The George Washington University engineering school's Pinhas Ben-Tzvi as RobotronMan A recent survey by Intel found that only 28 percent of teenagers had ever considered becoming engineers and that only 5 percent associated engineering with the word "cool." That's not terribly surprising given that engineering ranks in the bottom half of professions with which teens are familiar, falling below teacher, doctor, nurse, police officer, chef, lawyer, musician, professional athlete, scientist, and computer programmer.
CREDIT: Martin Cron, via Flikr One day after new test results showed that only 32 percent of U.S. 8 th graders are proficient in science, a group of 26 states has helped draft a document that may bring about a major overhaul of science education in this country.
A goldenrod crab spider getting ready for takeoff. Credit: Jim McCormac "Charlotte's Web," the E.B. White childhood classic, ends with Wilbur the pig eagerly waiting for Charlotte's baby spiders to emerge from their egg sac.
Two graduate students from the City University of New York's NOAA-CREST program showed me this simple experiment, above, for young kids. The three of us volunteered at an Earth Day fair at a New York City elementary school on Friday, and kids were mesmerized by it.It illustrates the concepts of accretion -- when the tiny droplets of water that form clouds bump into each other and combine to form larger drops -- and cohesion, the attraction that water molecules have for each other.
The Cambridge Science Festival 2011, courtesy of the M.I.T. Museum Earlier this week The New York Times profiled the director of the M.I.T. Museum and founder of the Cambridge Science Festival, John Durant.
Three high school seniors from Texas have designed an external pacemaker that may help reduce heart atrophy in astronauts as they orbit the Earth.
Earlier this month, I watched groups of kids ages 9 to 16 present their own original ideas for solving major food safety problems. They were participating in the annual First Lego League challenge, the robotics competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen and Lego.
Earlier this week the Girl Scouts, which turns 100 this year, released an interesting report on teenage girls' attitudes toward science and math. Some highlights: 74 percent of girls ages 14 to 17 report an interest in science, technology, engineering or math (known as STEM) Parents play a major role in getting their kids interested in these subjects.
How state science standards stack up, according to a new report from The Fordham Institute A new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute paints a grim picture of state science standards across the United States.
Obama delivering his 2012 State of the Union address In his State of the Union address last night, President Barack Obama spent less time than in years past discussing his ambitions to reform science education.
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