This Week in STEM: Math Positive Classrooms and Climate Change Research

This Week in STEM: Math Positive Classrooms and Climate Change Research

At Concept Schools, we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out for what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

We can’t share all of the amazing things happening in STEM: leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week.

How to Promote a Math Positive Classroom

As parents and teachers, we are aware of the societal barriers that can often lead to students giving up on math. Dr. Raj Shah, a mathematics educator, has written a new paper: Promoting a Math-Positive Classroom: A Guide for K-12 Educators. His paper covers reasons why students might lose interest in math, and provides three steps to combat these issues. Read the above short article for a quick overview of the paper, and find the full paper linked at the bottom of the post.

How Scientists from 100 Years Ago Might Help Us Understand Climate Change

Over 100 years ago, a few science enthusiasts lived year-round in a stone hut at the top of Ben Nevis, the United Kingdom’s highest peak. The group of early researchers collected weather data every hour on the hour between 1883 and 1904. Even though weather science has developed drastically since then, researchers today are hoping to learn something about climate change from the century-old data. Read the article above to learn more.

NASA is Learning More about The Cryosphere

In 2018, NASA and the German Research Centre for Geoscienceswi are launching two new satellites to detect changes in mass of the earth, including ice sheets and aquifers. Watch the video below to learn about this awesome mission and the cool technology behind it. 

Get Excited: A New Crash Course on the History of Science!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with CrashCourse, it’s a YouTube channel that brings together a handful of YouTubers who teach crash courses in everything from Physics and Computer Science to Sociology and Mythology. This week, a new course started in the History of Science. Be sure to watch the first video and keep watching for more!

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