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Turn your classroom into a top-secret STEM lab!

Turn your classroom into a top-secret STEM lab!

A few months ago, high school students in Denver, Fort Worth, Orlando, Palmdale and Stratford schools walked into their classrooms to discover their rooms had been turned into top-secret engineering design labs! Decked out in high-tech science gear, posters, and professionals from Lockheed Martin, these classrooms were taken over, made over, and ready to be

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August 2019: Best of the Katch

As I approach the end of my seventh year (and 84 posts) on Kathy’s Katch, I decided to look back and highlight some of my favorite posts. As you grab those last days of summer vacation, remember how far we have come with meaningful technology use in the classroom. A big thank you to Discovery

Use DISCOVER DATA to Bring Data to Life in the Classroom

DISCOVER DATA, a program created by Discovery Education, the Nielsen Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance, has just launched a new set of expanded resources designed to engage middle and high school students around the power of understanding data through relatable resources. Why, you ask? Several reports have been released over that past few years highlighting

How Girl Scouts is Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM

It’s no secret there’s a gender disparity in the STEM workforce. According to UNESCO, less than 30% of all the world’s researchers are women, while the STEM workforce has outpaced all other US job growth – growing by over 79% since 1990 (Pew Research Center). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting that some STEM jobs will grow

Meet the 10 Finalists of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge!

Students nowadays are more plugged in than ever to global challenges. Ranging from environmental and health issues to science and tech challenges, students are more invested than ever in helping to create a productive and safe future. According to the Pew Research Center, “technology, in particular, [is responsible] for the rapid evolution of how people communicate

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June 2019: Podcasts Revisited

I have the students in my Wilkes/Discovery Instructional Masters degree class create a podcast as an assignment. In her reflection on podcasts, one of my student, Meredith Lambert wrote: There is something different about the interaction between creator and consumer with podcasts then with written text. Because you’re hearing a person’s voice it makes it

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