National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Seven Schools, Eight APs, Infinite Possibilities

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 are 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 share the story of ...

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 ...

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 ...

PISA Results Show U.S. Education Needs More Work

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported this week that American students continue to lag behind in international rankings based on performance on an international assessment. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an initiative driven by the OECD to measure 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving.  2009 was the last time this assessment was administered, and those hoping the U.S. would fare better were met with a grim picture. This year’s results ...

How does the government shutdown impact our students?

The government has been officially shut down for two weeks, and while everyone is worried about the long and short-term impact on our daily lives, NMSI is particularly concerned about the impact the shutdown has on education.  Specifically, we are concerned about how the shutdown affects, and will continue to affect, our teachers and students.  You might be shocked to know that more than 90% of the Department of Education’s staff members were deemed “non-essential.”  In other words, out of the DOE’s 4,225 employees, only 212 are now working. With ...

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