In this article from CNN World, authors Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell offer insightful rebuttals to claims that America is not investing enough money into research and development and that American students are falling behind the rest of the world in science. The good news: things aren’t as bad as they seem. The bad news: the U.S. still has to improve.
“Science of the Summer Olympics,” the fourth and latest installment in the “Science of Sports” franchise, explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games. What are the unique biomechanics that help make sprinter Usain Bolt the world’s fastest human? What does weightlifter Sarah Robles have in common with a high-tech robot?
Sally Ride – the first American woman to fly in space – died on July 23 at the age of 61, leaving behind a legacy of inspiration. The day after Dr. Ride’s shuttled launched into space, Gloria Steinem, editor of Ms. magazine at the time, said, “Millions of little girls are going to sit by their television sets and see they can be astronauts, heroes, explorers and scientists.”
This video from edutopia shows what happens when long-term projects form the backbone of the curriculum at Seattle’s Aviation High School.
Information Space has an encouraging post that highlights “11 Celebrities, Non-Profits, Libraries and Businesses Making a Difference” when it comes to STEM education. This is exactly the kind of forward momentum America needs to gain prominence in the STEM fields.
This article from MediaShift author Aran Levasseur dispels the notion that teaching innovation in school is simply “buy iPads and add water.” He argues: “Innovation can’t be installed. It has to be grown — and generally from the margins.”
An article from NBC News claims that despite higher levels of mathematics anxiety, girls perform the same as their male counterparts in math. Scientists are unsure why girls experience higher levels of anxiety but they have several theories.
This article from U.S. News features an interview with Alicia Abella of AT&T labs in which Abella discusses “the challenges surrounding inclusivity in STEM fields, and how the effort to get more women involved may take a multifaceted approach in order to be successful.” Read the article here.
From the Christian Science Monitor: You may have an opinion on climate change, evolution education, stem-cell research, and science funding. But do you have the facts to back up your opinion? This quiz will test your basic scientific literacy.