Learn History with Timeline Eons [App Review]

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Printed timelines can only cover so much history, but the new Timeline Eons app for iOS covers literally billions of years worth of history starting with the Big Bang. And it does it in a really cool way. The Today in History option can help users to keep tabs on important events, though individuals can actually program in anniversary reminders if they purchase the full version. Even the free version has plenty of functionality though. Mobile device users can experiment with three trial events, though they’ll probably be more interested in the fact that they can browse all of Earth’s history for ten days.

Parents seem to think that children rot their brains on the Internet, but Timeline Eons actually has a few functions that could be useful for history projects. Coverage of topics like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Battle of Britain should provide ample material for anyone cramming for a test. The only real drawback here is that some teachers might be a bit reluctant to accept citations from a mobile phone app, but most students can cite software these days anyhow.

People with an interest in paleontology might get the most out of the app, considering that it covers just about any geological age one can think of. I think students can benefit from this app in a very big way for sure.

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Notable STEM Program: CyberPatriot

As an avid proponent of STEM in education, I like to keep an eye out for innovation happening around the world. For instance, I get really excited when I learn of all the amazing apps being created on the iPad based around STEM. Check out this recent post by OnlineUniversities.com – 50 Best iPad Apps for STEM Education to see what I’m talking about. This type of thing is good for schools and students…we need MUCH MORE!

Another great project I recently learned about is CyberPatriot. Established in 2008, CyberPatriot is the Air Force Association‘s flagship STEM program. It’s a team-based competition, where students learn to defend a computer network from real-life computer threat scenarios.  Thus far, CyberPatriot has had five subcategories in their All Service Division, comprised of Junior ROTC units of the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Civil Air Patrol units. Now, the Naval Sea Cadet Corps joins the division.

The Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a youth development organization supported by both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard that serves to teach individuals 13 to 17 years old about the sea-going military services, U.S. Naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork. For more than 50 years, the mission of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been to provide American youth with leadership abilities through hands-on training.

“In the decades since our establishment, a prime mission of ours has been to expand the horizons of our sea cadets to help them become mature young adults and prepare them for success,” said CAPT (Ret) Jim Monahan, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps Executive Director.  “This partnership with AFA and CyberPatriot is another opportunity to foster essential skills to enrich their development — from cyber awareness and basic technological skills to teamwork and critical thinking. We look forward to participating in CyberPatriot V and the many years to follow.”

“We at AFA emphasize education in all we do,” said Mike Dunn, President and CEO of AFA. “This new partnership with the Naval Sea Cadet Corps helps expand the educational outreach of the CyberPatriot program and provides knowledge and training for hundreds of more students on cyber security. We are utterly thrilled to have them involved and look forward to a long partnership.”

CyberPatriot IV saw more than 1,000 teams register, representing all 50 states and Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific. Top winners from each division received more than $50,000 in college scholarships from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, CyberPatriot’s presenting sponsor.

Other CyberPatriot sponsors include founding partners SAIC and CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio, as well as AT&T, Boeing, General Dynamics, Microsoft, Raytheon, the Air Force Research Laboratory, MIT-Lincoln Laboratory, Cisco, URS and K2Share.

Registration for CyberPatriot V closes on September 30, 2012. Any high school can field a team for the Open Division, while Junior ROTC units from any Service; Civil Air Patrol units; and now Sea Cadets are eligible to field teams in the All Service Division. Coaches can learn more about CyberPatriot and sign up at www.uscyberpatriot.org. Information is also available from the CyberPatriot staff atinfo@uscyberpatriot.org.

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association and has 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing more than 108,000 members.  You can learn more at www.afa.org.

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Free App: STEM for Education

Americans made 80% of all scientific discoveries from the 1930s to the 1960s. The United States owes its status to its investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Today, many countries are following suit by offering STEM education programs, improved infrastructure, numerous research opportunities, STEM scholarships, and active government support.

“The United States has been the dominant science superpower since the 1950s. As a result, in the early 1960s, the United States was spending seven times more money on scientific research than Europe,” said Carolina Cabral Murphy, Co-Founder of MicroEmpowering.

In the last three years, while still in the lead, the United States research output has only grown by 30 percent.

Mrs. Cabral Murphy also highlighted: “Investing in STEM education helps nations and individuals enjoy robust growth prospects.” Students completing STEM education programs enjoy:

  • More job opportunities
  • Better remuneration
  • Better growth prospects
  • Long-term stability in their careers

According to data analyzed by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, men and women enjoy a 50% STEM premium compared to the hourly wages of those working in non-STEM areas. Women suffer from a 21% wage gap in non-STEM jobs. This gap falls to 14% for women who have completed STEM programs, and the gap narrows drastically for women who have majored in computers, mathematics, or engineering.

Focusing on college education and offering STEM scholarships to college students will not suffice. Those who obtain STEM degrees typically start to show interest in science by age 11.  This means that interest in science and mathematics must be nurtured and encouraged during childhood.

With this challenge in mind MicroEmpowering.org launched an App called Curiosity School – STEM education series. The app is available for FREE @ the iTunes store:

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MicroEmpowering.org provides community organizations, non-profit institutions, and social entrepreneurs with the technology, educational materials, and services they need.

