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Addressing different student needs in a big classroom is difficult. In a traditionally designed school, it is inevitable that some students will not be challenged enough, and others will not be able to keep up. However, a school in Washington D.C. has proposed a way to keep students learning, regardless of their level, while also allowing teachers more time to work independently with students who need it most. Instead of giving traditional l...
Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Chicago’s major electric utility, partners with high schools to offer low-income students a four-year, hands-on learning opportunity. For 25 years, the ComEd HFS Chicago Scholars program has offered scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the city’s top private high schools. Their new STEM program supplements their offerings by exposing their schol...
For children not even old enough to attend a full day of school, many might think teaching science and technology concepts is far too advanced for their young minds to handle. Now, though, a new program in a New Orleans preschool is proving otherwise. Educate New Orleans is integrating science, technology, engineering, and math concepts into their students' learning by encouraging play and discovery targeted at growth in these subjects. Aft...
Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity is an interdisciplinary course offered at Princeton University that teaches students about sound through many lenses, including physics, math, cognition, perception, and interface design, among others. The course provides learning through lectures, precepts, labs, and talks by visiting artists so that students are exposed to the material in many ways. In one lab, students even create their own musi...
At-home DNA ancestry tests like 23andMe have become wildly popular over the past few years. However, the over 26 million people who have taken one of these ancestry tests aren't actually accessing a very comprehensive analysis of DNA that can reliably and accurately say where a user's ancestors hailed from. Results rely heavily on the database of users compiled by the company conducting the analysis, and are only able to make educated guesses based on ...
While the coal mining industry has long supported many Appalachian communities, jobs in mines are rapidly disappearing, causing residents to lose work and leave their hometowns. For those hoping to preserve the community they’ve long been a part of, options may seem few and far between. However, thanks to the plethora of information at the fingertips of anyone with access to internet, a town in Kentucky was bolstered when they undertook an innovative e...
When the first T. Rex was uncovered in 1908, only part of the skeleton was discovered. Based on the structures of related animals, like chickens, paleontologists engaged in educated guesswork to construct the rest of the model. However, while the first T. Rex construction turned out to be surprisingly accurate, early paleontologists’ reconstructions of other dinosaurs, like the brontosaurus, were completely botched, leading to decades of misunderstandi...
With the edtech market growing rapidly in the United States, the battle for dominance in schools is also growing. Google, Microsoft, and Apple are each trying to create the most dynamic, accessible, and effective learning devices, platforms, and programs for classrooms. Especially in K-12 spaces, all three of these companies are trying to find the best way to become the favorite of both present and future classrooms. Though Google has soared...
As long-term and even commercial space travel come closer to reality, research highlighting the effects of outer space on the human body is becoming more prevalent and more important. However, with a relatively small pool of research subjects, it’s been hard for scientists to determine exactly how an astronaut’s health might differ if they hadn’t gone to space. Mass studies of astronauts might not be possible, but researchers have recently ga...
Traditionally, data collection and analysis for qualitative research has been limited to interviews and transcripts. But as society becomes increasingly globalized and sense making occurs through more and more visual and digital means, qualitative research methodologies expand to include photography, dance, performance art, documentaries, and digital data just to name a few. The Visual Research Center ...