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Students Learn the (Computer) Science of PB&J Sandwiches

Briana Guevara walked into her AP Computer Science classroom with a cart in tow, on the cart she had all the makings for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’re not for her lunch, but rather to teach a lesson about coding. Because the first thing everyone thinks about in Computer Science is PB&J sandwiches. “I ask the students to write me a very specific set of instructions on how to make the sandwich,” Guevara explained. “As I read through the instructions, I make it exactly as they tell me ...

NMSI CEO: A Code for Success

This is a guest post by Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO.  There is a common thread between the designers of the Apple watch, aerospace engineers and financial analysts. That thread is computer science. Computer science has driven innovation in every field and is powering approaches to many of our world’s toughest challenges. Whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, we know their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how programming and technology work. Yet across the country, too few students and even fewer girls and traditionally underrepresented minority ...

Next Generation Will Journey to Mars

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” -- John F. Kennedy, Sept. 12, 1962 In 1962 President John F. Kennedy declared that ...

Expert Panel: More Programs Like NMSI’s Needed

This is a guest post by Teri Yago-Ryan, NMSI’s director of state & federal programs. A STEM-educated workforce is a necessary foundation for maintaining a technological advantage for national security, said Mary Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Defense, during an economic development policy discussion on Nov. 16.  “It’s incumbent upon us to maintain a strong STEM pipeline workforce,” she said, noting that the DOD employs 46 percent of the engineers in the federal government.  Miller’s remarks came during a NMSI-sponsored panel discussion ...

Celebrating Military Families

In November, the nation takes time to celebrate and honor all of those who have served in our armed forces and their families during Military Families Month. Throughout the month, military families who serve our nation all around the world are recognized for their commitment and the sacrifices they make for our nation’s security. NMSI is proudly working to ensure consistent, quality education for the children of our nation’s military members with partners who are committed to championing opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. Our College Readiness ...

PENNSYLVANIA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM EXPANSION OF CRP WITH $26 MILLION GRANT FROM EXXONMOBIL

Program Improving Student Preparedness Will Expand to Approximately 40 Schools and 60,000 Students  Today, the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced a major expansion of its College Readiness Program in western Pennsylvania schools  with an investment of $26 million from ExxonMobil, made on behalf of its XTO Energy Inc. subsidiary. The three-year program 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 approximately 40 schools across the region over ...

All access pass to success

The 2016-17 school year has officially begun. Teachers and students from coast to coast have returned to the classroom, and are now diligently working towards succeeding in advanced coursework with support from NMSI’s College Readiness Program. This summer, Kim Leary, NMSI’s senior advisor to the CEO, joined NMSI staff at trainings in St. Louis, MO, and Houston, TX. While there, she spoke with teachers and students, gathering feedback about the work NMSI is doing in their schools and the difference NMSI programs make as students dream of their futures. ...

Spotlight on English: Banned Books and the Freedom to Read

This week (September 26 – 30) is Banned Books Week – an annual event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA) to celebrate the freedom to seek and to express ideas through books - even those sometimes considered unorthodox or unpopular. To join the celebration, NMSI’s English team has pulled together a list of their favorite banned and challenged books to add to your reading list. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler was published in 1940 and is a critique of Stalin's police state. “It is one of my ...

Championing literacy for all

This is a guest post by Aubrey Ludwig, NMSI’s English director.   Last week marked the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. This day celebrates the opportunities that come from being able to read and reminds us that improving literacy education does more than just teach people to decipher text on a page. Reading is a necessity that helps us navigate our personal and professional lives. As such, we can easily forget how elemental the act of reading is to even the simplest daily tasks and chores, from grocery shopping to ...

Teachers’ Words of Wisdom: How to make it a great year in your AP classroom

The NMSI network is growing! This fall approximately 185 new schools will benefit from NMSI’s College Readiness Program (CRP), expanding NMSI’s network to over 1,000 partner schools across 34 states. As we head back to the classroom, NMSI staff and teachers took a moment to share their favorite back to school advice for Advanced Placement® (AP®) teachers, especially for those who may be leading an AP class for the first time. Leesville, LA, High School Principal Tamela Phillips, a NMSI CRP for Military Families school serving Fort Polk, echoed NMSI’s ...

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