Which Way is Right? Problem-Solving in Mathematics

Posted by Richard Kingham on May 24, 2021

The Mona Lisa is surprisingly, almost shockingly, small. Yet its far-reaching influence has made it synonymous with greatness. “Well, that painting is good, but I mean, it’s not the Mona Lisa,” the armchair art critic will opine. Upon seeing it for the first time in real life, some observers remark with puzzlement and a hint of disappointment: “That’s it? Huh.” 

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Topics: mathematical reasoning, math, real world connection

Introducing Students to the Future of Coding

Posted by John Vogel on October 12, 2020

The world as we know it is changing every day. With emerging technology shifting more and more toward the digital sphere, required life skills are constantly evolving. Some say the jobs of tomorrow have not yet been discovered, and research shows that 80 percent of all future jobs will require a certain degree of STEM literacy.

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Topics: summer break activities, real world connection, coding, STEM careers

Bridging the Opportunity Gap in STEM Education

Posted by John Vogel on September 08, 2020

With new innovations emerging daily, technology seems to be evolving at the speed of light, and increasingly jobs require that we keep up with those changes. Research already shows that 80 percent of future jobs will require technology skills and STEM literacy.

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Topics: summer break activities, real world connection, equity, coding, STEM careers

What We Believe: The Pedagogical Philosophies that STEMscopes Math was Built On | Part 1

Posted by Richard Kingham on June 29, 2020

When the STEMscopes math team came together to design our curriculum, we set out to solve a problem that has always haunted math teachers: knowledge transfer. Every teacher has seen students ace a worksheet and then freeze when they see a non-routine problem or a routine problem in a new context. The sad truth is that many students enter adulthood incapable of applying their math skills in daily life. It’s these students we hoped to reach with our curriculum elements.

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Topics: math, real world connection, Conceptual Understanding, number sense, CRA approach