STEM News

Uma Sethuraman is currently (2016) an 11th grade student at William P. Clements High School. In her 2016 Science Fair Project, Uma developed a new, innovative approach to the problem of school scheduling by creating a genetic algorithm to optimize school scheduling. For this project, Uma won the 1st place award for her category in both the...
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Temitope Oye won an award for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing in 2016. Temi has been interested in science, technology, and space since elementary school. She started looking further into her interest in computer science in 6th grade when she started learning HTML. Then she went beyond Computer Science into animation and attended a summer...
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We try to keep up with our previous years’ award winners, and we feature information here about what they’re doing now. We hope this will inspire more students in younger grades to continue to explore and create in STEM subjects. Temitope Oye Uma Sethuraman Jeffrey (Jaewoo) Heo Paige Moore Caitlin Lau Amanda Opp Vijay Moorthy...
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Most STEM teachers know the importance of letting students explore, but usually it’s the students who struggle with “exploration”. We have created a a post with ideas, activities, and experiments geared toward exploration, and here is one of those, which can be done with relatively little prep: Materials one container (small bowl) per group full...
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Most STEM teachers know the importance of letting students explore, but usually it’s the students who struggle with “exploration”. We have created a a post with ideas, activities, and experiments geared toward exploration, and here is one of those, which can be done with relatively little prep: Materials one container (small bowl) per group full...
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Though most STEM teachers know the importance of letting students explore, it’s usually the students who struggle with “exploration”. We are living in a world where students get immediate feedback whenever they make decisions, so they’ve come to expect it, and they’re so afraid or failing that they don’t want to take the next step...
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Anyone who has been a teacher or a parent knows how difficult it is to keep a child (of any age) focused on school when they’re excited about something. Whether that something is a holiday, a party, or a break from school, our challenge as the adult is to keep the kids occupied and focused....
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Each year as part of our Energy Day Academic Program (EDAP), we award students for their accomplishments in STEM. What will our future look like without these students? Many students never even attempt to enter these competitions because they don’t know where to begin. These students will greatly impact our future, so we need to invest...
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What isn’t nanotechnology good for is more like it. But what is nanotechnology? According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, nanotechnology “is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.” In other words, it’s the study of incredibly small things. This concept can be applied to all manor of...
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Whether you realize it or not, microwave ovens were actually named for the microwaves that they emit to heat foods. Microwaves are located between radio waves and infrared radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum. Microwaves are found at a specific frequency on the spectrum (roughly 2,450 megahertz), and this allows them to cook the food but...
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