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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 2

This is the second 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. * * * Morning Two (Algebra I) I used to believe that the best Professional Development meant having real conversations with teachers who teach in similar content areas. This opinion changed when I saw Preston’s Algebra 1 class (as taught by the incredible Kathy Sampson). I now believe that the best Professional Development is... 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

Profile: John Urschel

People like to talk about the imaginary division between students. In television and movies, especially, we’re told that there are ‘jocks’ and ‘preppies’ and ‘nerds’, and that each is distinct from the other. As if any of us is just one thing, and nothing more. With that in mind, let’s talk for a minute about John Urschel. John Urschel played football for Penn State from 2009 to 2013. He is a lineman, a grunt. Not the kind of household name you typically would associate with glory. But last month, he... 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

MATH: Beautiful Equations

Sometimes math gets a bad rap. People see the form and the function, they see a bunch of numbers and squiggly lines, but they don’t necessarily see the poetry of it all. It’s a good thing, then, that our friends at LiveScience have come up with this slideshow of the world’s most beautiful equations. They talked to physicists, astronomers, and mathematicians to find out what equations really moved them. Did the Pythagorean Theorem make the cut? How about the theory of relativity? You’ll just have to see for yourself. *... Read More