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Archive for May 2014

Exciting News from S.M.A.R.T. Adventures

Last week, we ran a promotion in honor of Sally Ride’s birthday. Mission Math:  Sabotage at the Space Station was free for 2 days on iTunes. The promotion was a huge success! Mission Math had over 60,000 downloads in 79 countries! According to AppAnnie, on Friday May 23rd, the game was ranked #1 in the…

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For Aspiring Female Engineers, A Square Meal of Code

Michelle Nguyen and Susan Tham persevered and are on their way to achieving their dream of being software engineers with the help of payment company Square’s High School code camp, a 9 month long program that taught students from San Francisco area high schools how to program in Java and gave them the opportunity to…

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Sally Ride: Trailblazer and Inspiration

Sally Ride was not only the first American woman in space, she remains to this day the youngest American astronaut to have been in space. She was an astronaut and a physicist, having earned her Phd at Stanford. After her career at NASA, she worked at Stanford and at the University of California at San…

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Scientists Discover First New Polymers in 20 Years

Scientists recently discovered 2 new polymers, one rigid and one gel-like. They are codenamed Titan and Hydro and both came from the same reaction. IBM researcher Jeannette M. Garcia, along with several other researchers and scientists worked for over a year on this project. Polymers have been created by humans for almost 100 years, most…

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Research finds disparity between kindergarten math curriculum and knowledge

Amy Claessens, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, recently published a paper that shows that many kindergarten teachers are instructing students math concepts that the children already learned before entering kindergarten, and that this discrepancy is having a negative impact on the students test scores. In a previous…

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Teachers fly into stratosphere in name of science

Teachers Lynne Zielinski  and Marcella Linahan, were  recently passengers and participants  on  two flights of SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a NASA jet equipped with an infrared telescope.   NASA has selected 54 teachers nationwide to participate in these flights, taken place since 2010. The aircraft has the ability to see certain infrared wavelengths,…

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Science student makes absorbent bandage using hagfish slime

Oak Park and River Forest High School IL, senior Grace Niewijk  has developed an absorbent antimicrobial bandage from the slime of hagfish as part of a science project.  Ms. Niewijk learned about the hagfish watching an Animal Planet TV show. Hagfish produce a large amount of slime, which is very absorbent and have silk threads,…

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Hand gestures help children learn math

New research from the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology found that using hand gestures while solving math problems, leads to more in-depth understanding of how to solve math problems and the ability to generalize knowledge learned during instruction. Researchers randomly assigned 90 children, using  different types of interaction, such as putting magnetic number tiles…

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