Archive for October 2008


A call for fundamental transformation in K-12 learning

October 31st, 2008 — 4:55am

The pursuit of scientific understanding, application of engineering solutions, and continued technological innovation is often credited for the advancement of the world’s economies.

Most people don’t care about technological or engineering innovation by itself. Rather, we care about whether it makes our lives easier or not. Behind the obvious products of innovations that enhance our quality of life is a complex and extensive enterprise that is mostly concealed from public view. This enterprise comprises a rigorously developed work force, a well-funded national infrastructure and significant investments in basic and applied research. Continue reading »

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Middle school students develop bright ideas about sustainable energy through ASU STEM education initiative

October 1st, 2008 — 4:30am
Tatyana Emamali, Kosiba Oshodi-Glover and Renzo Callejas meticulously lined the inside of a cardboard pizza box with black construction paper as they chatted excitedly about testing out their creation. The Mesa middle school students fashioned a reflective aluminum foil panel to the box top and wondered aloud if the solar ovens they were building really could melt the cheese on nachos.

“Basically, we’re trying to cook food by using the sun,” said Oshodi-Glover, an eighth grader at Powell Junior High School. She explained how the sun had to reflect off the foil and through a covering of plastic wrap to the heat Continue reading »

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