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Students find inspiration in stories from “Hidden Figures,” math and science professionals

More than 300 St. Louis Public School sophomores spoke with leaders from The Boeing Co., Pfizer, Inc. and Monsanto Co. about college and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields after watching a special screening of the critically acclaimed, box office hit “Hidden Figures.” “We all need role models who show us that we can succeed in any field that sparks our passion and imagination,” said SLPS Superintendent Kelvin R. Adams, Ph.D. “It’s especially important to see women and people of color in math and science fields because ...

Telling the stories of black STEM pioneers

 Throughout the month NMSI has told the stories of black pioneers in math and science fields who continue to pave the way for future generations of STEM professionals. These groundbreaking individuals have done everything from sending a man into space to dedicating their lives to encouraging other black students to follow in their paths. Below, we tell the stories of just a few individuals to celebrate this month and beyond.  Bernard Harris, a NMSI board member, became the first African-American to walk in space in 1995. During his spacewalk, Harris ...

Hundreds of St. Louis Students will touch the stars at ‘Hidden Figures’ screening

More than 300 high school sophomores who attend St. Louis Public Schools will join the National Math and Science Initiative and local industry leaders on Thursday, Feb. 23, for a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Hidden Figures” and a discussion about college and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Representatives from Boeing, Pfizer and Monsanto will be among the industry leaders sharing their experiences and answering questions from the students. The students are sophomores at Soldan International Studies High School, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, and ...

Celebrate the Silent Heroes of Black History Month

Crystal Ward is a former principal from Kansas City, Mo. She now works with 10 urban and rural school districts in eight states to expand NMSI’s proven College Readiness Program. My parents instilled in me the importance of acknowledging and reflecting on black history all year long. Because of that, I grew up with a strong awareness of African Americans’ many contributions. This month-long celebration is an opportunity to challenge ourselves and others to reflect on how African Americans have helped shape our country and to learn from their experiences. ...

Celebrating influential women in STEM

Women have made great strides in the past 100 years. From winning the right to vote to becoming major political figures, women have left their mark across history. Despite these accomplishments, women are still falling behind in efforts to narrow the gap in STEM jobs according the US News/ Raytheon STEM Index. Women are earning more STEM degrees each year but are struggling to keep up with their male counterparts. As we look to the future and strive the close the gender gap, it is important to take a ...

Inspiring a future in STEM

On a typical Saturday you may find a high school student sleeping in or wandering the mall with their friends, but for some dedicated NMSI students, Saturdays throughout the school year mean something very different, Student Study Sessions. As a part of NMSI’s signature College Readiness Program (CRP), AP students are given the opportunity to attend study sessions where they receive study tools from top-notch AP experts from across the country. During a recent Student Study Session at San Pedro High School in Los Angeles Unified School District, NMSI ...

Report Identifies Shortage of Educational Opportunities for Military-Connected Students

NMSI is meeting the challenge High-quality educational programs that produce measurable student outcomes and are supported by rigorous and consistent content standards should be available to every military-connected student, National Math and Science Initiative representative Marcus Lingenfelter told a crowd gathered at the Washington, D.C. National Press Club on January 24. “This report provides a roadmap for how state and military leaders can help children of military families succeed. We must partner directly with installation commanders, school leaders and community stakeholders to better prepare military-connected students for the demands of ...

Battling Holiday Boredom

“I’m bored” The phrase every parent dreads hearing, especially during the Holiday break. Whether you’re snowed in, preparing for company or just simply looking for a unique way to spend time as a family, it can be challenging to find ways to stave off boredom during the hectic Holiday season. We compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to battle Holiday boredom – everything from favorite books to DIY experiments – in hopes that it will help you and your family enjoy the Holiday season in a new way. ...

Students Learn the (Computer) Science of PB&J Sandwiches

Briana Guevara walked into her AP Computer Science classroom with a cart in tow, on the cart she had all the makings for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’re not for her lunch, but rather to teach a lesson about coding. Because the first thing everyone thinks about in Computer Science is PB&J sandwiches. “I ask the students to write me a very specific set of instructions on how to make the sandwich,” Guevara explained. “As I read through the instructions, I make it exactly as they tell me ...

NMSI CEO: A Code for Success

This is a guest post by Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO.  There is a common thread between the designers of the Apple watch, aerospace engineers and financial analysts. That thread is computer science. Computer science has driven innovation in every field and is powering approaches to many of our world’s toughest challenges. Whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, we know their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how programming and technology work. Yet across the country, too few students and even fewer girls and traditionally underrepresented minority ...

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