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STEM Educator Symposium: Day 3

This is the last of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * Writing this last blog on @preses14 I am at a loss to wrap up my thoughts. What do you say about a conference that was so well put together by teachers that have not paused their teaching job in order to act as hosts? There are many ways to understand something.... Read More

STEM Educator Symposium: Day 1

This is the first of three guest posts from Chris Ryan, physics and philosophy teacher from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick. Chris is reporting from the STEM Educator Symposium in Fort Collins, Colorado. Enjoy. * * * I was invited to the #preses14 conference to experience something different while connecting with other like-minded teachers. Day one did not disappoint. There were three things I was hoping to be able to do at the conference, and I had a taste of each one by the end of the first... Read More

The Science of Snowboarding

With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games approaching, we’ll all soon be marveling at the raw skill and ability of athletes from all over the world — and asking ourselves, How do they do that? But a new video series produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation helps remind us that it’s not just about the skill and ability of the athletes. Science and engineering also play a huge role. Check out this video featuring Shaun White, arguably the greatest snowboarder in the world. Notice that when discussing the factors... Read More

The ‘Maker Movement’ in Schools

Are you familiar with the so-called ‘Maker Movement‘? It’s a loose, global collection of people who solve problems — usually, as you may have guessed, by making things — and then share their process with others. There’s often a tech component, and there are definitely elements of engineering, electronics, robotics, and more. Well, there also seems to be a growing Maker subculture that involves the world of education. People that are dissatisfied with the standardization of contemporary American curricula revel in the opportunity to present students with concrete problem-solving opportunities... Read More