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“Let the learning flow!” (…and other proven framing strategies)

by Jessica Moyer
January 8, 2020

To get people thinking differently about the importance of connecting STEM learning environments, and to increase public engagement in the issue, we need to start talking differently. Empirically tested strategies for how to do this are presented in a free, user-friendly communications toolkit called Wiring Up: Strategies for Talking about Connecting … 







Love Letters for Computers

by Linda Liukas
November 15, 2019

I fell in love the moment my dad brought our first clunky computer home. Like many other children who grew up in the 1990s, I grew up using computers to write stories and explore the Internet. The term “computer science” conjured a dark cloak of mystery, with a hoodie, or … 







Ruff Family Science: Using Media to Support Multi-Generational Science Learning

by Lisa Hamanaka Ellsworth
October 9, 2019

Asha and her 6-year-old daughter, Zara, take deep breaths and blow onto the sails of their sail cars. The cars roll away…quickly at first before slowing to a stop. Zara cheers and exclaims, “I won! Mine went farthest!” Asha agrees and asks, “What was your prediction?” Zara reflects and grabs … 







El Círculo Familiar: Programming Robots is a Family Activity

by Katie Mills, PhD
May 29, 2019

“Mama, look at how I make the robot move!” “Papa, let me show you how to make the robot turn.” First- and second-graders were the computer science experts at University of Southern California when 35 families gathered to face two dozen robotics challenges. Over 225 children have been learning all year to code … 







Preschool Science at Home: PEEP Family Science Apps Help Low-Income Families Engage in Digital Learning

by Megan Silander, PhD, and Gay Mohrbacher
May 1, 2019

A growing body of research points to the importance of engaging children in science from an early age, for both their future trajectories in science careers and school readiness. For some children, preschool provides the chance to engage in meaningful science learning. But, for the 46% of American 3- and … 







Summit Builds Network of Early STEM Advocates in Idaho

by Erica Compton
February 5, 2019

On October 26, 2018, over 50 key stakeholders in early education gathered at the Idaho Early STEM Summit in Boise. Led by the Idaho STEM Action Center (STEM AC), this convening of professionals—comprised of representatives from research institutions, government agencies, libraries, and community-based organizations—is the first of its kind in … 







Iridescent’s AI Family Challenge Finds Parents’ Interest Outweighs Insecurity

by Iridescent
December 11, 2018

A recent study commissioned by Iridescent revealed 78% of underrepresented families want to learn more about technologies like AI despite their mixed emotions about how these technologies work and their potential impact on jobs. The online study, conducted by VeraQuest, found that while 80% of low-income families believe technologies like … 







Kicking off Science in the Park

by Christina Cantrill
December 5, 2018

If you happened to be visiting Independence National Historical Park in late October, you might have seen some of us educators and park rangers walking around with cell phones and taking pictures of things not normally featured on the postcards sold in the Park’s gift store. In addition to the … 







Computational Thinking in Storytime with Robots

by Claudia Haines
November 20, 2018

Claudia Haines, librarian at Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska, describes a recent Storytime with Robots event that she hosted in which children and their parents had the opportunity to think about computational thinking along with early literacy. This post was originally published on Claudia’s blog, Never Shushed, and appears … 







Announcing the 2018-2019 FamLAB Spark Grant Recipients

by Catherine Jhee
October 18, 2018

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Families Learning Across Boundaries (FamLAB) Spark Grants, a program designed to identify, support, and promote innovative approaches to help children and youth ages 3-12 learn more deeply across home, community, and school settings. These …