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The Stats Behind the Bats

  As the NMSI team kicks off summer, we are excited to have a new cadre of interns joining us. In the coming weeks, we'll share their viewpoints on math, science, education and what they are learning from their internships. Today we hear from Nathan Mathai, our marketing and communications intern joining us from Furman University in South Carolina, about the math behind a favorite summer sport.  Baseball has always been America’s favorite summer pastime. We love the smell of fresh-cut grass and singing along with the national anthem. We love ...

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 ...

More Coursework Alone Doesn’t Boost STEM Achievement

To better prepare students for college and careers in STEM, many states have upped their minimum course requirements in math and science. But a new report from ACT indicates that simply mandating more math and science courses cannot by itself improve student outcomes. The ACT researchers suggest that efforts need to be focused on early preparation to ensure that students have the skills they need to succeed in advanced coursework by the time they get to high school. Teachers also need to ensure that courses remain sufficiently rigorous to ...

National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program

National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program Five universities awarded grants to implement transformative program for STEM teacher preparation; additional schools encouraged to apply for second round of funding DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced the expansion of the UTeach secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program to five research universities, made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). With the expansion of UTeach to ...

Solve the Problem, Win a Million

Teachers, do you think your math skills are worth a million dollars? Well, you can put them to the test by solving the Beal Conjecture, a mathematical problem that has confounded expert mathematicians since the 1980’s. The $1 million “Beal Prize” originally started out at the paltry sum of $5,000, funded by Andrew Beal; but, as the years have progressed, so has the prize money increased into the sizeable amount it is today. If there were ever a time to put your thinking caps on, that time is now! BEAL'S CONJECTURE: If ...

Algebra I Extra Light

If you just require students to take higher math without preparation, you don't improve results.  This is the shocking revelation this week documented at Ed Week in "Study: Middle School Algebra Push Yields Minimal Performance Gains" Here are the facts on the increase: In 1990 only 16% of 8th graders enrolled in Algebra I in 2011 47% of 8th graders reported taking Algebra i Here are the facts on performance for the states that had the sharp increase versus those that did not: ...

Need Some STEM Inspiration?

Here at NMSI, we believe in results, so we understand that you want to see results! Experts estimate that our country will need 280,000 more math and science teachers by 2020. So what do we do? Our UTeach program produces teachers who are confident and competent in their subject matter. In fact, 88% of UTeach graduates go on to teach in Math and Science classrooms. UTeach will be able to produce more than 17,849 math and science teachers by 2022, providing a significant share of the national goal. The ...

Presidential Award in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring Open for Nominations

At NMSI, we know firsthand the powerful impact that mentoring and training can have on both students and instructors in STEM education. It is important to continue the efforts to increase success in math and science across all demographics. Of course, that would not be possible without the energies of many passionate supporters across the U.S. NMSI would like to encourage you to nominate an individual or organization for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). PAESMEM was established by the White House in 1995 ...

Attention NMSI Teachers!

It is time for nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) which is the nation's highest honor for a STEM teacher. We may be a tad biased here at NMSI but we KNOW that our teachers are the absolute best!  NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO BE SHY!   If you know one of our great teachers of math and science PLEASE nominate them or, if you are one of our great teachers, please nominate yourself at the PAEMST website: https://www.paemst.org  There are not many teachers ...

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