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Archive for August 2014

Modern Research Borne on a relic – Airships That Carry Science Into the Stratosphere

Engineers and scientists are designing sleek new airships, with the capability to fly through the stratosphere, over 65,000 feet over the ground, more than twice the capability of jetliners. These ships could potentially be equipped with telescopes to look far into space or to gather coastal oceanic information. “Stratospheric airships could give us spacelike conditions…

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Kid’s Brains Reorganize When Learning Math Skills

Scientists have put brain scanners on children to help learn how the brain reorganizes itself when kids learn math. At some point, kids stop counting on their fingers and just know the answer. Around the ages of 8-9, kids make the switch from fact retrieval to memory based problem solving and how well they are…

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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

Researchers have recently begun to examine the benefits of video games in learning. They have found four skill sets in which video games have had a positive impact: cognitive, motivational, emotional and social. Cognitive benefits include increased ability to focus, pay attention and react. Motivational benefits include encouraging an incremental theory of intelligence. Emotional benefits…

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Computer Science in K-12 Classrooms Needs to Catch Up

Only 10 percent of K-12 classrooms in the US have computer science programs. It is estimated that in the next 10 years, there will be 1 million more computer science jobs available than there are qualified applicants. Traditional topics such as math and english are considered building blocks for other subjects and receive much of…

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“Sharkfinder” Brings Science Excitement to Classrooms

Jason Osborne, a mechanical engineer and Aaron Alford, a public health researcher co-founded a citizen science group, Paleo Quest, which includes the program “Sharkfinder” as a way to bring field research into the classroom. The scientists break up field samples, put them through a sifter, then bring what remains to the classroom. Students then look…

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Beyond Workbooks: 10 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain Drain

Studies have shown that students lose between 1 to 3 months of learning over the summer, with math skills taking the biggest hit. Kids need downtime, but there are several fun ways to engage your kids over the summer to help minimize summer brain drain. Just talking to your kids, telling them stories and listening…

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