Tuesday — April 23, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, a new NPR/Ipsos study finds most teachers aren’t teaching climate science despite 4 out of 5 parents wishing they did, the Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Ivana Seric, a standout basketball player at NJIT who is bringing her knowledge of the game, and data science, to help the Philadelphia 76ers, the Dayton Regional STEM School celebrates “10 Years of Innovation”, and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) unveils an open-world video game teaching kids STEM.

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Earth Day
Most Teachers Don’t Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did (Mind/Shift) 
More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school. And yet, as millions of students around the globe participate in Earth Day events on Monday, our poll also found a disconnect. Although most states have classroom standards that at least mention human-caused climate change, most teachers aren’t actually talking about climate change in their classrooms.


What’s New in EDU—Earth Day brings updates to your ecosystem of tech tools (Microsoft Education) 
We’re celebrating Earth Day with a suite of updates to your ecosystem of teaching tools, including a playful new set of Earth Day emoticons on Skype. OneNote, Teams, Minecraft Education Edition, Skype and Apple School Manager are all benefitting from added features and functionality this month. Check out the full roster of updates below and be sure to visit our Earth Day 2019 resource center for ideas, activity plans and access to virtual field trips your students won’t soon forget.

Inventing for One Planet (The Lemelson Foundation) 
As we commemorate Earth Day each year, we become more cognizant that the Earth itself is a constrained resource. Sustainability is one of the key issues of our time, but when it comes to inventing new products, we often don’t act that way. While invention has been harnessed to help solve some of our great environmental challenges, too often the tenets of environmental responsibility are absent from the invention process itself. Because inventors and engineers are often the ones who create the technologies and products of tomorrow, they are the linchpin to ensure that the things we build are ultimately compatible with the health of the planet. 

Sports and STEM

Data scientist Ivana Seric is making the Sixers better with her mad brains and her mad skills (Philadelphia Inquirer) 
Take a five-position Division I college player who started all four years. Give that player a PhD in computational fluid dynamics that makes her a whiz at computer programming and math. Make that player an expert in global basketball, then tap that player’s passion for working in the NBA. Do these things and you’ll produce Ivana Seric, the Sixers’ 6-foot-2, 30-year-old Croatian unicorn. She couldn’t believe her timing when the Sixers expanded their analytics department in 2017, the same time she finished the six-year PhD program at NJIT.


Chelsea Foundation bringing STEM and soccer science to life in New York  (Chelsea Football Club) 
Chelsea Foundation staff from our education and international departments have been in New York this month delivering free coaching and STEM-focused sessions. The trip was arranged to support online training provider EverFi, who deliver the Foundation’s Digital Blue STEM programme for schools throughout New York, and will work with 25 schools in Harlem and the surrounding area this year. 

K-12 Education

Dayton Regional STEM School: Celebrating a decade of innvoation (Dayton Daily News) 
The Dayton Regional STEM School is celebrating “10 Years of Innovation” during the 2018-19 school year. To celebrate this major milestone, the entire community is invited to join the school for several exciting events and projects, including a capital expansion, strategic planning, a 10-Year Celebration Gala and more. Founded in 2009, the Dayton Regional STEM School is a sixth- through 12th-grade public independent STEM school with a mission of preparing and inspiring the next generation of leaders and innovators.


Former NASA Astronaut To Visit With STEM Students In Tampa (Tampa Patch) 
Tampa Bay astronaut Nicole Stott, the first person to paint a work of art in space, will visit two Tampa schools on Tuesday to inspire students considering careers in science and technology. Stott will share stories of her time in space—and the important steps she took in her education to get there—during a presentation and visits with individual students at Stewart Middle Magnet School and Blake High School. 

Higher Education

New Bill Could Help More Vets Access STEM Education Benefits (Clearance Jobs) 
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) along with Syracuse University released a report late last year titled “Enhancing Veterans’ Access to STEM Education and Careers: A Labor Market Analysis of Veterans in the STEM Workforce,” which highlighted workforce opportunities in STEM for those transitioning from the military. The report, which was published under contract with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), highlighted that in the past decade jobs requiring some level of STEMexpertise have grown by 34%. More importantly many of these jobs today do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Tougaloo awarded $1.25M to recruit STEM students (WJTV) 
STEM students will have extra incentive to study at Tougaloo College. Congressman Bennie Thompson announced an award of $1,249, 996 from The National Science Foundation to Tougaloo. The monies will be used to recruit and retain STEM students. Programs funded by the award will include a summer bridge program and an interdisciplinary curriculum for entering freshmen. 


How an Open-World Video Game Teaches Kids STEM (EdSurge) 
Although playfulness is foundational to learning, most formal education settings do not engage students in playful experiences, especially across the sciences. That’s where the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), an interactive science learning center for students and families, comes in. At NYSCI we have pioneered Design-Make-Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement that draws upon deeper learning research and supports the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation and creativity skills. One of our newest resources, an open-world game anyone can play called The Pack, brings Design-Make-Play to the worlds of computational thinking and environmental problem-solving.

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