Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive

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Excerpted from Making Science: Reimagining STEM Education in Middle School and Beyond by Christa Flores, published in 2016 by Constructing Modern Knowledge Press. Studies show that the best predictor of STEM career choice in adulthood is linked to whether kids self-report seeing themselves as scientists when they grow up by 8th grade (Maltese & Tai, 2011). 2003; Cornett 1986).

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“If everything in life is a game, then we need to choose the games we play carefully.” – Szymon Machajewski, USA

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Machajewski previously received a 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovative Development. Student engagement in introductory Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses is a major national problem with important consequences. Students change majors away from STEM. A recent report by the US Department of Education showed that 48 percent of bachelor’s degree students between 2003 and 2009 left the STEM fields.

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Like their students, colleges are vastly increasing the amount they borrow

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The annual cost of servicing this accumulated debt more than doubled, from $21 billion in 2003 to $48 billion in 2012, the most recent period for which it has been calculated by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

North Carolina New Schools Shuts Down, Cites Rapid Growth

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In addition, the organization increased its focus to include early college high schools, regional specialty high schools, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) schools, as well as the coaching of teachers and principals. (Image: North Carolina New School Foundation).

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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Georgia State agreed to start using analytics in 2011. Renick says he signed a contract with EAB 2011 before it even had a prototype for the software. But some STEM majors are tougher than others. Keenan Robinson works out at Georgia State University’s fitness center.

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

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As recently as 1997, only 27 percent of America’s K-12 school had internet access—a number that skyrocketed to 92 percent by 2003. Between 2004 and 2011, I worked as an executive in SchoolNet and Kaplan, both of which grew into successful and innovative education companies. And K-12 isn’t just one market if you’re a content company; you need to hone your expertise in particular subject areas, such as math, English or STEM.

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Theories for the digital age: The digital natives discourse

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It could be argued that these theories stem back to the seminal claim of Marshall McLuhan (1964) that ‘we shape our tools and thereafter, our tools shape us.’ 2003) Boomers, Gen-xers, and Millennials : Understanding the new students. 2011) The Digital Native: Myth and Reality.

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