From New York Times:
This ethnographic research project studied how two 11-year-olds who learned computer programming in an after school program translated their new roles as experts into their formal classroom community. The researchers identify specific instances where teachers, friends and other community members all had a role in defining the identity of the children. Implications include the importance of having flexible bridging activities between formal and informal settings to support transitions of personal identity.
The Sony Wonder Technology Lab, a 14,000-square foot, technology and entertanment museum located in New York City celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 25. Opened to the public in 1994, it was Manhattan’s first interactive science center. Today, the Lab’s 19 permanent interactive exhibits are targeted to visitors between the ages of 8 and 14 and cover topics ranging from robotics to animation, to nanotechnology and TV production. The Lab works independently and collaboratively with a broad range of community-based non-profit partners to offer a wide range of free and low-cost movie screenings, workshops, and educational events during the school year.
From Broadway World:
2theXtreme: MathAlive!, presented nationally by Raytehon Company, opened this week at the Museum of Science, Boston. The exhibit is designed to help kids have fun with math by showing them its connection to and influence on many of the things that are part of their everyday lives: music, sports, movies, games, and more. MathAlive! is part of Raytheon’s MathMovesU educational program, an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students’ interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities.
From New York Times:
This in-depth article discusses interventions and educational research at the University of Texas at Austin to improve the graduation rates of low-income, first generation college students. In April 2012, the University conducted one of the largest randomized experiments ever undertaken by social or developmental psychologists to test which interventions that addressed students’ anxieties about ability and belonging could improve the transition to college, especially for first-generation students. The University’s study of which measures could increase graduation rates may have broad implications for other selective universities aiming to recruit and retain low-income, minority students.
From Digital Journal:
NASA has selected the winners of its 2014 educational “REEL Science Communications” video contest. The contest was intended to engage high school students to produce a video communicating one of the following science concepts: water within the Earth system, how ice changes impact climate, and the effects of wildfires on air quality. Students had to use NASA resources such as audio clips, animations, visualizations or satellite images to create their video. Winners have the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and communication experts in July to produce an Earth Science feature video. Winning submissions can be seen on the REEL Science page here.
On May 19, the Illinois Science and Technology Institute brought students and teachers with industry, higher education and other key stakeholders to MSI to celebrate the conclusion of the Research and Development STEM Learning Exchange Challenge’s pilot year. More than 400 students and 20 teachers in 12 Illinois high school partnered with experts at local organizations throughout the semester to solve complex, real-world, problem-based STEM challenges. At MSI, students shared their solutions to challenges ranging from conducting a trade study for a missile defense system and using behavioral economics to encourage better environmental practices, to developing an app for first responders in emergency situations.
From Herald Tribune
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