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Vivien Stewart speaks at the Fostering STEM Trajectories forum at New America on June 1, 2016. Photo: New America

Teaching STEM to Young Children: An International Perspective

by Vivien Stewart
June 23, 2016

On May 31-June 1, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America co-hosted Fostering STEM Trajectories: at a two-day event in Washington, DC. Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education and former Vice President of Asia Society, delivered these remarks on how an international perspective on STEM education for young children may … 







Students at William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, NJ, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Photo/Stuart Ramson for Microsoft)

Developing a Curriculum in Game Design and Development

by Steve Isaacs
June 21, 2016

Steve Isaacs teaches video game design and development to middle school students in New Jersey, and has been recognized as an ISTE Outstanding Teacher this year. Here he shares his experience in developing a curriculum in game design at his school, and offers tips for educators interested in doing so … 







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So You Want to Make a Video Game?

by Joey Glatt
June 16, 2016

As a member of the Support Team for the National STEM Video Game Challenge, I often receive many emails from students looking for guidance, such as a recent request from Yoel in Dallas who was looking for tips for young game designers thinking about entering a game for the 2016 … 







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Fostering STEM Trajectories: A Plan of Action

by Elisabeth McClure
June 13, 2016

Picture this: You enter a preschool classroom and hear the splashes and giggles of children around a water table. You approach an elementary school and see a small group of children on a guided nature walk, investigating the blossoms on a flowering tree, while another group is measuring the dimensions … 







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Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy

by Administrator
June 13, 2016

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Enter to Win a Copy of Tap, Click, Read

by Administrator
June 13, 2016

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Jossey-Bass for a Goodreads giveaway! Enter now for a chance to win a copy of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine now through July 8, 2016. Learn more about the book at … 







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The STEM Challenge at Remake Learning Days

by Heather Mallak
June 9, 2016

The synergy in Pittsburgh that extends across three rivers, regional institutions, learning spaces, and communities in support of local youth was in the spotlight during May 9-15, 2016. Remake Learning Days was a bold vision to bolster over 300 events that took place throughout Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia with … 







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Catching Up with Inaugural STEM Challenge Winner Derek Lomas

by Katy Svehaug
June 2, 2016

When Derek Lomas learned that 50% of 8th grade students in the United States can’t put a series of fractions in order from least to greatest—a skill that’s generally taught to students in 4th and 5th grade—he knew that something needed to be done. “Fractions are often the mathematical sticking … 







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The Aprendiendo Juntos Council Welcomes New Voices

by Briana Pressey
June 1, 2016

On May 10, the fourth annual meeting of the Aprendiendo Juntos Council took place at Northwestern University. The Aprendiendo Juntos Council brings together researchers, practitioners, media producers, and educators in an effort to form a united coalition to advance learning in Hispanic and Latino families. Returning participants were excited to … 







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Q&A with Nancy Drew Developer Her Interactive

by Katy Svehaug
May 19, 2016

Since releasing their first Nancy Drew adventure game, Secrets Can Kill, back in 1998, Her Interactive has inspired thousands to pick up a virtual magnifying glass and take on the role of amateur detective—including 2015 STEM Challenge winner Olivia Thomas. Based out of Bellevue, Washington, the Her Interactive team has …