National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Battling Holiday Boredom

“I’m bored” The phrase every parent dreads hearing, especially during the Holiday break. Whether you’re snowed in, preparing for company or just simply looking for a unique way to spend time as a family, it can be challenging to find ways to stave off boredom during the hectic Holiday season. We compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to battle Holiday boredom – everything from favorite books to DIY experiments – in hopes that it will help you and your family enjoy the Holiday season in a new way. ...

Students Learn the (Computer) Science of PB&J Sandwiches

Briana Guevara walked into her AP Computer Science classroom with a cart in tow, on the cart she had all the makings for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’re not for her lunch, but rather to teach a lesson about coding. Because the first thing everyone thinks about in Computer Science is PB&J sandwiches. “I ask the students to write me a very specific set of instructions on how to make the sandwich,” Guevara explained. “As I read through the instructions, I make it exactly as they tell me ...

NMSI CEO: A Code for Success

This is a guest post by Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO.  There is a common thread between the designers of the Apple watch, aerospace engineers and financial analysts. That thread is computer science. Computer science has driven innovation in every field and is powering approaches to many of our world’s toughest challenges. Whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, we know their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how programming and technology work. Yet across the country, too few students and even fewer girls and traditionally underrepresented minority ...

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