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5 Tips for Building a Maker Culture of Equity and Inclusion

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When students have an environment that is inclusive, they are more confident and creative. They are then better able to create a love of learning, which is when unexpected ideas happen--and we need new ideas.

How Shared Values at DSST Shape Youth Development

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Shared values are central to life and learning at DSST. “We’re a values first organization,” said CEO Bill Kurtz. The shared values are alive in the DSST culture, practiced in the advisory system, and applied in real life learning opportunities.

Empowering Our Daughters to Love Math is about More than Numbers

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By: Jennifer Agustin. Whether you’re a parent or an educator looking to ensure equity for every child or a business professional seeking to establish a smarter, more profitable company, diversity in any field is proven to help. That being said, we should think bigger when it comes to empowering girls to love math. We must focus on the impact math can have on girls’ overall critical thinking, confidence, and eventual career paths, no matter their ambition.

Early Learning Strategies for Developing Computational Thinking Skills

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We live in a world with Smartphones and Smarthomes, and understanding how devices work allows us to approach technology as a partner to help us solve problems. Here's how we can start giving kids these skills sooner rather than later.

Our Future Coders are in Our K-12 Classrooms Today

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By: Kelsey Parrasch. Teachers who are nervous about incorporating computer science and coding into their classroom can try learning alongside their students. Engaging game-based learning and student competitions have the power to build confidence and interest in everyone involved.

Integrating Computational Thinking into Your Elementary Classroom

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By: Grant Smith. Over time, we have gone from a focus on coding (often in isolation) to a more broad idea of computer science as a whole, and now to the refined idea of computational thinking as a foundational understanding for all students.

Science Holds the Promise of a Better Future

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By: Sethuraman Panchanathan and Chevy Humphrey. How can we engage and inspire young people to learn about science and spur the improvements in education essential to building the skills of our future workforce? It’s a goal we can all be part of achieving.

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

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By: Colin Angevine. How do “code,” “computer science,” and, “computational thinking,” fit together? What is motivating their introduction into schools, and how might they change education? Find out here.

All About STEM High Schools

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Tom shares three dozen STEM schools that are engaging students in design challenges and high-quality project-based learning, highlighting what makes these schools special and innovative.

Cybersecurity: A Promising Approach to Integrating CompSci and PBL

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To maximize the benefits of computer science education, we should be looking for ways to bring it into authentic PBL--but that is an undeniably tall order. One way is through data science. Another, it turns out, is through cybersecurity.

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