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January 30, 2009

Hands-On Learning vs. Lecturing

A new study by Purdue University has shed some light on how to most effectively engage students in technology and engineering at a young age. The study took five classes of 8th graders in a rural Indiana school and taught them about human impacts on water and water quality through a traditional te...

January 12, 2009

NASA Boosts STEM with Facebook Launch

Educators who are skeptical about students spending their time at social-networking Web sites may have a reason to rethink that opinion. The U.S. space agency has started a Facebook page as a way to engage young people with its activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math educati...

November 21, 2008

Virginia Tech to Engage Kids In STEM

Virginia Tech has launched a "Kids' Tech University" initiative to introduce 8- to 12-year-old kids to science, technology, engineering, and math research at the university level, as described in this AP story. Beginning in January, up to 250 youngsters will come to the campus for monthly talks fro...

November 11, 2008

STEM Makes a Difference

It may seem obvious, but it’s worth remembering that improvements to school programs can make a profound difference in young people’s lives. That thought occurred to me when I met with a group of ambitious students at the Chesapeake High STEM Academy, a public school in Essex, Md. This is not...

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