California’s Super Bowl classroom: Inside Levi’s Stadium, a first-of-its-kind STEM education
The physics of a perfectly thrown NFL spiral. The sustainable engineering of an NFL stadium. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities inside San Francisco’s new Levi’s Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50 this weekend, are beyond ripe. And the 49ers have picked the fruit at the tune of 60,000 local students a...
By Tim Newcomb | February 3, 2016
‘Power Challenge’ helping LA Unified conserve energy
A new district-wide energy saving competition and curriculum in LA Unified schools are attempting to help the district save on its utility bill, while promoting STEM education at a time when California students are lagging in science and mathematics. In the POWER Challenge (Preserving Our Water and Energy Resources), district schools are competing to reduce...
By Chase Niesner | December 19, 2013
State Tries a ‘STEM’ Video to Confront Lagging Math Scores
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tquPmplrofk&noredirect=1 While some education researchers may question the validity of the nation’s “STEM crisis,” it remains clear that California students continue to struggle in mathematics when compared with their peers across the nation. According to the recently released Report Card from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), California fourth and eighth graders ranked 47th...
By Chase Niesner | November 25, 2013
Crenshaw Digital Team Brings its ‘Game’ to the White House
While the higher-ups in LA Unified debate budgets and iPads, students from the Crenshaw Digital Media and Gaming Team visited the White House last month to brief President Obama’s top technology officials on their work designing socially- conscious computer games. The team, which is sponsored by the grassroots education nonprofit Mother of Many, raised nearly...
By Chase Niesner | October 21, 2013
California Adopts New ‘Next Gen’ Science Standards
The State Board of Education yesterday approved a new set of science standards, dubbed the Next Generation Science Standards, which emphasize “a deeper focus on understanding the cross-cutting concepts” of scientific disciplines, according to a press release by the California Department of education. The standards were developed in a collaboration with a number of states over the last 18...
By Hillel Aron | September 5, 2013
Morning Read: Get Out The Vote
Gov. Brown Urges UCLA Students to Support Prop. 30 Gov. Jerry Brown brought his campaign for the Proposition 30 tax measure to UCLA on Tuesday, urging students at a rally there to vote for it or risk facing a substantial tuition increase. LA Times LAUSD Urges Students, Community Members to Vote Like public school educators...
By Hillel Aron | October 17, 2012