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National Math and Science Initiative Partners with Grubhub to Celebrate Pi Day and Fuel STEM Students for Success

 In celebration of Pi Day and support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Grubhub, the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, is partnering with the NMSI to fuel the next generation of STEM students.   “We’re thrilled to work with Grubhub to spotlight the importance of rigorous math and science education for all students,” said Matthew Randazzo, CEO, NMSI. “With Grubhub’s generous support, we hope to empower even more students and teachers to excel in classrooms across the country.” In honor of the aptly named holiday- March ...

The Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten

A majority of low-income and minority kindergarteners come in with poor general science knowledge—and closing that gap may be crucial for ensuring academic success later on. When children start kindergarten, sizable gaps in science knowledge already exist between whites and minorities—as well as between youngsters from upper-income and low-income families. And those disparities often deepen into significant achievement gaps by the end of eighth grade if they aren’t addressed during elementary school. These are some of the findings in a new report by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, ...

NMSI Students Arrive in Style with Second Lady of the United States

On Tuesday, three Aberdeen High School students and one teacher met Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden at the White House before traveling via Presidential motorcade to Andrew’s Air Force Base where they boarded one of the highly customized Boeing 757 series aircraft used to transport the Vice President of the United States. They were flown to Houston, Texas where they toured the Johnson Space Center and Mission Control before welcoming astronauts back from a year-long space mission. Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, MD) is one of more ...

Science at the Movies

This is a guest post by Elliot Mayen, NMSI Brand Manager. This past weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the Oscars, its yearly award ceremony honoring movies released in 2015. The awards are traditionally seen as a celebration of the aesthetic elements of filmmaking (acting, directing, composing, etc.), with the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation being relegated to a different, untelevised event. Yet the very name of the Academy belies the close ties that the art of filmmaking has with all sorts of scientific fields, and ...

The Effort to Guide Educators and State and District Policy Makers About K-12 Computer Science

For most states and school districts, the notion of computer science for every student is a relatively new and unexplored topic. Responding to parent demand for their children to have access to computer science, there’s been a major shift in thinking by states and school districts about how to make computer science part of core academic work. They are asking big questions of the computing community: What should all students know and be able to do in K-12 computer science? What does the community expect every student to learn in elementary school, in ...

NMSI Chief Executive Officer Named to the Tenth Class of Children and Family Fellows

The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced today that NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo has been selected as one of 16 leaders from 13 states for the tenth class of its Children and Family Fellowship. These men and women — accomplished leaders from the public, nonprofit and academic sectors — will use the 16-month Fellowship to work within their agencies, organizations and communities toward specific, measurable improvements for children and families. Learn more about the Fellowship and see the full list of individuals selected by clicking here.

Louisiana Students, Teachers to Benefit from Expansion of National Math + Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program

Yesterday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Policymakers, local business and civic leaders, higher education representatives and teachers gathered this morning for an event announcing a major expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program in Louisiana schools, with financial assistance from ExxonMobil. Hosted by Principal Nanette McCann of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, officials recognized the hard work of local educators and highlighted the need for community leaders to raise matching funds to reach every high school across the state in future years. “This is a ...

A Century Later, Einstein Holds True

Last week, scientists announced that they had detected and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding. According to physicists, this sound is the first concrete evidence of gravitational waves, something that Albert Einstein predicted nearly a century ago. This is not the first time that one of Einstein’s theories has been proven correct. In fact, one of the reasons that Einstein is still celebrated today is because nearly every prediction he made has been tested and verified. Aside from his prediction of gravitational waves, Einstein has two more ...

New football stadium leads the way for STEM industries

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. On February 7th, two national football franchises met to play professional sports’ largest event, Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California. While the week prior is filled with team coverage, player and coach interviews, and endless analysis of game-day strategy, few talked about the most remarkable aspect of all—the new stadium. This year’s Super Bowl was played in Levi’s Stadium, a newly built, multi-purpose venue that opened in 2014 as the football home of the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Snowblogalypse: The Science Behind Jonas

In January, Winter Storm Jonas slammed the East Coast, and now many locals are dealing with the aftermath of the storm. NMSI breaks down the lasting effects of the storm through the different states of water. When Winter Storm Jonas finally passed, some East Coast residents decided to make the most of the snow days by snowshoeing, building snowmen, and even snowboarding, but everyone had to manage the catastrophic aftermath. The reason Jonas occurred, why it was so bad and much of the damage that the storm left in its ...

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