Putting Science Education Under the Microscope
It turns out teenagers are quite interested in the sciences. Science class, however, is another story, according to a new survey.
An Age-Old Push for Science Literacy, With New Tools
For those growing up in an age of melting ice caps and other climate concerns, science education can produce a sense of urgency and curiosity that leads young people to examine their surroundings through a critical lens.
Pittsburgh Students Rise to the Challenge of Addressing World Water Crises
Pittsburgh area high school students came together at the University of Pittsburgh to address world water crises and spread awareness. Without a formal structure, creativity thrived and students took ownership of their campaigns.
Picturing a New STEM Workforce
Close your eyes. Now picture a scientist. Do you see a white man, maybe cloaked in a laboratory coat with his hair in wild disarray? If so, you’re hardly alone. In 1957, Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux had 35,000 high school students write essays describing their perceptions of a scientist. Nearly everyone’s descriptions matched the one above.
The Artificial Line Between Science and Art
Everyone, from oil execs to President Obama, has called for stronger education in STEM. After all, there’s a shortage of people prepared for the tech and engineering jobs crucial for our economy’s well-being. But those employed in STEM fields are sometimes the strongest advocates for education in the humanities.
The Gap in Sparking STEM Interest
When media reports dive into the impending shortage of STEM workers, they often pose the question, “How do we get more kids to pick STEM majors, and stick with them?” Better qualified teachers, more hands-on learning, and earlier introduction are all tossed around as potential pieces to a solution. But there’s another aspect to the pipeline of workers heading into STEM fields: Low-income kids, who make up almost one-half of US public school students, too often are shortchanged on STEM classes.
What Can Kids Learn from the Sochi Olympics?
Friction, gravity, and international relations: the Sochi Olympics are a golden learning opportunity for all things STEM and beyond.
3D Printing: Coming to a Classroom or Museum Near You
As the sizes and prices of 3D printers shrink, students—and their teachers—are discovering new and creative ways to put them to work.
Why We Should Prepare Our Daughters (and Our Sons) for Modern Manufacturing Jobs
As the gender gap in manufacturing grows, young women miss out on challenging, high-tech career options and employers miss out on a wealth of talent.
Maker Gifts to Inspire Young Designers
This holiday season, spark a lifelong love of STEM learning with gifts that give the kids in your lives a chance to tinker: a visit to the MAKESHOP, a roll of duct tape, a mini circuitry kit, and much more.
Can the Power of Citizen Science Help Save the Environment?
How innovative technology is making it easier than ever before for ordinary citizens to become climate scientists.
How Early Should We Be Teaching STEM?
Sesame Street thinks students should understand the word “hypothesis” at age 4. Do experts agree?
Nature Conservancy brings New Faces to Conservation
The Nature Conservancy begins a program that promotes environmental education opportunities for minority students.
STEAM Lunch & Learn Recap
Spark, K+C Network members joined for lunch and learning at the AIU to discuss STEAM learning and it's implications for Pittsburgh area schools.
Activation Lab Seeks to Turn Young Students on to Science, Technology, and the Arts
What does it take to ignite a child’s interest in learning? How do you transition these early interests into college and career choices? Activation Lab is looking for answers.