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Grant Brings Texas Students & Teachers New Technology in the Classroom

Helping teachers support and encourage their students in STEM is why we are excited for the opportunity to work with the recipients of the 2014 I Rock Math grant! United Way and Texas Instruments awarded a total of $50,000 to Dallas ISD’s Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), Lancaster ISD’s Elsie Robertson Middle School, and Mesquite ISD’s Georgia W. Kimball Elementary for iPads and other tech equipment that students will use to enhance their math and science learning experience in the classroom. NMSI will provide teacher mentorship and training on how to best implement the technology in the classroom. ...

State of the Union 2014 – The State of STEM Education

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, he emphasized the importance of “preparing students with skills for the new economy – problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math.” Indeed, throughout the speech, the President highlighted critical industries, such as renewable energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology, all of which demand STEM-literate workers and innovators. But will our students be prepared to take on these jobs of the future? Unfortunately, it’s clear that our nation is still facing a STEM crisis. The latest PISA scores have highlighted as much, with the U.S. ranking 30th in math ...

Not Why, But How: 3 Ways to Foster Inquiry Based Learning

We are living in an age where our society is inundated with technological innovations and resources that make accessing information and answering questions easier than it has ever been. A simple Internet search will answer virtually any question on any topic, subject, person, or time period – access to a world of information is literally at our fingertips! But, as amazing as this is, we must be careful that we don’t sacrifice valuable critical thinking skills for the sake of convenience. That is why we at NMSI believe that, ...

Havre De Grace High School Helps Improve Education in Maryland

Student success is something we always try to support and encourage here at NMSI, so we are thrilled to announce the amazing results of our Comprehensive AP Program at Havre De Grace High School in Havre de Grace, Maryland! The program sponsor at this school was the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), who has awarded nearly $20 million total in grant funds to NMSI for its AP programs supporting military families. However, the program itself was made successful by the school’s phenomenal teachers, whose passion for learning has ...

Aberdeen High Named School of the Year for Incredible AP Results

With a new year comes a new round of NMSI awards, and we’re kicking them off with the second annual NMSI School of the Year recognition! This year we are proud to announce that Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Maryland is NMSI’s School of the Year for their outstanding AP results in the 2012-2013 school year! NMSI, along with the White House OSTP and Joining Forces, are working to help address the challenges military families face obtaining consistent, quality education between frequent moves through the NMSI Comprehensive Advanced Placement ...

Aberdeen High School Awarded National Math and Science Initiative “School of the Year”

NMSI and The Boeing Company team up to provide comprehensive program to boost student achievement in math, science and English classes Aberdeen selected out of 465 participating schools nationwide for award ABERDEEN – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that Aberdeen High School (AHS) of Aberdeen, Md., has been selected as the “School of the Year” for its outstanding gains in student achievement. NMSI and Boeing, the local program sponsor, presented the award to Aberdeen students and faculty at a special celebration today featuring leadership from the ...

Catalysts for Improving our Classrooms

In the laboratory, a catalyst is defined as a “substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions than otherwise possible.”  And in the realm of education, a catalyst can act as an “agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.”  This is precisely what we need – a catalyst – to help improve our education system, improve student outcomes, and close the achievement gap. What can we do to solve these problems, and who is in the best position ...

Computer Science and Student Engagement: Supporting the “T” in STEM

Last month, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) published an eagerly anticipated white paper titled Education & Careers in the U.S.: The Future of Computer Science. The report is a comprehensive compilation of insights from government officials, business executives, and thought leaders from across the country who met together for a day-long executive round table discussion last September – hosted by STEMconnector and TCS – to explore the current state of science, technology, engineering, and math education in America. The discussions particularly focused on how policy, advocacy, and outreach have worked ...

Teaching Kids to Argue: Critical Thinking and the Scientific Method

There exists among members of our society a stigma against arguing. From a young age, children are told not to bicker and quarrel, and many adults tend to purposefully avoid conflict because getting into an “argument” is something that is viewed as bad and punishable. However, the act of arguing is not as bad as we make it out to be. When used properly, arguing is really just an extension of critical thinking and analysis. To elaborate more on the subject, NMSI’s expert science coordinator Robert Gonzales affirms our ...

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