Hidden Figures is the perfect space race movie (ars technica)

by Tommy Cornelis


There is probably nothing that lifts my spirits more than a movie about heroic scientists sending astronauts into space. Apollo 13 did this masterfully, and The Martian gave it a futuristic twist. And now Hidden Figures has revitalized this quintessentially American tale again, with great success, by focusing on the true story of a group of early NASA mathematicians who …


Big bang for just a few bucks: The impact of math textbooks in California (Brookings Institute)

by Tommy Cornelis


Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning. This report uses data collected from elementary schools in California to estimate the impacts of mathematics textbook choices on student achievement. We study four of the most popular books in the state from 2008-2013 and find that one—Houghton Mifflin …



Janine Ingram: Mentorship and the Culture of Encouragement (MIND Research)

by STEMconnector


Last fall, I had the privilege of meeting and convening with amazing, accomplished women (and men) all focused on one theme: GIRL POWER! And even more exciting, a clear call to action emerged: for us to unlock dreams and open doors to life-changing careers by mentoring young girls. I was honored to participate in the opening panel of STEMConnector’s Million …


UD to establish cybersecurity center (Dayton Business Journal)

by Tommy Cornelis


The University of Dayton is establishing a center devoted to cybersecurity and data intelligence. The school announced Thursday the project, which is being made possible by a lead gift from Premier Health. The center will first focus on the health care environment, but also will seek other donors to help expand its scope, the school announced, but the gift amount …


‘Hidden Figures’ recalculates story of women of color in STEM (Arizona State)

by Tommy Cornelis


Across STEM fields, women of color share a similar story — just ask Sharon Torres. “I was born and raised in the Philippines, but all my role models were white,” said the advocacy manager at ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. Her work in breaking down barriers — gender and ethnic — figures to get a boost Friday with …


Recycling Your Christmas Tree (Feed, Nourish, Thrive.)

by STEMconnector


As we close out the holiday season and begin to remove the decorations and décor from our homes, many may be wondering about the appropriate ways to dispose of Christmas trees. Extension agents and other forestry and natural resource advocates throughout the nation are teaching the masses about recycling the decorative trees. Michigan State University extension agents have published a brochure …


Is Mark Zuckerberg considering White House run? (USA Today)

by STEMconnector


Are we witnessing the soft launch of Mark Zuckerberg the statesman? On Tuesday Zuckerberg said he would embark on a 30-state listening tour as his personal challenge for 2017, suggesting the Facebook CEO may harbor political aspirations. The announcement came after last month’s revelations that Zuckerberg persuaded the Facebook board to allow him to retain control of the social media company even if he …


HISD opens new $72M high school built around an airplane hangar (Houston Business Journal)

by STEMconnector


Sterling Aviation High School is ready to lift off. The aviation-focused school, at 11625 Martindale south of downtown Houston, opens to students Jan. 4, according to a release. It’s the first new comprehensive high school to be completed under the 2012 bond program and the first to be constructed in the Houston Independent School District in nearly 16 years. The …


Rigorous STEM-Centered Curriculum Challenges Students At Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (Town Topics)

by STEMconnector


The life of the mind is celebrated at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS). Located at 19 Lambert Drive (off Rosedale Road), the independent international boarding and day school opened in 2013, and offers a unique study and research program to a multi-cultural student body. Executive Principal Matthew Pearce has been with PRISMS since 2014, and involved …


New Goddard School focuses on STEM, arts (Independent Tribune)

by STEMconnector


Chattering excitedly, a cluster of toddlers huddles around a low wooden table, grabbing pegs and sticks in turn to build a geometric Christmas tree. But a few hover back. One young boy sifts through a sensory table filled with sand while a two girls fiddle with some blocks at the end of the table. Learning through independent play remains an …



WIT Announces 2016 Women of the Year Award Winners (Women In Technology)

by STEMconnector


Women in Technology (WIT) announced the winners of its 17th annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards at a gala and dinner held last night at the Georgia Aquarium. WIT’s Women of the Year Awards celebrates female technology executives in Georgia for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology, ground-breakers in business, and remarkable leaders who make …


Program provides boost to teens with eyes set on engineering (WRAL)

by STEMconnector


A new public school initiative will allow Hawaii students interested in engineering careers get on an early pathway to acceptance at a university engineering program. The state Department of Education is partnering with the University of Hawaii to create a “college-focused pathway” for students to pursue direct acceptance into the College of Engineering at UH-Manoa, reported The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/2hN6hkr …


Business-education partnership helps Louisiana businesses develop high-skilled employees (The Business Journals)

by STEMconnector


Louisiana leaders have set their sights on a strategic direction for workforce training. Flexibility and innovation have been made top priority in programs like LED FastStart. LED FastStart professionals create a no-cost custom plan for recruiting, screening and training a new workforce for eligible expanding firms in target industries such as advanced and traditional manufacturing, logistics, information technology, corporate offices …




Dayton educators take focus on ‘soft skills’ (Dayton Business Journal)

by STEMconnector


Students at The Dayton Regional STEM School wear many hats — six thinking hats, to be precise. The school uses physician and psychologist Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats system to teach students such business soft skills as collaboration, professionalism and communication. “We teach a lot of soft skills, especially since the workplace students will face when they graduate is …


State seeks comments on some learning standards (Toledo Blade)

by STEMconnector


Ohioans interested in what students learn in social studies and science classes can now tell the state how to improve learning standards that cover topics ranging from the Constitution to chemical reactions. The Ohio Department of Education is accepting online comments through Jan. 9 about the standards — the state’s list of expectations describing what students should learn in subjects and …


‘Keeping up with the Droneses’: Stockton University offers class on unmanned flight (NewsWorks)

by STEMconnector


Buying a drone at your local Walmart is the easy part. Understanding the historical context, legal issues, and federal regulations surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles before flying your brand new quadcopter for the first time is harder. A class starting later this month at Stockton University entitled “Introduction of Unmanned Aviation Systems” offers students a bird’s-eye view of the history of …