in distraction, frustration and anxiety.

The National PTA recommends 10-20 minutes per night in the first grade, and an additional 10 minutes per grade level thereafter (e.g., 20 minutes for second grade, 120 minutes for 12th). If you follow these guidelines, students will spend 137,160 minutes doing homework from first grade to 12th grade. That equals 2,286 hours or 95 straight days of homework. Read More

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

Edutopia - John McCarthy

Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket.

Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course? Read More

Meet The Classroom Of The Future

Meet The Classroom Of The Future

NPR News - William Huntsberry

The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain.

It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants.

This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Beneath all the human buzz, something other than humans is running the show: algorithms.

The kind of complex computer calculations that drive our Google searches or select what we see on our Facebook pages. Read More

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