Curious Minds
Follow
Find
1.5K views | +0 today
Curious Minds
Dedicated to the art and science of inquiry-based learning.
Curated by News Editor
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012 | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

With the intersection between education and technology rapidly growing, what are the top trends that we're likely to see in 2012?  KQED suggests a dozen to keep an eye on, from BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), to game-based learning.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Top 10 Women in Technology, 2011

Top 10 Women in Technology, 2011 | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Opposing Views' 2011 list of top 10 women in technology features Nancy Ectoff, among others. Ectoff, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard University, wrote "Survival of the Prettiest," which details the advantages that conforming to cultural notions of beauty convey. Also in the top 10: Sony Entertainment CEO Amy Pascal, "Science Babe" Dr. Deborah Berebichez, mechanical engineer Dr. Karlin Bark, documentary maker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and several more. A great source of inspiration for budding female scientists!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids? | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

National Math and Science Initiative president and CEO Dr. Mary Ann Rankin writes in today's Huffington Post that the U.S. public school system no longer provides a path to the American dream for our students. Their preparation in math and the sciences, in particular, is insufficient to meet the anticipated demands of the future workforce. "We can do better if we recognize that success in college depends on preparation that begins in middle school or earlier, especially in the critical areas of math and science," Dr. Rankin writes. "Students who fail to learn the basics in these fields have little hope of catching up in time to succeed in college."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Science Fair as a Family Affair

Science Fair as a Family Affair | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

While science fair preparations may seem intimidating or even downright overwhelming for students, good planning and some strategic parental guidance can help mitigate the stress.  Furthermore, parents can be extremely useful when it comes to choosing a project. “Parents are usually in the best situation to know what fascinates and inspires their kids,” says parent Kathleen Bethel.  For some simple yet valuable things parents can do to help during science fair season, read on.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Who's the Scientist?

Who's the Scientist? | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

What preconceived notions do middle school students have about scientists?  The image of the middle-aged, lab-coat-wearing flew out the window for a group of 7th graders, who drew their impressions of scientists before and after a field trip to Fermilab to meet scientists on the job.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

The Potential of STEM Education to Uplift Urban Schools

The Potential of STEM Education to Uplift Urban Schools | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

LEAP University Academy Charter School founder Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago sees opportunities for STEM education to reach into impoverished areas and help lift children up to break the cycle of poverty. LEAP Academy, in Camden, NJ, has made inroads toward doing just that, with a STEM curriculum put into place last year.  It has operated through a formula that Bonilla-Santiago sees as a way of the future. "At LEAP, we are recruiting teachers from industry who are scientists first, educators second," she says. "For example, our freshman-level science classes are being taught by an energetic woman who holds a Ph.D. in physics. She can earn a lot more money in private industry, but she believes in our mission." In addition to hiring high quality teachers, Bonilla-Santiago's strategy has included developing a partnership with Rutgers University, keeping classes small, and providing teachers with ample professional development opportunities. "Add it all together, and you have the formula for opportunity," she says. "People in the inner cities need real jobs, not hourly wage work. STEM fields need skilled professionals. Sounds like a perfect fit, right?"

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

UMass-Lowell Wins $1.6M Grant for STEM Teacher Prep

UMass-Lowell Wins $1.6M Grant for STEM Teacher Prep | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

As part of Massachusetts' Race to the Top initiative, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell will receive $1.6 million to support teacher preparation in STEM subjects.  The grant will be given over three years, and will impact 250 teachers in the university's teacher preparation program.  According to UMass-Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, “The UTeach UMass Lowell program draws on our strengths in research and experiential education, working in partnership with the Lowell, Methuen and Lawrence school districts.”

 

Congratulations!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Visas for Illegal Immigrants Studying Math, Science?

Visas for Illegal Immigrants Studying Math, Science? | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A democratic senator from Colorado thinks that an answer to the large, and growing, demand in this country for scientists and engineers could be addressed in part by granting temporary student visas to undocumented high school graduates who wish to pursue those subjects in college.  Sen. Michael Bennet, a former Denver Public Schools superintendent, proposed The DREAM Act --  immigration overhaul bill -- this week, saying that another of its benefits would be to lower the barriers to working in the U.S. to foreign graduates holding advanced degrees in science or math.  "I've had a number of conversations with large- and small-business owners in Colorado who have made it clear that our visa system is putting them at a serious disadvantage," Bennet said. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

National Park Service Expanding STEM Education Effort

National Park Service Expanding STEM Education Effort | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

With the lofty goal of reaching one quarter of America's students, the National Park Service is assuming a leadership role is supporting environmental literacy.  Through virtual field trips, teacher professional development and partnerships -- as well as facilitating access to the parks for students -- Park Service leaders aim to reach students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to benefit from all that our national parks have to offer.  "The benefits of multiday, residential, outdoor education programs are very well documented and well embraced, but they are expensive to provide and require a lot of resources," said Julia Washburn, the Park Service's associate director for interpretation and education. "This means they are typically a deeper experience for fewer kids. Shorter single-day, field-trip experiences are less expensive, and can serve more students, but their impact, while still beneficial, isn't as great."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Show Me the Money

Show Me the Money | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

An interesting chart based on 2010 census data shows how various college majors stack up in terms of career income potential.  For each major listed, data includes unemployment percent, popularity ranking, and average earnings at the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles.  It's easy to access engineering and science data by clicking the buttons in the "Suggested Searches" area.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Key Facts About Computer Science

Key Facts About Computer Science | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

During Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10, 2011), here are several interesting facts about computer science:

- Five of the top ten fastest growing jobs will be in computing-related fields ( i.e., computer software engineer jobs expected to grow 45% over the next five to seven years).

