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Reimagining the Student-Teacher Relationship

By Donovan Burriss and Kasey Kaler Every kid needs a champion. Someone they can look up to and think, “wow, I want to be just like them when I grow up.” While it might not always be that obvious, it is evident the massive impact that we can have on children. Dr. James P. Comer…

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Girls in STEM: Building Motivation and Competence through Sport

By Donovan Burriss and Kasey Kaler The workforce of professionals concentrated in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is imperative to the expansion and innovation of America’s global competitiveness. Today, females are largely underrepresented in the STEM workforce and hold less than 25% of STEM professions (particularly engineering). Per the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics…

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Beaumont Independent School District campers turn sports into science

  Story via Liz Teitz of Beaumont Enterprise on June 29, 2018 In a quiet classroom Thursday morning, Logan Castille and Aiden Reed adjusted the angle of their spoon-and-popsicle stick catapult. The middle school students flung cotton balls and marshmallows toward a basketball hoop-shaped bucket, shifting the rubber bands holding the pieces together when they…

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Creating Visionary Students; The Lasting Impact of STEM and Sports Applications

By Donovon Burriss on June 13, 2018 Traditionally, science and math classes have not been courses of interest for our youth because they do not hold practical applications for the typical child. The lack of these programs for elementary and middle school-aged students is a precursor to a phenomenon taking place at the collegiate level…