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As you walk into the Mission Science Workshop, you may see some kids holding a snake, examining rocks and fossils, handling the bones of a 36-foot gray whale skeleton, or tinkering with tools to understand the science of pressure, light, and color. The entire environment is filled with the sound of excitement. This isn’t a school science classroom or a fancy museum; it’s a community science center, and it’s filling the opportunity gap between schools a...
As job opportunities in the field of information technology continue to grow, computing and programming education programs that meet these learning needs are gaining popularity. There is a lack of diversity in this field and a grassroots effort to help develop a more diverse future workforce in this industry. Many existing programs focus specifically on encouraging women and girls (Made with ...
Robot world domination is a popular scene in sci-fi movies and fiction. Although that remains a fanciful future for many, advances in technology have seen robots taking assistant roles in education: from being a kindergarten class assistant to becoming a pal to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn emotional and ...
Robotics projects provide exciting opportunities to learn about engineering, problem solving, and collaboration. Students get excited to work together and explore ways to make their robots perform movements and tasks. While the engineering concepts are often the pedagogical spotlight of these activities, they are also important lessons in collaboration. The researchers in this study believe that moments of uncertainty are particularly important f...
Half the Sky Movement: The Game is a Facebook adventure game that helps players learn about gender inequity issues around the world. In the game, the player starts as Radhika, an Indian woman beginning a global journey to fight for equality from India to Kenya, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and lastly the U.S. In gameplay, Radhika must make choices and take actions to address...
Mentorship is an educational approach that dates back long before the advent of the modern education system and remains a powerful way to prepare youth to be experts in various fields. Mentors not only provide professional advice but also share their experiences to help mentees quickly get real world perspectives to deal with career challenges. Mentoring is also a widely advocated approach...
Makers all over the world are releasing their imagination through creating, making, playing and designing. Makerspaces are places where they can access maker tools and technologies, gather feedback on their projects and learn from other makers' inspirations. Fab labs (fabrication laboratories), while often used interchangeably with makerspaces
Who are makers? Depending on which aspect you examine, makers can be designers, programmers, artists, engineers, hackers, or inventors. While makers put on different hats as they work on projects, the commonality is that they are all passionate about what they are making. Unlike other new educational ideas and movements, the good news for educators about the maker movement is that it embraces and is a perfect fit with the learning-by-doing philosophy, one...
Google has become a verb in our daily lives. Eager to know something? Google it. Stuck with a challenging problem you must solve? Search it. We are used to immediate answers, and it seems counterintuitive to think that asking for help or hints online might not enhance learning. However, a recent study about help-seeking behaviors in an online tutoring environment has uncovered unexpected negative impacts of help-seeking approaches in online l...
Advances in technologies have generated a new wave of entrepreneurship, and this opportunity has inspired some technologically talented people to become entrepreneurs. While digital literacies and computer science education have attracted the attention and scrutiny from educators and policy makers, teaching youth entrepreneurship has been less frequently considered. A recent mixed-method study on youth entrepreneurship surveyed over a thousand yo...