A new study released by the Consortium on Chicago School Research tracks the enrollment patterns of nearly 11,000 students required to transition to a new elementary school after Chicago’s 2013 mass school closures. The report found that nearly all students displaced by the closings enrolled in schools with better academic rating than their closed school. However, only one-fifth of students landed at top-tier schools and nearly one quarter went to schools that were lower-performing than the welcoming schools assigned to them by the district.
From My Central Oregon:
On February 7, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will open an exhibit featuring 13 interactive mazes. Each of the mazes features a dynamic environment where guests will discover a surprise around every corner, and develop new methods of problem-solving through improvisation, trial and error, observation and testing, and logic and reasoning.
From Informal Science:
The Franklin Institute (TFI) recently completed a literature review of its museum/community partnership programs from 1993 through 2014 to identify successes and challenges of working together to achieve a common goal. TFI and an external evaluator reviewed over 40 research studies and evaluation reports for fourteen programs. The full report can be found on the Informal Science website.
From ASU News:
As part of the inaugural Origins Project Dialogue at Arizona State University (ASU), Alan Alda and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss discussed the communication links between science and the humanities. They also covered topics related to curiosity and the joy of discovery and the importance of science education and literacy in politics, democracy and the future of our society. The Dialogue was part of the Origins Project at ASU, a transdisciplinary initiative that aims to nurture research, energize teaching, and build partnerships.
From DNA Info:
A new children’s TV series on local PBS station WTTW will aim to get kids excited about science by featuring experts at various Chicago learning institutions and hands-on activities. The company behind the series, Dreaming Tree Films, will visit Chicago-area schools in the spring for themed in-school science events. The second episode of the series features MSI and Senior Exhibit Developer Olivia Castellini.
On January 8, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opened an exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk. The exhibit showcases art, photography, and artifacts, offering various perspectives at the spacewalking experience. The museum has also launched a detailed online exhibition.