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Movie Review: A Physics Teacher's Take on 'The Theory of Everything'

As the 87th Academy Awards approach, we asked NMSI’s science coordinator, Randy Baskin, to share his thoughts on Best Picture nominee, “The Theory of Everything,” a biopic about theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. As a physics teacher, I was curious about the film “The Theory of Everything,” wondering how Hollywood would summarize both the extraordinary physics and the compelling life story of Stephen Hawking and family. Hawking, who lent his computerized voice to the movie has called it, “broadly true.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but surely a movie that ...

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 ...

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 ...

Foreboding Fog and Slippery Slime: When Science Meets Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to create some fun in the classroom! We believe creating an engaged classroom is essential for student success, so we contacted our STEM subject matter expert, Jonathan Edquid, to share some exciting activities that students of all ages will not only think are fun, but they’ll learn something important about science as well. Creating Slime. Kids love to get dirty and play with their hands, so what better activity is there than creating slime they can ...

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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