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Why Do 60%+ of College Students Drop Out of STEM Programs - Student Research Foundation

Why Do 60%+ of College Students Drop Out of STEM Programs?

In a post she wrote for the Greatschools.org blog on March 10, 2014 (“Does our approach to teaching math fail even the smartest kids?”) Carol Lloyd notes that according to a study conducted by UCLA, as many as 60% of all college students who start a STEM major in college drop out. Read more

Who Needs a Female STEM Role Model - Student Research Foundation

Who Needs a Female STEM Role Model?

Microsoft Study: High School-Age Girls Benefit from Female STEM Role Models

We have all seen those illustrated books that are meant to inspire girls when they are in elementary and middle school – those biographies of scientists like Marie Curie and Sally Ride. By the time girls get to high school, they aren’t reading books like those any longer. But does that mean that by the time girls reach high school, they no longer need role models to motivate them to enter STEM careers Read more

National Center for Women & Information Technology a Student Research Foundation Partner

Partner Profile: National Center for Women & Information Technology

The Student Research Foundation is proud to be a partner organization of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), an organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for women in information technology. Read more

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

Nine Policies to Increase Computer Science Learning at the State Level

The 2019 State of Computer Science Education, a nationwide study conducted by the Advocacy Coalition, the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance, found that two conflicting trends are at work in computer science as it is taught in American high schools. Read more

How to Get Burned-Out Students Excited about STEM Studies - Student Research Foundation

How to Get Burned-Out Students Excited about STEM Studies

“Students who are bored or inattentive or who put little effort to schoolwork are unlikely to benefit from better standards, curriculum, and instruction unless schools, teachers, and parents take steps to address their lack of motivation . . .”

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Color Calculators Help All Students Better Visualize Math Concepts - A project funded by Student Research Foundation

Color Calculators Help All Students Better Visualize Math Concepts

Graphing calculators help most all high school students visualize math concepts and the results of their work. But if those students have learning disabilities, graphing calculators with vibrant color displays are even more effective at making math come to life. Read more

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

Job Satisfaction, Humanities Graduates Are Nearly on a Par with Engineering Graduates - Student Research Foundation

In Success and Job Satisfaction, Humanities Graduates Are Nearly on a Par with Engineering Graduates

Do you know any educators who are advising future college students to focus on engineering and technical fields, and to stay away from the arts and the humanities? 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