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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Student Research Identifies Physics Fans" Who Have an Affection for Physics

New Student Research Identifies “Physics Fans” Who Have an Affection for Physics

New Student Research Foundation Study Finds that Students from All Backgrounds Feel the Same Way about Physics

In 2017, the Student Research Foundation asked 16,129 American high school students how they felt about the STEM subjects they were studying. The research was conducted in collaboration with our STEM Research Consortium partners, the American Association of Physics Teachers, National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Association of Biology Teachers.
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Students opening Box of tools to Study the Colorado River provided by the Student Research Foundation

Ms. McCall’s Students Have the Tools they Need to Study the Colorado River

Why we funded Ms. McCall’s project to help her students study the Colorado River

How difficult is it to learn about how water flows through a river and affects its topology?  Although it sounds like an easy body of information to understand, it isn’t. And it is most effectively learned when students have the classroom tools they need to simulate water flow and river erosion. Read more

New Research on Hispanic Students from Considering STEM Careers - Student Research Foundation

New Research on Hispanic Students Considering STEM Careers

Student Research Foundation’s 2017-2018 STEM Study Points Out the Barriers that Prevent Hispanic Students from Considering STEM Careers

It is not surprising that students who take more STEM classes in high school are more likely to want to prepare for STEM careers while they are in college. Read more

Learning Chemistry from a Saltwater Fish Tank - Student Research Foundation

Something Is “Fishy” in this Classroom …but it Is Educational

Mr. Reid Needed the Right Kind of Fish to Keep His Classroom Tank Healthy . . . and Educational

Mr. Reid, a grade 9-12 science teacher in Illinois, already had a beautiful big saltwater fish tank in his classroom. His 90+ students, who live far from oceans, loved it. Some of them were so inspired by it that they were dreaming of becoming marine biologists. Read more

Teacher Brings Cutting Edge Technology to Her Classroom - Thanks to the support of the Student Research Foundation

Teacher Brings Cutting Edge Technology to Her Classroom to Show Students New Possibilities

Meet Mrs. K’s a high school teacher in South Carolina who is showing her class the potential

Mrs. K, a high school teacher in South Carolina, wanted her students to have Apple Pencils to use with their iPads. So she posted a project on DonorsChoose.org and asked for them. Because almost all of Mrs. K’s 100+ students come from low-income households, they would have little chance of experiencing the latest technologies like Apple Pencils unless they were provided by their school. But now, thanks to generous donors, her project is fully funded. And her students are using their Apple Pencils to write away on iPads. Read more

National Girls Collaborative Project - A Student Research Foundation Partner

Research Partner Profile: National Girls Collaborative Project

The Student Research Foundation is proud to have established research partnerships with a number of outstanding educational organizations and foundations. Read more

High School Students Are Thinking about STEM Careers in the Wrong Ways - Student Research Foundation

High School Students Are Thinking about STEM Careers in the Wrong Ways

In 2015, Ranstad US asked 1,000 students ages 11-17 what they knew and thought about STEM careers. The results of the survey, which were published in 2017, showed that most students in that age group are harboring misconceptions about what it means to pursue a STEM career. Read more