For the past eight years, 100Kin10 has made it their mission to grow the next generation of innovators and problem solvers by getting 100,000 excellent STEM teachers into classrooms nationwide. Each year they spend countless hours talking to their partners and teachers, who are the nation’s leaders in STEM education, and poring over research, news, national and regional data, and everything else they can get their hands on. They sift through it to understand what challenges and opportunities are rising to the top, so their network can better address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage.
The //code.Node is a revolutionary device that uses Blockly, sensors and feedback to teach students coding skills and data literacy. The pocket-size coding solution includes encodable sensors for light, motion, sound and magnetic fields, as well as a speaker, RGB light and 5×5 LED array. Using PASCO software and the //code.Node, students can create custom experiments that range from simple data collection to advanced, measurement-based sensory feedback. As they execute their code, students collect real-time data and visual feedback that helps them improve with each activity.
Pennsylvania will require public schools to allow students to apply personal finance class credits toward high school graduation requirements. Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill and it will take effect in the 2020-21 school year.
A new study of Wings found that after two years, kindergartners and first-graders who participated in Wings improved in skills like self-awareness, self-regulation and decision-making. The students also boosted their reading and vocabulary skills, compared with their peers who hadn’t been in the Wings program. Researchers did not find any effects in math.
A new law aims to get more girls access to STEM-focused educational opportunities. At the close of 2019, President Trump signed the bicameral, bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM Act. According to lawmakers, the bill ultimately aims to introduce more kids – and specifically young girls – to scientific activities at an early age.
Eight brightly colored pieces of paper are streamlining the way principals in the School District of Philadelphia engage families and get them on campus. These Family Engagement School-Level Workshop Catalogs, as they are known, offer a concise list of more than a dozen workshops that can be made available to parents at any school upon request – from lessons in why school attendance matters to using art to reinforce students’ math skills at home.