- Only 17% of AP computer science test-takers in 2008 were women , although women represented 55% of all AP test-takers.

- By 2018, current government projections show that more than 800,000 high-end computing jobs will be created in the economy, making it one of the fastest growing occupational fields.

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Not Partial to the Names "Flerovium" and "Livermorium"? Speak Up!

Not Partial to the Names "Flerovium" and "Livermorium"? Speak Up! | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Two new elements are making their debut on the periodic table. Element 114 is slated to be named "flerovium" (atomic symbol Fl), and element 116 has been tagged with the moniker "livermorium" (Lv). If you can think of other name ideas, now's your chance to voice them: The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry will take comments on the proposed names through April.  “We believe we have to let the world respond,” said chemistry union executive director Terry A. Renner. “It’s a desire to be fair and recognize everyone’s right to contribute as a scientist.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Calling All Citizen Scientists! | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

In a new "crowdsourcing" experiment, scientists are appealing to the public for help in deciphering killer whale calls. Scientific American and The Zooniverse launched The Whale Project this week. By visiting whale.fm, people can study and compare spectrograms of whale calls gathered from around the world. One impetus for this experiment is that people can succeed at this task where computers fail. "If these animals have some form of linguistics or language tradition, we're wanting to try to find the words within that repertoire of sounds," said project collaborator and Universty of St. Andrew professor Ian Boyd. "We don't know what they mean but what we do find is they have different lexicons; different groups have different types of sound, and they probably inherit these sounds from their parents."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Scholarships for African Americans Studying STEM

Scholarships for African Americans Studying STEM | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Typically underrepresented in STEM careers, African Americans looking for scholarships to study math, engineering, and the sciences have several options. US News & World Report rounded up a useful list of organizations that make funds available specifically for African Americans studying STEM. Among them: Oracle, Microsoft, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Teachers as Brain-Changers

Teachers as Brain-Changers | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Veteran teacher Wendi Pillars suggests that teachers are "brain-changers," with the opportunity to help children make connections between prior experiences and new information, actually altering the structure of the students' brains. Furthermore, she suggests that critical thinking is increasing in importance, and that the classrooms that encourage and support higher-level thinking are the ones in which students really learn. "I've realized that I need to provide more opportunities for my students to explore the inquiry process: to take their learning to the next level, wherever that may be," Pillars says. "This necessitates teaching them how to inquire and how to be comfortable taking risks."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

The Surprising Math Aptitude of Pigeons

The Surprising Math Aptitude of Pigeons | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

So much for throwing the term "bird brain" around as an insult. Pigeons are proving that they're no slouch in the intelligence department, especially when it comes to numerical competence. A study published in the latest issue of the journal Science, reveals that pigeons have surprising math abilities, leading scientists to question whether they are unique in this regard in the bird world, or if all birds have greater intelligence than we typically assume. "It would be fair to say that, even among birds, pigeons are not thought to be the sharpest crayon in the box," lead author Damian Scarf told Discovery News. "I think that this ability may be widespread among birds. There is already clear evidence that it is widespread among primates."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Comic Books and Video Games as Bridges to STEM Learning

Comic Books and Video Games as Bridges to STEM Learning | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

GE has confronted the battle to get STEM before — In 1953, GE used comic books as a hook to get kids interested and involved in learning STEM.  Anyone remember "Adventures inside the Atom?"  The modern-day equivalent: Video games, of course.  What do you think about the strategy of meeting kids "where they live" as a hook for STEM learning?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Cornell and Technion to Build New Graduate Engineering School in New York

Cornell and Technion to Build New Graduate Engineering School in New York | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Cornell University and Technion (Israel Institue of Technology) will be building a new graduate engineering school on Roosevelt Island, New York City. The new facility will be known as the NYC Tech Campus will focus on applied sciences and based on hubs including Connecting Media, Healthier Life, and Built Environment. All of the hubs will be based on computer science, electrical engineering, info sciences, economics, and business.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Cool STEM Summer Research Program for Teachers

Cool STEM Summer Research Program for Teachers | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Teachers: get your applications in now for the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program! Run by The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, the program is an all-expense-paid experience aimed at improving STEM teaching. Over the summer, the 40 teachers selected will work in small groups with teams of scientists on projects ranging from biological systems to sustainable energy. “While reviewing applications for our STARs program, we look for a diverse group of educators with strong academic backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math who are truly passionate about advancing student achievement in those topic areas," said Mary Rollins, vice president of Discovery Education. "We are positive that the candidates we choose will take the skills, contacts and resources we provide them during the program back to their classrooms across the country and use them to motivate their students to excel in STEM learning.” Applications are due February 9th, and may be submitted online.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards Honor Math, Science Excellence

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards Honor Math, Science Excellence | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

The 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Application process is now open!  The deadline for applying is Feb. 23, 2012.  From Intel's web site:

"Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards.