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Why STEM Should Be Focus at G8

I believe the U.S. needs to focus more on STEM in our educational system at all levels. If we’re ever going to solve our most pressing societal problems, we will need qualified scientists to accomplish the task while at the same time, ensuring that our species survives through new technologies and advancements both on Earth and beyond. This release issued below by the National Science Academies is calling for a focus on Read More →

STEM Programs on U.S. News Directory

To support those looking to capitalize on the demand for STEM professionals by earning a related degree, U.S. News University Directory is adding a listing of top accredited STEM education programs to better match students with the college or university of their choice.

The U.S. News University Directory also contains numerous articles and other information about careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. Read More →

U.S. Students Need New Way of Learning Science

American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how they learn science, says a noted group of scientists and educators led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt.

After six years of work, the group has proposed a solution. The 8+1 Science concept calls for a radical overhaul in K-12 schools that moves away from memorizing scientific facts and focuses on helping students understand eight fundamental science concepts. The “plus one” is the importance of inquiry, the practice of asking why things happen around us – and a fundamental part of science. Read More →

STEM News: Training Youth for Jobs of the Future

Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire (D-4th) told technology industry representatives that the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School‘s planned STEM Epicenter program would train a new generation of young scientists and engineers for thePittsburgh region, and provide a model for the state and the nation.

“PA Cyber is doing tremendous work in this field,” Altmire said at a meeting hosted by Bayer Corporation at its U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh. “Instead of training them for the jobs of the past, we want to keep our young people here by giving them the skills they will need in the future.” Read More →

Collaborative Classroom Prepares Future Scientists


Webster University’s East Academic Building unites faculty, staff and students around the world through technology-enhanced learning spaces. According to Erik Palmore, head of Webster’s Faculty Development Center, one of these spaces is the new Collaborative Classroom, whose mix of space, furniture, pedagogy and technology is configured to promote group work and sharing, creative and collaborative problem solving and design thinking. Read More →

Texas Instruments Foundation and Selected Partners to create a “STEM District”

The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation, Educate Texas and Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) announced today an initiative to systemically change science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels in the district over the next four years. The new “STEM District” model will transform the teaching of these subjects statewide to better prepare Texas students for post-secondary and workforce success. Read More →

STEM News: Robots in the Classroom

How cool is this!?

Sixth-graders in Cheney will run tests on the community water supply and present their findings to city officials. Students at Rainier Beach High School in Seattlewill travel to the Olympic Peninsula to work on the Elwha Dam removal project. And middle school girls in the Spokane area will build a programmable robot to learn practical applications for math.

The projects are among 14 around the state chosen to receive the third wave of Entrepreneur Award grants from Washington STEM, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across the state. With this round of investments, Washington STEM is now impacting more than 500 teachers and 16,000 students across the state.

“I had a D in science and didn’t do much studying, but working with my high school partner helped me work harder,” said Everett Greene-Maddelena, an eighth-grader at Markishtum Middle School in Neah Baywho was involved in a 2011 Washington-STEM project. “We also got to go on a research ship and learn about cool stuff, like the tribe’s work cleaning sand with mushrooms. I now have a B in science and think I am ready for high school.” Growing student success and enthusiasm for STEM has already helpedNeah Bay students win $70,000 in a national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest . The students have a chance to win more in the contest’s final round.

While Washington ranks first in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs, too few of its students are prepared to pursue STEM degrees and take the jobs our state generates. This disparity stretches back to our elementary schools, where Washington kids typically receive two hours or less of science instruction a week.

“STEM isn’t just for scientists and engineers, it’s the best ticket to a good job in today’s market and virtually the only ticket to a good job in the economy of the future,” said Carolyn Landel, Chief Program Officer at Washington STEM. “Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the commitment and innovative spirit ofWashington educators who strive to ensure that all kids are prepared to succeed.”

Washington STEM Entrepreneur Award grants support breakthrough ideas and promising approaches in STEM education. The one-year investments encourage teachers to take risks, pilot new ideas, and generate promising practices that can be used around the state. Applications for the next round of Entrepreneur Award investments are due May 3.

For those interested in pursuing multi-year STEM projects that develop or expand innovative interventions in STEM, Washington STEM is also opening applications for its second round of Portfolio Awards with letters of inquiry due March 23. To learn more about Entrepreneur and Portfolio Awards, go to www.washingtonstem.org/grantee-application.asp

“My female students use to think that building robots was just for boys,” said, Dave Neale, a seventh-grade science and automation and robotics teacher and lead of the Team GEAR Heads, an all-girl robotics club at Mountainside Middle School in Colbert that will be supported by an Entrepreneur Award. “Our club makes it cool for girls to be into math and science.”

A complete list of Washington STEM’s round three Entrepreneur Award investments can be found online at www.washingtonstem.org/investments.asp

About Washington STEM: Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to advancing innovation, equity, and excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Launched in March 2011, Washington STEM partners with education, business, and community leaders to bridge opportunities in education and economy that reimagine STEM education for all students, starting with those most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. Learn more atwww.washingtonstem.org , join the conversation at Facebook , or follow STEM on Twitter @washingtonstem.

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Source: Washington STEM

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