Math games for girls!

Posts by S.M.A.R.T.

New Documentary Follows Big Dream of Girls in Tech

The lack of women in the technology sector has been a much talked about topic in the news recently, with large tech firms such as Facebook and Google releasing their demographic statistics, which show a low number of women and minorities represented in their firms. A new documentary “Big Dream”  follows 7 women in the…

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Sharks Act Like Math Geniuses

Sharks and other marine animals are found to use a mathematical principle called Lévy flight, to locate their prey. Lévy flight, named after French mathematician Paul Lévy, is a random walk comprising groups of short steps with longer movements between them. Andy Reynolds of Rothamsted Research, studied how sharks perform Lévy flights.  He investigated whether…

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How “cool” Would it be if More Kids Were Psyched About STEM?

STEM often has a misconception of being only for the smartest and geekiest kids in class. Actress Mayim Bialik, is a science geek, with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA who embraces her geekiness. As a child, she enjoyed spending hours with her graphing calculator trying to gain a better understanding of math and science…

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The Best Language for Math

English is not the best language for learning math. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish all use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly. For example, Chinese has only 9 number names, while English has more than 24 unique number names. Place value is more clearly expressed  in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The number…

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Expert Tips on Getting Girls Into STEM

Since 1990, the percentage of women working in STEM related fields has declined. Studies show, while there are no gender differences in STEM abilities, there are gender differences in in interest and confidence in STEM subjects at an early age. This matters, as if they do not think they are capable in STEM, they will…

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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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