Robot Teaches Students Real-World Programming Skills a project funded by the Student Research Foundation

Robot Teaches Students Real-World Programming Skills

Ms. Gresham’s Classroom Robot Teaches Her Students Real-World Programming Skills

Students in Ms. Gresham’s George Ranch High School classroom in Richmond, Texas were eagerly learning computer programming skills. But Ms. Gresham, who is eager to provide her students with the best STEM learning experiences possible, wanted something more – an expandable robot, able to move and equipped with sensors, that her students could program to interact with its environment. So she chose to apply on DonorsChoose.org for funding to buy a smart robot car for her classroom. Read more

STEM and Creativity Connect in Mrs. Catalone’s Classroom thanks to a donation by the Student Research Foundation

STEM and Creativity Connect in Mrs. Catalone’s Classroom

Art is art, STEM is STEM, and the two don’t really connect, correct? No, incorrect, because art and technology come together when students study computer graphics! Read more

US Army’s Online Career Tests - Student Research Foundation

Check Out the U.S. Army’s Battery of Online Career Tests

Did you know that the U.S. Army’s website is home to a strong array of career exploration tests?

They are designed to help students test the interests and aptitudes that best qualify them for different specialties and roles if they enroll in the U.S. Army. As such, the tests could be classified as recruitment tools. But after taking the tests, we found that they are good, free online career evaluation tests that can be useful for students who fall into two categories . . . Read more

Bright Neon Markers Make for Great Learning Experiences in Ms. Nozik’s Classroom

“The classroom environment is very positive,” writes Ms. Nozik, a 9th-grade teacher at Carlmont High School in Belmont California. “Students enjoy doing labs because they get to engage with science directly, instead of hearing about it. The students enjoy doing inquiry work – figuring out things by themselves. This is engaging for them and helps develop their critical thinking skills and their independence. They work well with each other in the lab and have the opportunity to get to know each other better. This makes their learning more interesting, engaging and enjoyable.” Read more

Mrs. Riley’s Students Learn Computer Science thanks to funding from the Student Research Foundation

Mrs. Riley’s Students Learn Computer Science

Thanks to Micro:Bit Basic Kits Donated by The Student Research Foundation

The students in Mrs. Riley’s classroom were eager to learn computer science, but the East Bernard High School in rural Texas lacked the funds to equip their classrooms with the computers they needed to learn to code. So Mrs. Riley, who is committed to providing the best learning opportunities possible for her students, came up with a solution. If she could equip her classroom with Electronix Express Micro:Bit Basic Kits, which cost only $22.95, her students could study computer science and learn skills similar to those being taught in larger school systems. Read more

Research study on High School students who want to major in Computer Science in college - Student Research Foundation

Research on Students Who Plan to Study Computer Science in College

Students Who Plan to Study Computer Science in College Still Need Lots of Career Advice

The Student Research Foundation asked 267,363 American high school students about their career plans. Of those students, 33,535 expressed interest in computer careers.

That sounds about right, doesn’t it? But the study also uncovered something that borders on the shocking . . . Read more

Dissecting Brains to Become Better Scientists - A high school project funded by Student Research Foundation

Future Brain Surgeons…Become Better Scientists

Brain Dissection Supplies Are Helping Mr. Kincaid’s Students Become Better Scientists

Students can only learn so much about brain anatomy by looking at books or poking around online. If they want to learn about how complex brains are and how they work, there comes a time when they have to dissect actual brains. Read more

Celebrate Pi Day with the Student Research Foundation

Let’s Praise the Number Pi on Pi Day, March 14th

Many educational tools have gone out of fashion in the past few decades. A partial list includes the blackboard, the slide rule, the so-called New Math, the study of cursive penmanship, the mimeograph machine, carbon paper, dot matrix printers, slide projectors, and screaming modems.

Yes, lots of things have come and gone. But there is one thing that students still need to know about and use . . . Read more

Living Sculptures Are Growing in a Philadelphia High School - Thanks to a donation from the Student Research Foundation

Living Sculptures Are Growing in a Philadelphia High School

Did you know that not all sculpture is made of marble, granite, bronze or concrete? Some of it can be made from living plants like rosemary, lavender and marigolds that are attached to underlying structures. And when you make a sculpture out of living plants, something interesting can happen. It can become a living laboratory where students can study how insects are attracted to plants, how predatory insects attack the first insects that arrived, and much more. The result? A living experiment where students can prepare for future careers in science and agriculture. Read more

How Slime Brings Science and STEM to the Library - Student Research Foundation Funded Project

How Slime Brings Science and STEM to the Library

Mrs. Dabney, Pasadena Texas High School Librarian, Helps Her Students Learn about Slime!

“Libraries aren’t just for reading anymore,” writes Mrs. Dabney, a high school librarian in Pasadena, TX. “Today’s libraries have books, technology, games, and maker spaces. We are striving to be the best library we can be in the 21st century. Our students lack many experiences due to socio-economic status, and we want to change that.”

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