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The Power of Partnerships in STEM

Last week, several members of the NMSI team joined educators, policymakers, journalists and nonprofit leaders to discuss the future of STEM education and industry at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in San Diego.  During a session called "The Power of Partnerships: Supporting Student Achievement in STEM", NMSI Interim CEO Matthew Randazzo joined a panel of experts including Camylle Coley, senior advisor to the director for the Department of Basic Research Office (ByteCubed LLC) and Sarah Moynes, an AP® Biology teacher at San Diego's Serra High School.  The speakers highlighted how the ...

Supporting the Mission at Home

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month based on the simple idea that our citizens should have the opportunity to publicly recognize the sacrifices and successes of American service members, past and present. Supporting military families by providing their children with the best possible educational opportunities is an important part of our mission at NMSI. During the month, we’ll be highlighting perspectives of educators, active and retired service members and members of military families on the intersection of military life and STEM education. Today we hear from Marcus ...

Partner School in Alabama Makes it to Samsung Contest Finals

Students at Alabama’s Lawrence County High School, an A+ College Ready school, are taking steps to protect their community against chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever and joint pain lasting from a few days to months. For years, experts have warned that global travel and climate warming could create the right conditions for the virus to spread to the Americas from countries in Asia and Africa. BeLinda Cross, a chemistry and environmental science teacher at Lawrence County High School, learned about chikungunya at an event hosted by ...

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 ...

CELEBRATING ENGINEERS WEEK, PART 4: A Q&A WITH ANGELA DIAZ

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Angela Diaz, Mobility and Video Operations Manager for Northrop Grumman Enterprise Shared Services. The following has been edited and condensed for clarity. What does a typical work day look like for you? A typical day involves working with customers to further define the issues they are encountering ...

CELEBRATING ENGINEERS WEEK, PART 3: A Q&A WITH ZOE BARINAGA

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Zoe Barinaga, Global Polypropylene Marketing Manager with ExxonMobil Chemical Company. The following has been edited and condensed for clarity. How did you get started on the path to being an engineer? Growing up, there weren’t a whole lot of engineers in my family, but my mom ...

CELEBRATING ENGINEERS WEEK, PART 2: A Q&A WITH CECELIA SMITH

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Cecelia Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Mixed Signal Automotive Business Unit at Texas Instruments.   The following has been edited and condensed for clarity. Tell us about your path to becoming an engineer. Growing up, I had a passion for science, but ...

Celebrating Engineers Week, Part 1: A Q&A with Katrina Rothrock

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Katrina Rothrock, a UKanTeach Master Teacher at the University of Kansas who started her career as an architectural engineer.   The following has been edited and condensed for clarity.   What inspired your early career path as an engineer? I have always loved math, building things, and doing ...

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 ...

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