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 on what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.
There are many more amazing things going on in STEM than we have shared, so leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week.
In the spirit of Halloween, clever engineering, and the joy of STEM, NASA held a pumpkin carving contest. Check out a few of our favorites! If you’re feeling the need for something spooky, check out this post they shared with Spooky Space ‘Sounds.’
— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) October 31, 2017
— JayIsPainting (@JayIsPainting) October 29, 2017
— SPACE.com (@SPACEdotcom) November 1, 2017
Gitanjali Rao, and 11-year-old from Colorado, was shocked by the reality of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. After learning how long it takes to test lead levels in water, Rao decided to try to come up with a faster solution. She ended up creating a device called Tethys (after the Greek goddess of clean water). The device is able to test water samples and send the information via Bluetooth to a smartphone application, all in just a few seconds. Her device earned her the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.
Women in STEM and PBS have paired up with RoadTrip Nation to encourage women in STEM to share their stories of success. The project is a great way to encourage young students searching for their place in the world, especially those thinking of a career in STEM. Check out this site to read advice from Women in STEM or share your road to a life in STEM.
As students and schools all across the country are signing up for MathCON and preparing for the online competition, our friends over at MathCON thought it would be fun to give you another place to get your math on: YouTube! In celebration and anticipation of the series launch today, members of the Concept Schools and MathCON team had a little bit of fun in their Halloween costumes while they filmed a preview video. Check out MathCON’s YouTube channel every Friday for a new problem to solve!