What's all the buzz about S.T.E.M. (or S.T.E.A.M.)?
see it in action... learning in the real world in real time... applied
Science ~ Technology ~ Engineering ~ Art ~ Math
For the past five years I've been doing quite a lot of learning in action...
Here you'll find links to innovative programs in schools and communities, good reads, good ideas and great people I've been finding along the way. Created as a place to toss what I discover, it is here to spark conversations... check it out, let me know what you think, and share your own inspiration!
New learning added daily! Visit often :)
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Aprovecho is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to living, learning, organizing, and educating, to inspire a sustainable culture. Aprovecho specializes in hands-on, experiential education programs for youth and adults.
1: Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
2: Studying music primes the brain to comprehend speech in a noisy background. *Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
3: Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness and allows it to decipher between tone and pitch.
4: Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
5: In the past, secondary students who participate in a musical group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
6: Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 72.9 percent graduation and 84.9 percent attendance.
7: Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students who participate in high-quality music programs score 22 percent better on English and 20 percent better on Math standardized exams.
8: Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to high earnings.
9: A study from Columbia University revealed that students who study arts are more cooperative with their teachers and peers, have higher levels of self-confidence, and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.
10: Elementary age children who are involved in music lessons show greater brain development and memory improvement within a year than children who receive no musical training.
11: Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.
Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth. If we want more young people to choose a profession in one of the group of crucial fields known as STEM, we ought to start cultivating these interests and skills early.
Last year we published a list of 14 high schools worth visiting. We’ve visited and profiled some great new schools this year so it was time to update our list. Following are 35 schools that personalize and blend learning; they challenge students with real work and ask them to show what they know. Time to hit the road!
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