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Why Teach STEM: The Importance of STEM Education

STEM is an abbreviation for science, technology, engineering, and math. This clumping of subjects is used to explain education subjects, degrees, and jobs in the workplace. As the world continues to change and technology advances, the importance of providing students with quality STEM education increases. According to a study by the U.S. Department of Commerce,…

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How to Get Kids Interested in Engineering

In our constantly growing world and economy, the role of engineers is continuing to rise at a rapid rate. Engineering is an essential part of our society’s continued expansion. In order to continue to produce quality engineers with innovative mindsets, we have to find ways to get kids interested in engineering. This early interest is…

Mentors in STEM

What is a mentor Mentors have always been a part of society. You see examples of this in your own life, movies, and history courses. People often echo the importance of mentorship; but, what is categorized as a mentor?  Guider defines a mentor as, “a person who can support, advise and guide you. They typically…

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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 missed…

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From Plants to Project-Based Learning; Building the Foundation for STEM Sports

By Donovan Burriss on June 26, 2018 At the onset, I prompted this question to my 3rd-6th graders, “can you guys tell me what you think STEM is?” Here are some of my favorite answers. “Stem is a part of a flower!” said one 4th grade student. “Isn’t Stem like a plant?” said a 5th-grader….

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Students learn academic skills through STEM Sports programs in Glasgow, KY

Story via Will Perkins of Glasgow Daily Times on June 19, 2018 Dasia Driver, a rising seventh-grader at Glasgow Middle School, held one end of a measuring tape while rising eighth-grader Miranda Lee held the other Tuesday morning in the parking lot behind GMS. They were measuring and recording the distance that Lee threw a…

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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…