STEM Content and Standards

NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase - Call for Participation

This online event will showcase cutting-edge NSF-funded work to improve teaching and learning and will allow colleagues affiliated with MSPnet, CADRE, CIRCL, CAISE, STELAR, CS10Kcommunity, and ARC to view, discuss, and comment on each others’ work. It will also allow each project to disseminate their work to the public at large, helping NSF achieve its goal of broad dissemination of innovative work.

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Making Educational Games That Work in The Classroom

The development of analytical skills is a central goal of the Next Generation Science Standards and foundational to subject mastery in STEM fields. Yet, significant barriers exist to students gaining such skills. Here we describe a new “gentleslope” cyberlearning strategy that gradually introduces students to the authoring of scientific simulations via a Web-based modding approach called CyberMOD.

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Teachers look to ‘Alice’ for help

Alice is a 3D virtual worlds programming environment that offers an easy way to create animations for games and storytelling. Since 2008, Duke Professor Susan Rodger has led a two-week summer program training teachers to use Alice to help promote computer literacy among young students.

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STEM program builds ties between Stanford and East Palo Alto middle school

An innovative course and afterschool mentor program bring lessons from education, design and engineering to a local school. The program complements the  charter school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offerings in a low-pressure, afterschool environment. Focusing on teaching design solutions that emphasize empathy, it has reached about 60 EPAPA students over the last three years, with some returning for a second year.

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Impact of Environmental Power Monitoring Activities on Middle School Student Perceptions of STEM

Middle school is a crucial stage in student development as students prepare for a fast changing future. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills that students acquire in middle school lay the foundation for a successful career in STEM. Moreover, most STEM occupations require competencies in science, math and logical thinking prior to engagement in problem solving. Therefore, it is vital to prepare and develop interest in middle school students to  participate in the future STEM workforce.

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Student Perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Content and Careers

Findings included that the residential early admissions students had STEM dispositions more similar to STEM professionals and less similar to traditional high school students. Analyses of disaggregated data characteristics based on attributes such as gender are also presented.

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Council’s STEM Classrooms Professionally Developed by TIES

Although works in progress, Iowa’s newly minted STEM educators now possess basic STEM curricular design and assessment practices that over the coming year will be honed through practice and continued support by the TIES team as well as the support team consisting of regional STEM managers, higher education professionals, AEA consultants, and Extension staff.  STEM professional development represents the third and final component in place (following the physical space design and the establishment of community partnerships) for the STEM Council’s four partners to showcase

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Cheldelin students plunge into underwater robotics

Cheldelin Middle School students hold a practice session with their underwater robots at Vineyard Mountain Swim Club on Friday, April 18, 2014. The students are preparing for a competition with a robot that performs a series of tasks related to shipwrecks.

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LBCC ROV Team Rises from the Depths

From spare parts, very little money and great innovation, the Remotely Operated Vehicle team created an underwater, unmanned, robotic operated vehicle. This year’s team will once again face off against large universities and private colleges at the 13th annual M.A.T.E. competition. Marine Advanced Technology Education (M.A.T.E.) first creates a declaration of need. The team then creates a bid, backed by support to show how they can complete the job in order to win the contract.

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Lincoln City: students to showcase underwater robots at LC Community Center during statewide competition

More than 150 elementary, middle, high, and college students formed 27 teams and brought their underwater robots to the Lincoln City Community Center on May 10 to compete in the annual Oregon Regional MATE Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) contest. These teams, which spent the past few months designing and building their underwater vehicles, will be among students around the world participating in 23 regional contests supported by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center.

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