Tag Archives: math

Building with blocks, building skills and memories






I still have the wooden unit blocks that were central to many of my childhood play scenarios. The wooden blocks did not stick or snap together so we had to consider balance and how to make a sturdy base to support our structures. They were the materials we used to make models—building beds and shelter […]

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Science of golf: handicap






Although golf is a game that is often thought of as elitist, it has many egalitarian aspects, such as the handicapping system! Find out more about it in Science of Golf: Handicap Index. Haven’t been golfing long? Or, like me, enjoy walking the course but don’t take time to practice? No problem in this sport. […]

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The future is here






In addition to NSTA publications, I read many others related to science and education, both in print and online. I usually scan the pages and images, focusing on articles of interest. However, the May 2013 issue of Smithsonian was so compelling, I had to read it cover to cover! The theme was “The Future Is […]

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When early childhood activities integrate math, science and engineering






Sometimes activities engage children in overlappings mathematics, science, and engineering learning. Check out Kassia Wedekind’s discussion of how she uses math centers in her kindergarten classroom. The discussions she holds with students are central to her planning. I had some questions and maybe you will too. Peggy  

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Picture-perfect elementary STEM






This morning in New Orleans, as part of the Urban Science Education Leadership (USEL) session, presenters from the Baltimore City Public Schools described their district’s Elementary STEM Teacher Clinic and how it transformed the teachers who participated in it.






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Not your typical science fair






The Inventions Convention at Crosby Middle School is the climax of a three-month unit that takes sixth graders through the process of creating an invention while showing them the real-world aspects of science, math, reading, and writing.






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Are your high school students WORTHY?






Know a freshman or sophomore majoring in physics, engineering, computer science, or math who has a solid 3.0 GPA? Northrop Grumman’s WORTHY program has much to offer him or her.






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Cotton candy, roller coasters, and STEM






Have you ever taken your students to STEM education events at an amusement park?






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Learning from the experience of others






As the revision of the national science education standards gets started, many educators, administrators, parents, and other community members will be concerned not just the final product, but how the final product will be decided. Henry Kepner, Jr., president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, shared his observations from the development of the […]

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Spend a little, gain a lot






I revisited a popular session held last year in New Orleans to see who showed up this year.






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