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June 2018 – Computer Science

At a recent workshop to learn how to create cool stuff with 3D printers given to STEM Centers from NWA 3D through a NSF Grant supported by the Arkansas EPSCoR our professor-researcher said the following: “We couldn’t make mistakes fast enough.” He was referring to his work at Harvard to design new technologies that support medical researchers. I couldn’t help to think of how our students today are so afraid to make mistakes … worrying too much about grades… never understanding that it is the process of making mistakes that really increases deep learning and understanding.

At any rate, this month’s topic is computer science … and interestingly I’m old enough to remember programming (coding) in Apple Basic and running SPSS and SASS in the 80s where we had to run punched cards through a card reader machine and then wait to see if our coding worked! That’s right, no drop down menus were to be found. 

Yes, women have played an important role in the field of computer science and information technology despite you probably not having a name at the tip of your tongue. For more on these incredible women, read History of Women in IT: 6 Female Pioneers in Computer Science

Ed Week’s Benjamin Herold covers the bases on whether states and schools can mount a successful campaign aimed at computer science: Computer Science for All: Can Schools Pull It Off?

Exposure to computational thinking ~ coding ~ computer science ~ is it lacking in your schools? Knowing that 45 percent of all jobs in STEM are now in computer science and information technology, it’s time to seriously rethink our educational priorities. See what Maryland is doing: All Kids Should Have a Computer Science Education.

Wondering what Arkansas is up to regarding computer science? These Arkansas computer science resources will blow your mind… and if you can catch Anthony Owen sitting down long enough to eat lunch, his plans for the future of Arkansas and STEM will also blow your mind! Governor Hutchinson also continues to lead the charge working with teachers, Facebook, and other respected tech companies to lead Arkansas’ computer science initiatives.

Computer science goes all the way down to ~ kindergarten. That’s right! A Plan to Teach Every Child Computer Science

Meet some cool 4-year olds learning how to code! Kindergarten Coders can Program before They Can Read

 

May 2018 – Robotics

Some might think that events like Science Olympiad and the Central Arkansas Regional Science and Engineering Fair don’t significantly contribute to K-12 students going into STEM fields … but doc students at NC State might change your mind! Click here for their YouTube presentation ~ Worth Watching.

With six robotics camps for students and teachers alike in the mix for July 2018 at the STEM Education Center ~ here’s a peek at why we’re so stoked to explore!

Does tinkering with robotics really do anything for students? Read this: Work, Play and STEM: How Robotics will Bridge the Gap

Robotics classrooms of the future? No ~ today! How Robotics is Transforming STEM in Elementary Schools.

Not just for play, How Can Robotics Bring STEM Learning to Life?

The need for more roboticists … Why STEM and Robotics Education is So Important. 

Why ~ everyone ~ needs to get involved in robotics! Peter Balyta: Want to Make a Difference in STEM? Become a robotics mentor.

And for those of you who prefer an evidence-based article on the impact of robotics and STEM interest … Robotic Cooperative Learning Promotes Student STEM Interest.

The new digital technology curriculum? Five Reasons to Teach Robotics in Schools.

 

April 2018 – Mathematics, PBL, STEAM, & Sports

Perspective from Stanford University math professors ~ research evidence on the best way to learn math facts [Posted April 17, 2018]

Want to know more about Problem-Based Learning? [Posted April 17, 2018]

How young is too young to start talking about math with your child? [Posted April 17, 2018]

STEM ~ STEAM … what’s the difference and why should you know? [Posted April 17, 2018]

STEAM … not exactly a new concept… but do you know why we need to put the arts into STEM? [Posted April 17, 2018]

Having trouble pulling your son or daughter off the field? That’s right ~ STEM in SPORTs. [Posted April 17, 2018]

 

March 2018 – A Bit of Everything!

Can’t get your child’s elementary school to embrace robotics? [Posted March 13, 2018]

Read more about a national study focused on early science learning! [Posted March 13, 2018]

Is there science learning value in water play by young children? [Posted March 13, 2018]

Math and science introduced in preschool classrooms? [Posted March 13, 2018]

How to transform your school STEM program with robotics! [Posted March 13, 2018]