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MSSEF veterans Nigell Dennis and Adrian Niles continue to add to their success this year by each winning a first place gold medal at the 2014 NAACP ACT-SO National Competition, which took place recently in Las Vegas. Nigell won gold in computer science while Adrian won gold in engineering. There were over 600 competitors in this year's event, with entries covering sciences, humanities, business, performing arts, and visual arts.

As we have previously reported, Adrian won a first place prize at the 2014 Masachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair and went on to compete in the first ever White House Maker's Faire with his adaptaton of a Segway-style transportation device. Nigell competed at the MSSEF event with a smart watch. Both young men... Read More

Maker Faire Robot logoWith the growth of job opportunities in STEM fields also accelerating emphasis on related academic pursuits, there's a growing question of whether that is enough.  We reported recently about MSSEF First Place Winner Adrian Niles' going to the White House for the first ever White House Maker's Faire. In the wake of that high profile Faire, there's an increasing interest in finding ways to make hands on learning and innovation become a bigger part of classroom activity. Maker Faires themselves are not new on the scene, having started in California's Bay Area in... Read More

Erica Budina at 2014 MSSEFMedford's Erica Bufina was recognized in June by the Medford School Committee for her success at the 2014 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair. Budina is a 4 year veteran of MSSEF, placing third as a freshman and taking first prizes as a junior and senior. In her last MSSEF event, Budina earned the Grand Prize, the 2014 Genzyme Science Award. The prize of $27,500 benefits not only Erica with $10,000 directly, but also awards $10,000 to the Medford High School Science Department, with another $5,000 to Budina's science teacher, Jody Driscoll, for an externship, and $2,500 to Budina for a summer... Read More

As our society becomes increasingly immersed in technology, so to does the need for capable, qualified workers rise to continue to develop and manage that technology. This has been the growing message to and from business leaders, and it is starting to be heeded by students.

As the Boston Globe reports (Science, tech fields await high school grads), a great example of this shift in student focus has come in Medfield, MA. Students electing STEM majors have increased from about 1/5 of students to nearly 1/3, while those opting for humanities majors have dropped to fewer than 1/10 of those going on to further education... Read More

Lionfish. Photo: christopherpuchta/Creative Commons via FlickrOf the many problems facing coral reefs in our oceans today, one of those is lionfish. An invasive species, they are increasing in numbers and causing a great deal of destruction to reefs. Understanding them and finding solutions to reduce their threat is a big concern for many marine scientists. (see Lionfish infestation in Atlantic Ocean a growing epidemic)

And that's a concern not only for those with advanced science degrees. Sixth grader Lauren Arrington of Florida has been intrigued by the lionfish, and decided to conduct her own experiments. Originally curious about the toxicity of the stings of dead lionfish, the lack of willing human test subjects motivated her to shift her curiosity. Her resulting experiment sought to... Read More

Anisha GundewarMarlborough High School graduate Anisha Gundewar, class of 2009, has won a Fulbright scholarship and is heading to India this fall. A new graduate of the University of Rochester with a double major in Health, Behavior, and Society along with Microbiology, she learned of winning the scholarship back in April, and has been making plans and preparations ever since.

Gundewar will be based in Mumbai, and working non-profit organization, Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research. Her focus will be examining how to best understand and utilize social structures in slum neighborhoods to carry out public health initiatives. 

During her years at Marlborough High School, Gundewar participated in multiple science and engineering fairs... Read More

Hot on the heels of a first place finish at the 2014 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, Brockton teen Adrian Niles spent some time this week at the White House, participating in the first ever White House Maker's Faire. His project, which took two years to build and has seen success through several science fairs, is a variation on a Segway-style personal transportation device, with modifications to make it even more useful for the elderly and people with disabilities.

In addition to his first place finish at the MSSEF event in May, Adrian also took top honors in engineering at the 2013 NAACP ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics). He will return to compete in this year's event, in Las Vegas. Adrian also won the gold medal at the South Shore Regional Science Fair in... Read More

Revere High School in Revere MAIt's no secret that different kids learn in different ways. However, in a 'regular' classroom set up, especially in the No Child Left Behind era of standardized testing, too often only one style of teaching can be applied and some kids don't do as well. Revere High School has taken some big steps to make sure that more students are getting what they need to learn more optimally and expand their potential. They have revised their semesters and class times, acquired iPads for every student, and placed a stronger emphasis on teacher skill rather than seniority.

The end result? Students entering high school with weaker English skills are later taking honors English. College acceptance rates have risen. Drop out rates have decreased. And Revere High School has been declared the nation's most... Read More

Photograph courtesy of Arne Kuilman/Flickr, Creative Commons licenseIn Arlington MA, students are enjoying the benefits that come from increasingly versatile and powerful technology in their classrooms. Students are blogging and writing code as early as 4th and 5th grade, using iPads to test aerodynamics, and utilizing 3D printers to create pieces for model rockets. It's really quite remarkable how the progress of technology is also making STEM education that much more accessible and complex all at the same time.

The Arlington Education Foundation has been working diligently to fundraise and make the growing presence of technology possible in that city's classrooms. The Foundation has existed in some form since 1990, taking its current shape in 2010. Its long history of supporting classroom innovation has made a... Read More

Credit: Gates Foundation on Flickr, under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).More and more, we are seeing job forecasts which project steady, double digit growth in STEM industries and fields, spurring greater discussion about when and how to capture the interest of kids early enough so that they can develop the skills and dedication needed to make them well suited for those careers. In March 2014, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released its latest report on the topic: STEM 101, Intro to Tomorrow's Jobs.

One of the more significant approaches towards achieving reach and appeal to more students has been to increase access to technology and internet, giving greater availability to a wider variety of learning tools. Among the programs designed to assist with this is... Read More

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