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Everything you always wanted to know about raising science-literate kids

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

Budding Scientist Projects: Caterpillar Olympics

My parents have an old birch tree in their backyard in Western Massachusetts. Each August, we watch a new generation of black-and-white hickory tussock moth caterpillars make its way down from the tree and toward the side of our house to weave cocoons.

July 31, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

Bringing Minority Girl Voices To Silicon Valley

Image courtesy of Black Girls CODE Kimberly Bryant grew up in a single-parent family in the inner city of Memphis, Tennessee. Her career choice – electrical engineering – was an unconventional one in her community, but she found a role model in her older brother, a video game enthusiast whom she followed into an engineering major in college.

July 9, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists

The following excerpt from Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books, 2013) by Ainissa Ramirez—a science evangelist, material scientist and one of Scientific American’s Google Science Fair judges—has been reproduced with permission from TED Books.

May 1, 2013 — Anna Kuchment
Adventurous Math For the Playground Set

Adventurous Math For the Playground Set

Guest post by math educators Maria Droujkova and Yelena McManaman, authors of the new family math book “Moebius Noodles: Adventurous Math for the Playground Crowd” Children dream big.

April 29, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science

A student from High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey CREDIT: Marissa Hazel Guest Post by Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross , teachers at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey Women and girls are historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and much has been written lately about why girls in school seem disinterested in these areas.

April 16, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

Top Universities Will Help Train STEM Teachers

A Preschooler touches a porcupine pufferfish that her science teacher brought in. Via mtsofan on Flickr. A group of Tier 1 research universities -- the Stanfords, Harvards and MITs of the world – will join the White House-led effort to train 100,000 new math and science teachers by the year 2022.

March 18, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

Students with Autism Gravitate Toward STEM Majors

Invited Guest Post by Marissa Fessenden (@marisfessenden) U.S. business and policy leaders have made it a priority to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM.

February 1, 2013 — Anna Kuchment

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