National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Matthew Randazzo Named Interim CEO of National Math and Science Initiative

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that it is naming Matthew Randazzo as interim chief executive officer. Its current CEO, Sara Martinez Tucker was recently appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents and will be stepping down to focus her activities and responsibilities on serving higher education in Texas.   Tucker’s appointment is a testament to her lifelong commitment to improving educational opportunities for students both in the state of Texas, and nationwide. NMSI is very proud and offers her our heartfelt congratulations on this honor.    NMSI’s ...

Pi Day Activities for Your Classroom

March 14 is almost here, the day when we celebrate pi, the essential mathematical symbol that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi has been known to humanity for more than 4,000 years, but the first Pi Day celebration wasn’t held until 1988, when the San Francisco Exploratorium physicist Larry Shaw hosted a public party celebrating the never-ending number with pie and a symbolic group march around a circular room. The idea caught on, and now Pi Day is celebrated around the United States and ...

Three Contests to Get Your Students Excited About STEM

Each year, more than 9 million students participate in science competitions big and small that challenge them to conduct research addressing some of science’s most pressing  questions, construct robots capable of performing complex tasks, and create software and hardware that address the everyday problems of people around the world. These competitions help reinforce students’ understanding of key science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts by linking what they learn in the classroom to real-world issues. They help students of all skill levels develop and test their ideas, think critically ...

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