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Holiday Lectures on Science

The Holiday Lectures on Science series brings current research into the science classroom, helping to bridge the gap between textbook curriculum and exciting new research developments.

Girlbusters: Fighting Against Gender Bias For Women in STEM

In a recent study conducted by the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, a whopping 100 percent of women of color interviewed said they've experienced gender bias, compared to 93 percent of white women (Sorry, Leslie Jones, things just got real for you). But 93 percent for white women is hardly a win.

How Elementary School Teachers’ Biases Can Discourage Girls From Math and Science

We know that women are underrepresented in math and science jobs. What we don’t know is why it happens.

There are various theories, and many of them focus on childhood. Parents and toy-makers discourage girls from studying math and science. So do their teachers. Girls lack role models in those fields, and grow up believing they wouldn’t do well in them.


Legislative Update Support K-12 Engineering Education Legislation

This week, Congressional Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Joe Kennedy, III (D-MA), David McKinley (R-WV), Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) plan to reintroduce the Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act (ETEA) in advance of Engineers Week.

Research in Engineering Education

The REE program accepts a diverse range of project scales from small, exploratory projects to large scale investigations with a broad, systemic scope; project budgets should match the project scope.  Small-scale, exploratory projects with high transformative potential are strongly encouraged.  The estimated number of awarded proposals is based on a projected average funding level of approximately $100,000 per project per year.   All PIs should discuss the budget of proposed projects with a cognizant program officer before submission.

Khan Academy launches ambitious math ‘challenge’

Over the past decade, the free instructional website Khan Academy has transformed how tens of millions of students across the globe perceive and approach math. Now, it’s pursuing a bigger aim: transforming how students perceive themselves.

Fashion Circuit

You’ve probably heard of light-emitting diodes, a type of energy-efficient light. While they’re good for practical reasons—say, illuminating a room or a passageway—they can also add a little bling to clothing. To incorporate LEDs into your favorite accessories, you’ll start by creating a basic circuit from a battery, two pieces of wire, and an LED. You’ll then modify this circuit so that you can turn it on and off using fasteners like buttons, zippers, laces, hooks, and buckles. If you’re interested in trying this with a class or camp, check out the related links.

Closing the gender gap: Ada Developers Academy helps women learn programming skills for free

Not long ago, Davida Marion was managing an ice cream shop, Ellen Wondra-Lindley was answering phone calls on a customer service hotline, and Elizabeth Uselton was tallying employee payroll for a catering company.

Creative Educator

Looking for ideas to engage your students across the curriculum? Check out Creative Educator for project-based learning, professional development, and other resources. Creative Educator focuses on effective ideas and strategies to foster creativity and engage students in the curriculum. Articles are designed to provide you with an informed and diverse view of today’s educational technology field, including fresh ideas about project-based learning, classroom management, and creativity.