How to Prepare Today’s Elementary Students For Tomorrow's STEM Careers

What do data scientists, social media managers, and sustainability managers all have in common?

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How a Pennsylvania School Engages Girls In STEM Education

How can schools engage more girls in STEM education? It’s a question asked by schools throughout the country across the full socioeconomic and demographic spectrum. And for good reason. While women make up roughly half of the U.S. workforce, more than 75% of STEM careers are held by men. 

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South Dakota Middle School Learns Next Generation Skills with STEM Activities

“Twenty-five years ago, computer class consisted of not much more than typing practice and playing Oregon Trail. Today, students are programming robots, making movies, building cars, composing ringtones and a lot more in SmartLab.” 

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Best Practices in Project-Based Learning for STEM Education

Does project-based learning play a role in your school or district educational mission? It should, because project-based learning is a highly effective approach to connect academic content with critical workplace skills like collaboration, communication and problem-solving. But what is considered project-based learning? Here’s a paragraph from a thoughtful article I recently read that examines that question:

“Broadly speaking, project-based learning is simply a method of structuring curriculum around projects. These projects highlight the process of learning itself by offering authentic, inquiry-based activities for learners to access content, share ideas, and revisit their own thinking.”

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Best Practices for Robotics STEM Activities in Kindergarten

SmartLab_stem_wedo-elementary-robotics.jpgWe wholeheartedly agree with this insightful article in eSchool News: 3 Reasons to Introduce Kindergartners to Robots.

“Children need to actually touch, manipulate, and experiment with objects in order to fully understand them. Robots bring this physical interaction to the potentially intimidating process of understanding engineering and programming.” 

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New SmartLab is Key to 21st Century Learning in Parochial Middle School

St. Athanasius is a private pre-K through 8th grade parochial school in Evan ston Illinois. Like many parochial schools across the country, they recognized the need for an expanded, modernized STEM education  program for their students. 
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Students in Rural Texas Exploring STEM Career Pathways with new SmartLab from QEP Resources

Grady Independent School District (ISD) is in the rural community of Lenore Texas, about 30 miles from Midland. Thanks to a generous grant from oil and gas exploration company QEP Resources, Grady ISD students can now explore exciting career pathways in STEM.

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California's Got an Elementary STEAM Lab in the News!

The STEAM SmartLab at Discovery School of the Arts (Victorville, CA) is off to a great start! The program was launched this semester and Discovery elementary students are exploring at a wide range of technologies including animation, mechanics and structures, robotics, programming, video production and more.
 
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From Boxes to Hands-on Learning: A Pennsylvania Elementary School STEM Center Installation Time Lapse

This is fun to watch! A four-day SmartLab installation compressed into only 45 seconds. 

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White House Directs $200 Million to Fund STEM Education for Women and Minorities

Great news from the White House and Department of Education! We'll be keeping our ear to the ground for details on this new STEM education grant program for women and minorities. We'll also directly contact our school partners as more information is released. Here's the announcement.  

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