Mercy Academy 1st all-girls accredited STEM school

Mercy Academy 1st all-girls accredited STEM school From LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Mercy Academy is the nation's first all-girls school to become an accredited STEM school. Mercy is working to get more women into the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The program has always been a part of the school, but now, a formalized STEM-focused curriculum teaches not only the basic courses, but expands to fields like Read more

Georgia Pacific's Education in Nature Program

Georgia Pacific's Education in Nature Program From the Georgia Pacific Foundation website: We believe protecting the environment starts with everyday choices. Sustainability is part of what we do every day. It’s using resources efficiently to make products that improve people’s lives, working with outside organizations to develop the scientific expertise needed to sustain our natural resources and bringing stakeholders together to develop solutions to protect our world’s Read more

Enter the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest

Enter the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest It's not too late to enter the 2016 EngineerGirl Essay Contest. Entries are due February 1st. The Challenge: Responsible Engineering Engineers often make challenging decisions that can sometimes affect thousands of people. To help them to make good decisions, many engineering organizations have created guidelines for professional behavior or "codes of ethics". Most engineering codes of ethics state that engineers must consider the Read more

Lexington doctor uses origami to teach kids about heart health

Lexington doctor uses origami to teach kids about heart health From the Herald-Leader: A Lexington doctor stands before 50 restless second-graders who have been herded into Maxwell Elementary School’s cafeteria. Her mission is to keep their attention for an hour and teach them the importance of exercising, eating right and not smoking. It would seem a daunting task, even for a veteran teacher. But Dr. Sylvia Cerel-Suhl has a secret weapon: Read more

Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto

Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto From AAAS Science: The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15,000 years. During the solar system’s infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they say, the giant planet was knocked out of the planet-forming region near the sun. Slowed down by Read more


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When we think of helping young children become innovators, we often imagine them exploring, investigating, and creating. We envision them designing buildings, exploring bubbling science experiments, or writing the next great novel. We know our little learners are full of BIG ideas, but we also know they cannot do it alone.

As educators and parents, how do we help our children become the next great innovator? The truth is the foundation for great thinking starts long before a child steps foot inside a school. The first years of a child’s life are a magical time full of curiosity and wonder. It can be a daunting task for parents and teachers to think about how to harness all of that wonder and turn it into an opportunity for learning. These videos contain practical strategies for helping little learners become innovative thinkers.

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