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Women in STEM – why aren’t we making progress?

When kids see STEM skills as tools they can use to change the world, we're both empowering them to create positive change in their communities, and putting them in the drivers seat of the future. This is how we shift the numbers. This is how we get real diversity into STEM. And, incidentally, how we create critical, creative thinkers who can solve real problems.

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Can we actually read graphs?

In December last year a journalist posted this graph to Twitter, with the caption: "This is what happens to your weight when you stop drinking.. (app on my phone tracks weight among other things via digital scales) Weight is the heavy blue line." This is what happens to your weight when you stop drinking -… Continue reading Can we actually read graphs?

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Walking and Chewing Gum: Modern STEM Education

The current debate between mastery and inquiry based learning misses the most important point: motivation. Working with teachers at all levels, I’ve found that kids who think that STEM is boring, irrelevant, and hard, suddenly engage with those same skills when it’s in the context of something real. Solving an authentic problem means the motivation is built in.