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New football stadium leads the way for STEM industries

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. On February 7th, two national football franchises met to play professional sports’ largest event, Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California. While the week prior is filled with team coverage, player and coach interviews, and endless analysis of game-day strategy, few talked about the most remarkable aspect of all—the new stadium. This year’s Super Bowl was played in Levi’s Stadium, a newly built, multi-purpose venue that opened in 2014 as the football home of the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Snowblogalypse: The Science Behind Jonas

In January, Winter Storm Jonas slammed the East Coast, and now many locals are dealing with the aftermath of the storm. NMSI breaks down the lasting effects of the storm through the different states of water. When Winter Storm Jonas finally passed, some East Coast residents decided to make the most of the snow days by snowshoeing, building snowmen, and even snowboarding, but everyone had to manage the catastrophic aftermath. The reason Jonas occurred, why it was so bad and much of the damage that the storm left in its ...

Book Review: The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession, by Dana Goldstein, examines the history of the teaching profession in the United States and the role that education reform has played in challenging the expectations for classroom teachers.  We asked NMSI Vice President of Content Michelle Stie and AP English content specialist Aubrey Ludwig for their reactions. Why does Goldstein begin the book by acknowledging that teaching is a highly politicized profession that struggles with recruitment and training? Aubrey: Goldstein makes it clear that while teachers encounter much ...

NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program recognized by Business Roundtable Education Philanthropy Initiative

This is a guest post by Ronda Brandon, Vice President of Teacher Development & Academic Strategy, and Lindsay Wike, UTeach Expansion Program Manager.     During their CEO quarterly meeting this past December, Business Roundtable released a report showing the impact that business philanthropy can have when strategically focused on education reforms that are working. The report, Investing in Results: How Business Roundtable is Supporting Proven Education Reforms, recognized the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) UTeach Expansion Program as one of five programs recommended for the Education Philanthropy Initiative.   Business ...

Getting Elemental: Four Elements Added to the Periodic Table

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. The chart hanging on the wall in your old chemistry classroom showing the periodic table of elements is now in need of an update. In an unprecedented administrative move, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced at the end of 2015 that sufficient evidence exists to add four new elements – atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118 – to the official reference known as the periodic table. The search for new, unknown elements is an ...

National Math + Science Initiative Awarded $20 Million Department of Education Scale-Up Grant

DALLAS, TX (January 5, 2016)—The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has received a nearly $20 million Scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition. The grant will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP®) math, science and English exams, while expanding access to rigorous coursework to traditionally ...

NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM

NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM __________________   Program Improving Student Preparedness Expands to North Dakota   BISMARCK, ND (December 10, 2015)--The National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP) today announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. CRP empowers school communities to improve participation and success in rigorous coursework to better prepare students for college and the STEM-intensive careers of the 21st century. NMSI will partner with districts across the ...

Bring STEM Home for the Holidays

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower.   Forget computer games, superheroes or sci-fi action figures. The hot toys for kids this holiday season are educational. These aren’t the boring, stodgy educational toys of yesteryear. These are specifically STEM toys – that is, educational presents with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.  A national push is underway to encourage more students – especially underrepresented minorities and girls – to engage in STEM studies and careers. Toy manufacturers are seizing on the opportunity to inspire interest ...

National Math + Science Initiative Named A Highest-Rated Applicant In U.S. Department Of Education i3 Scale-Up Grant Competition

DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was recently named among the 13 highest-rated applicants for the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition, from more than 400 applications. A nearly $20 million Scale-up grant, contingent upon the organization raising an additional $1 million in matching funds from the private sector, will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking ...

Indiana Celebrates AP Success

The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), one of five state-wide initiatives that are currently replicating NMSI’s College Readiness Program, has reason to celebrate this fall. The program has yielded a third year of success stories including leaps in student enrollment in AP math, science and English courses and big gains in the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher (on a five-point scale), which qualifies them for college credit at many colleges and universities across the country.   “These strong gains are ...

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