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At Mobile Makers, we have a strong belief, aligned with President Obama, Apple, Chicago Public Schools, and hundreds of thousands of others who have signed petitions for Congress to require computer science in our schools, so that everyone can learn to code. One specific value we hold is that of all people, the first and most ready to learn computer science are educators.

 

patrick lei 2017

Patrick Lei, a senior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science who lives in Holden, is one of 10 students nationwide selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2017 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. The competition takes place Jan. 7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Regency VII. 

You can watch the live webcast: http://www.livestream.com/psav/wwtbam2017

Patrick was selected for the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers nationwide using Maple TA, a product of Maplesoft.

Patrick's favorite thing about school is the pool tables there. He loves to play pranks on people, and he is the captain of the school’s math team. Last year’s captain finished second nationwide in the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

Monday, 18 July 2016 15:13

A meeting of the minds in a sports arena

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For the 22nd year, various secondary STEM schools throughout the southern United States gathered together this spring to bring a friendly athletic dimension to the experience they have to offer to their students.

Collaboration enhances opportunities for students at NCSSS member schools to master science, technology, engineering and math


Baltimore, MD (June 9, 2016) - Connections Learning by Pearson, a provider of targeted digital learning solutions to the K-12 education community, today announced a collaboration with the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). The collaboration will offer NCSSS member schools science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs for students with proven-effective online STEM tools and courses, as well as expert teachers. 

Thirteen students from the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing Math Team participated in the Great Plains Math League Missouri State Championship, held on the Campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Monday, 04 January 2016 17:12

A student's view of life inside a STEM school

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I never wanted to go into a science field before high school. I had my life planned out, I was going to go to college, major in psychology, and go to law school and become a big business lawyer. I never really had an interest in science classes.

Thursday, 10 December 2015 20:40

NCSSS supports signing of ESSA into law

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President Barack Obama today signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA creates more opportunities to use federal funds for science, technology, engineering and math education. Many experts and advocates say the legislation is ultimately a huge win for the subjects. 
Friday, 14 August 2015 16:27

This week in STEM

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Let's improve STEM: Discovery Education is focusing on improving STEM with three new services: STEM foundations, STEMformation and STEM Leader Corps. Source: Education World

STEM education and 21st century skills: STEM education and 21st century skills are related. The AdvancED STEM Certifcation found that schools that were able to intertwine technology with other subject areas helped bridge the gap between STEM and 21st century skills much more effectively. Source: Education World

STEM jobs are in demand and there aren't students to fill them: By 2020, 1 million jobs in the STEM field are expected to be added to the U.S. workforce. However, we have a problem. Students are not being prepared to enter the STEM field and unfortunately, the underrepresented minority groups and low-income students usually find themselves left out of the equation. Source: U.S. News

Bill to pay student loans for STEM teachers: STEM jobs are in high demand but more students are needed in the field. The state representative in Florida filed a bill that would forgive students loans for STEM teachers. Source: WCTV 

Experienced STEM teachers are in need: The need for experienced and qualified STEM teachers is acute. Many states have been making efforts to make it easier to get qualified STEM teachers into the classroom. Source: Fox News

 

Friday, 31 July 2015 13:21

STEM weekly roundup

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Top Paying Stem Jobs: STEM jobs account for 6.2% out of all the jobs in the country. Most importantly, for some students, STEM jobs can be some of the highest paying salaries for recent graduates. Source: Forbes

Resources for Teachers and Students Make a Difference: A new way of teaching and learning for STEM education has proven successful for one student at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif. She deems her success and enthusiasm toward STEM to three things: hands-on experiences, applications of science and math, and involved teachers and mentors. Source: U.S. News

Lack of Job Qualified Job Applicants: GE wants to hire innovative creators and builders however, this is hard with the lack of emphasis on STEM education. At the GE Foundation’s STEM conference in Orlando, ending July 30th, the conference’s main focus is the urgent need to get more STEM education into the classroom curriculums. Source: News 13

Blending Technology and Traditional Teaching: Every day in life you are experiencing a blended environment, not every interaction is online or face-to-face but it is a mixture. While it is hard to determine the exact results, blending technology with the traditional way of teaching, so far, has shown promise. Source: Miami Herald

Google Australia Gives $1 Million Grant: The need for STEM education is a global one. Google Australia just announced they are providing three non-profit organizations with $1 million as a plan to help introduce underrepresented people to STEM. Source: ZD Net

The 20th Century model of education reflected the industrial age.  Students learned the only way they knew how: sitting in organized rows of desks in a classroom with a teacher and a chalk board.  Back then it seemed that without the classroom, there could be no learning.  As the industrial age gives way to an increasingly global one, schools are faced with the exciting task of reaching for and seeking out authentic learning experiences in the surrounding community. The physical confines of a school building can be limiting.  A successful school in the new century is a school without walls.

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