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America’s Navy’s STEM for the Classroom Program is Using Problem-Based Learning to Advance a Generation of Innovators

America’s Navy’s STEM for the Classroom Program is Using Problem-Based Learning to Advance a Generation of Innovators

It’s a cliché saying by now, but most of us can agree that the future is tech, and we largely have the U.S. military to thank for the most influential tech of the 21st Century – the internet. In 1969, an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense created a computer systems network called ARPANET that was the genesis for the world wide web as we know it today – creating the systems network

New Year, New Resources: 5 Discovery Education Corporate Partner Programs to Get You Back-to-School Ready

It’s back-to-school season! Which means educators everywhere are looking for new teaching strategies and classroom resources to add to their upcoming fall curriculums. There are a myriad of tools out there and in the age of smart phones and social media it can be difficult to keep students engaged and on-track. This means that finding resources that fit within your teaching approach and captivates students in the classroom can be a challenge. Good news! In

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

Kathy's Katch

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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