Up to three schools at each level—elementary, middle, and high school—will be named as finalists in the math and science categories. The 18 schools will receive a cash grant of USD 5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a four-member team from their school and district. Six winners will be selected from the finalists and receive an additional USD 5,000 cash grant for a total of USD 10,000. One of these winners will be selected as the "Star Innovator" and will receive an additional USD 15,000 grant for a total of USD 25,000. All five winning schools and the Star Innovator will also receive products and services from program sponsors."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Society, Not Biology, Is Behind Gender Gap in Math

Society, Not Biology, Is Behind Gender Gap in Math | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A study published yesterday challenges commonly-held assumptions linking math ability in girls and women to biological factors.  According to senior study author Janet Mertz, a professor of oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, "We tested some recently proposed hypotheses that try to explain a supposed gender gap in math performance and found they were not supported by the data."  In other words, girls aren't simply born with less math ability than their male counterparts.

Yet, you can't argue with the data, that consistently shows boys outperforming girls in math.  For an explanation, we need to look at social and cultural factors, the study says.  It looked at data from 86 countries.  In some of these countries, the study found no male variation in math achievement.  "We found that boys — as well as girls — tend to do better in math when raised in countries where females have better equality, and that's new and important," says study author and math professor Jonathan Kane. "It makes sense that when women are well-educated and earn a good income, the math scores of their children of both genders benefit."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Project ENGAGE! Makes Great Strides in Everett

Project ENGAGE! Makes Great Strides in Everett | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Engage Everett! involves Everett Public School students in grades 6 through 12 in independent science and technology research experience, with the goal of building a culture of research in school districts across the state.

 

The latest update is exciting: No fewer than 119 seventh and eight grade projects have been entered into the middle school science fair! For comparison's sake, consider that last year, only about 10 middle school projects were science-fair-bound.

 

The program was designed through a multifaceted collaboration of professionals, including representatives from MSSEF, the Intel Corporation, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, the Everett Public Schools, and the Marlborough Public School system — the latter as a “mentoring” school district.

 

MSSEF offers access to key teacher professional development resources and hosts a forum for showcasing student’s efforts: the annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair. Engage Everett! provides professional development and teacher support, and brings in both high school mentors and professional scientists to help the students design and execute their projects.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

Study Suggests High-Stakes Testing Fuels Over-Emphasis on Reading, Math Instruction

Study Suggests High-Stakes Testing Fuels Over-Emphasis on Reading, Math Instruction | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Increasingly, the demands of state tests for proficiency in math and reading seem to be pushing subjects like science, art, and social studies aside, according to a survey commissioned by Washington-based research organization Common Core. "During the past decade, our public schools have focused—almost exclusively—on reading and math instruction," said Common Core president and executive director Lynn Munson. "As a result, we are denying our students the complete education they deserve and the law demands." Specifically, the study reveals that while art and music predictably have taken the hardest hit, foreign languages, social studies, phys ed, and science are right behind them, with science getting 27% less time than it used to.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

MSSEF Board Member Mike Wyzga Takes Helm at Radius Health

MSSEF Board Member Mike Wyzga Takes Helm at Radius Health | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Biotechnology veteran -- and MSSEF board member -- Michael S. Wyzga has assumed the position of CEO at Cambridge, MA-based Radius Health, following a 13-year career at Genzyme. While serving as Genzyme's Executive Vice President, Finance, and CFO, Mike led the $20.1 billion sale of Genzyme to Sanofi last April -- the second-largest acquisition ever in the industry. In his new role at Radius, Mike will drive corporate strategy and lead the advancement of Phase 3 osteoporosis drug BA058. “It is a great privilege to have been asked to lead Radius at this important point in the company’s evolution,” Mike said. “BA058 represents a unique opportunity to advance not just a best-in-class drug, but potentially a best-in-disease drug in the expanding osteoporosis market. BA058 has the potential to transform the treatment of osteoporosis and optimize outcomes based not only on its unique bone-building and safety attributes but on the development of the once-daily, short wear-time transdermal patch, our fast follow-on product that we believe will further expand the appeal and market penetration for our product.” Congratulations, Mike!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by News Editor
Scoop.it!

One-Month Countdown to Einstein Fellowship Program Applications Due Date!

One-Month Countdown to Einstein Fellowship Program Applications Due Date! | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Applications for the 2012-2013 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program are due on January 5, 2012.  From the Einstein Fellowship web site: "The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts."

 

Click this link to begin the application process.  Good luck!

more...
No comment yet.