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MIT Unveils Multiplayer Online STEM Game

Radix Endeavor screen shotCan MOOGs – massive multiplayer online games – help teach students to think like scientists and engineers? MIT researchers think so, and they have developed a game based on the Next Generation Science Standards and common core mathematics standards to teach high school biology, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics.

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2013 ExxonMobil Math & Science Scholarships

harris2The 2013 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors in urban districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools. Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris.

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Draft Science Standards Released

pourThe second – and final – draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released for public comment on January 8 for a three-week review period. Developed from the National Research Council’s Framework for K–12 Science Education, these cross-disciplinary new standards set “performance expectations” for students, and integrate engineering and design into the traditional core science subjects. The goal: Have students learn by doing science, not just observing or reading about it.

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Building Blocks: Back to Basics

building blocksTalk about old school. Building blocks, those indestructible wooden mainstays of elementary classrooms since the 1900s, are finding new favor as a way to boost student learning, particularly in math and science. In New York City, parents are creating castles and toppling towers at oversubscribed building-block workshops. Some charter schools advertise block corners along with chess programs and science labs.

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