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Want to Get Kids Excited About STEM? Let Them Build Robots

Getting more students to pursue studies—and careers—in science, technology, engineering, and math is possible when you step outside the textbook.


Getting more students to pursue studies—and careers—in science, technology, engineering, and math is important for the economic success of our country and of the world. But catalyzing that interest requires more than drilling kids on facts in a textbook. I work as an engineer, but I also work as a FIRST LEGO League volunteer, and I’ve seen first hand the impact building LEGO robots through our program has on kids.

FLL is one of four programs offered by the national organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)—which was created by famous inventor Dean Kamen to inspire more talented American students to pursue careers in science and technology. It aims to increase the number of STEM professionals with the skills required to solve real world problems.

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After-school 2.0: How Technology Can Create a Learning Community

Technology can help students get to know each other and their communities.


We all understand the paradox of technology: energy waster versus knowledge accelerator. My son will start kindergarten next year so I pay close attention to how parents of younger children approach technology. While my wife could immerse him in visual arts and literature, and I could coach him on game mechanics and the best slice of pizza in New York City, we quite sensibly ruled out homeschooling. So, we are embarking on the painstaking process of choosing the best school for him.

We unearthed arcane but insightful forums from the underbelly of the parent-verse online. But mostly, we speak to other parents and passionate school representatives. Due diligence is largely trumped by word-of-mouth and intuition about which school fits your child.

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Jon Stewart Has Some Real Talk About Education With the 'Brooklyn Castle' Crew

Yes, the NYC Department of Education wanted to ax funding for I.S. 318's championship chess program.

Would a school district really defund the chess program that's produced more champions than any other school in the nation? That's part of the story of Brooklyn Castle, the heartwarming documentary which details the highly successful chess program at Brooklyn's Intermediate School 318. On Thursday night, director Katie Dellamaggiore and student chess champion Pobo Efekoro visited the Daily Show to talk about the documentary. Sure, they talked chess, but they also engaged in some real talk about education budget cuts, how standardized testing has taken over schooling, and the incessant demonization of teachers by education reformers.

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Getting Kids off the Streets and into the Ring

Tom Yankello wanted to expand his Ambridge, Pennsylvania, boxing gym to include a youth program to offer a positive outlet in a rough neighborhood.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR8fja0DC3ATom Yankello wanted to expand his Ambridge, Pennsylvania, boxing gym to include a youth program to offer a positive outlet in a rough neighborhood. With a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant, Tom will be able to buy a whole lot of new gloves and punching bags to get kids in the ring and off the street corners.

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