Monthly Archives: June 2016

Inspired STEM Camper Turns Teacher

by Empow Studios
June 30, 2016

Empow Studios brings technology, arts, and play together to help young learners discover and build on their creative talents. They teach classes in programming, robotics, video game design, animation, design, audio engineering and other creative skills for the 21st century at over 20 locations in Massachusetts. Many of the students … 







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An App to Connect Home and School

by Amber Levinson
June 27, 2016

Educators and researchers have long argued that engaging families and making connections between home and school learning are key elements that foster children’s academic success and strong communities. In communities where parents may have had few educational opportunities themselves, or may have been educated in very different systems outside the … 







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Teaching STEM to Young Children: An International Perspective

by Vivien Stewart
June 23, 2016

On May 31-June 1, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America co-hosted Fostering STEM Trajectories: at a two-day event in Washington, DC. Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education and former Vice President of Asia Society, delivered these remarks on how an international perspective on STEM education for young children may … 







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Developing a Curriculum in Game Design and Development

by Steve Isaacs
June 21, 2016

Steve Isaacs teaches video game design and development to middle school students in New Jersey, and has been recognized as an ISTE Outstanding Teacher this year. Here he shares his experience in developing a curriculum in game design at his school, and offers tips for educators interested in doing so … 







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So You Want to Make a Video Game?

by Joey Glatt
June 16, 2016

As a member of the Support Team for the National STEM Video Game Challenge, I often receive many emails from students looking for guidance, such as a recent request from Yoel in Dallas who was looking for tips for young game designers thinking about entering a game for the 2016 … 







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Fostering STEM Trajectories: A Plan of Action

June 13, 2016

Picture this: You enter a preschool classroom and hear the splashes and giggles of children around a water table. You approach an elementary school and see a small group of children on a guided nature walk, investigating the blossoms on a flowering tree, while another group is measuring the dimensions … 







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Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy

by Administrator
June 13, 2016

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Enter to Win a Copy of Tap, Click, Read

by Administrator
June 13, 2016

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jossey-Bass for a Goodreads giveaway! Enter now for a chance to win a copy of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine now through July 8, 2016. Learn more about the book at … 







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The STEM Challenge at Remake Learning Days

by Heather Mallak
June 9, 2016

The synergy in Pittsburgh that extends across three rivers, regional institutions, learning spaces, and communities in support of local youth was in the spotlight during May 9-15, 2016. Remake Learning Days was a bold vision to bolster over 300 events that took place throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia with … 







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Catching Up with Inaugural STEM Challenge Winner Derek Lomas

by Katy Svehaug
June 2, 2016

When Derek Lomas learned that 50% of 8th grade students in the United States can’t put a series of fractions in order from least to greatest—a skill that’s generally taught to students in 4th and 5th grade—he knew that something needed to be done. “Fractions are often the mathematical sticking … 







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