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Jell-O Brains and DNA: High School Students Launch Innovative STEM Program

The following guest post is by Roy Rinberg, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. and an incoming freshman at New York University. He is co-founder of Project Building Excitement for Science and Technology (BEST), an afterschool program for junior high school students.

July 1, 2014 — Anna Kuchment

Texas Museum Loses Climate Change Display

Science museums are among the most trusted sources of information about the world around us. At their best, they offer fun, interactive, rich learning environments that surprise, inspire and enlighten their visitors.

June 16, 2014 — Anna Kuchment

Stop Lecturing Me (In College Science)!

College lecture classes have been around for more than 900 years. Lately, a handful of science and engineering professors have been experimenting with a more innovative way of teaching science, especially at the introductory level.

May 21, 2014 — Anna Kuchment
A High School Lab As Engaging as Facebook

A High School Lab As Engaging as Facebook

Just down the hall from Paulo Blikstein's office at Stanford University is a student laboratory of the future. It has spring green-and-yellow tiled floors, matching walls and is stocked with every type of digital fabrication tool one can imagine: laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D milling machines, robotics, and programming tools.

November 29, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
A littleBit of Electronic Literacy

A littleBit of Electronic Literacy

Guest Post by Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning open source library of electronic modules that magnetically snap together to allow users to create simple circuits and innovative projects.

November 4, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Teenager creates new flu drugs

Teenager creates new flu drugs

Last month, 17-year-old Eric Chen from San Diego, California became the third Grand Prize winner in Google Science Fair history. Judges awarded him $50,000, a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands, a year of mentoring, and other prizes.

October 21, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Four Incredible Google Science Fair Projects

Four Incredible Google Science Fair Projects

PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Eighteen impressive teenagers from around the world are gathered in Mountain View, California awaiting the results of the annual Google Science Fair.

September 23, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Teachers and App Designers Join Forces

Teachers and App Designers Join Forces

Starting this week, developers from a dozen high tech startups are entering New York City classrooms to help teachers brainstorm solutions to educational challenges.

September 12, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Tools for Backyard Bug Hunters

Tools for Backyard Bug Hunters

The other day, I stumbled upon a company whose products I thought my 7-year-old daughter would love, and I ordered a few items so we could try them out.

August 31, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

A “Napster Moment” in Education

Digital education is like whitewater rafting. Or like the Napster era in music.  The two analogies were among many that came up yesterday as panelists considered the future of technology in education at a Scientific American and Macmillan Science & Education summit on “Learning in the Digital Age,” at Google’s New York headquarters.

August 8, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

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