Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Maryland Schools Enhance STEM Education With GIS Agreement

The State of Maryland has signed a statewide software license agreement to make geographic information system technology available for all K‑12 classrooms and formal after-school programs.

Google Gives 15,000 Raspberry Pi Computer Boards to UK Students

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has received a grant from Google Giving to provide students in the United Kingdom with 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model B computer boards for learning to program.

Playing To Learn

Imagine a school where the kids play iPad games to learn about genetics or take on the personas of ghosts to learn about the American Revolution. Those are the approaches to teaching going on at Quest to Learn, a public school in New York City that opened in 2009 expressly to explore how gaming can be integrated with curriculum and where educators work alongside curriculum specialists and game designers to develop instruction.

Interdisciplinary Exploration Is Key to the Future of Science Education

In his keynote address at FETC 2013 in Orlando Tuesday, science writer Matt Kaplan proclaimed, "There is no reason to limit science education to the expertise of the teacher in the classroom." With so much information at our fingertips, he said, we should be both willing and able to integrate multiple fields of study to enhance our students' experience of science.

Wowzers Showcases Mobile Game-Based Math Instruction Tool at FETC

Wowzers is highlighting the new mobile version of its game-based math instruction and new features and curriculum, released in September, at Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) 2013 this week.

StrataLogica Geography Reference Released as Free iPad App

Herff Jones/Nystrom has released a new geography reference tool for the Apple iPad. The new app, which debuted at the FETC 2013 conference taking place in Orlando, FL this week, is a free application that offers users a sampling of StrataLogica's interactive layers of geography, history, and earth science content for the K-12 classroom.

Rocket21 Partners with SEM Link To Connect Students with STEM Pros

Educational social network Rocket21 has partnered with non-profit SEM Link to connect students with experts from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

National Education Foundation Launches Adopt-a-School Grant Program

The National Education Foundation, in partnership with the State University of New York, has launched the Adopt-a-School Program, a grant initiative designed to bring science, technology, education, and math learning resources to disadvantaged schools.

Study: High School Tech Courses Correlate with Higher GPA and Better Attendance

Recent research on high school students in Florida found that those who took at least one technology course and a technical certification exam tended to have better attendance and a higher grade point average than those who didn't.

Vernier Debuts Expanded Gas Chromatograph for School Science Labs

Vernier has released the Mini GC Plus, a portable gas chromatograph designed for high school science labs, which expands upon the number of detectable compounds over the company’s original Mini GC. The device helps separate, analyze, and identify substances contained in a volatile liquid or gaseous sample.