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Three Contests to Get Your Students Excited About STEM

Each year, more than 9 million students participate in science competitions big and small that challenge them to conduct research addressing some of science’s most pressing  questions, construct robots capable of performing complex tasks, and create software and hardware that address the everyday problems of people around the world. These competitions help reinforce students’ understanding of key science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts by linking what they learn in the classroom to real-world issues. They help students of all skill levels develop and test their ideas, think critically ...

CELEBRATING ENGINEERS WEEK, PART 4: A Q&A WITH ANGELA DIAZ

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Angela Diaz, Mobility and Video Operations Manager for Northrop Grumman Enterprise Shared Services. The following has been edited and condensed for clarity. What does a typical work day look like for you? A typical day involves working with customers to further define the issues they are encountering ...

CELEBRATING ENGINEERS WEEK, PART 3: A Q&A WITH ZOE BARINAGA

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Zoe Barinaga, Global Polypropylene Marketing Manager with ExxonMobil Chemical Company. The following has been edited and condensed for clarity. How did you get started on the path to being an engineer? Growing up, there weren’t a whole lot of engineers in my family, but my mom ...

CELEBRATING ENGINEERS WEEK, PART 2: A Q&A WITH CECELIA SMITH

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Cecelia Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Mixed Signal Automotive Business Unit at Texas Instruments.   The following has been edited and condensed for clarity. Tell us about your path to becoming an engineer. Growing up, I had a passion for science, but ...

Celebrating Engineers Week, Part 1: A Q&A with Katrina Rothrock

To celebrate Engineers Week 2015 and the many ways in which engineering touches our daily lives, we reached out to several exceptional women engineers to learn about their paths to engineering, their roles as mentors, and their advice for students aspiring to STEM careers. Today, we hear from Katrina Rothrock, a UKanTeach Master Teacher at the University of Kansas who started her career as an architectural engineer.   The following has been edited and condensed for clarity.   What inspired your early career path as an engineer? I have always loved math, building things, and doing ...

NMSI Partner High Schools Recognized by Georgia State School Superintendent for Outstanding AP Performance

NMSI is pleased to share that four Houston County, Georgia high schools partnering with our College Readiness Program were recognized earlier this week by Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. Richard Woods for outstanding student participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math Advanced Placement® courses.  Houston County High, Northside High, Veterans High, and Warner Robins High were named AP® STEM Achievement Schools for testing students in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and having at least 40 percent of tested students earn qualifying scores. “We ...

Movie Review: A Physics Teacher's Take on 'The Theory of Everything'

As the 87th Academy Awards approach, we asked NMSI’s science coordinator, Randy Baskin, to share his thoughts on Best Picture nominee, “The Theory of Everything,” a biopic about theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. As a physics teacher, I was curious about the film “The Theory of Everything,” wondering how Hollywood would summarize both the extraordinary physics and the compelling life story of Stephen Hawking and family. Hawking, who lent his computerized voice to the movie has called it, “broadly true.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but surely a movie that ...

Kentucky Study Shows Lasting Impact of NMSI's College Readiness Program

National Math and Science Initiative partner AdvanceKentucky continues to make great strides in improving student access to and achievement in rigorous Advanced Placement coursework through expansion of NMSI’s College Readiness Program into high schools across Kentucky. According to a recent longitudinal study conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, the program is also having positive impacts that extend beyond high school. The study compared AdvanceKentucky students from the 2012 high school graduating class with 2012 graduates not involved in the program and found that AdvanceKentucky students were better ...

NMSI CEO Appointed to University of Texas Board of Regents

We are pleased to share that this morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed NMSI CEO Sara Martinez Tucker as one of two new members to The University of Texas System Board of Regents. The Board of Regents is composed of nine members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Terms for Regents are scheduled for six years each. Tucker is one of two new appointments made by Abbott that will be effective February 1, 2015. “My time at NMSI has reinforced by long-held belief that all students are ...

Gifts from Bechtel Group Foundation to Support UTeach Alumni

Beginning in 2014, Bechtel Group Foundation—the giving arm of the Bechtel group of engineering and construction firms—has awarded gifts totaling $300,000 to support NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program, a collaborative partnership forged with the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin to grow the STEM teacher workforce in communities across the country. Beyond supporting the graduation of top-notch math and science teachers, NMSI is committed to increasing retention of UTeach graduates in the classroom, increasing student achievement in new teachers’ classrooms, and moving new teachers along the continuum from novice ...

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