This Week in STEM: New Cars, Old Game Boys, and Gamified Reading

This Week in STEM: New Cars, Old Game Boys, and Gamified Reading

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.

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.


Hands-free Driving is Here

Almost. General Motors announced this last week that they have plans to mass-produce self-driving cars. The cars will be made without steering wheels or pedals, and GM hopes to have them on the road by next year. 


The Game Boy is Making a Comeback

For those of you who are Nintendo or video game enthusiasts, you should probably know that Game Boy is making a comeback. Hyperkin has taken the original Game Boy design and given it an aluminum upgrade.  

Merging Video Games with Literacy

Video games are an important part of the lives of many students today. Middle School English Teacher Alex Corbitt writes about his use of video game language in the classroom. As Corbitt points out:

Role-playing games such as World of Warcraft and Skyrim center around completing quests, gaining experience points, and “leveling up” into exceedingly powerful characters. Gamers recognize that it takes time and effort to strengthen their characters.

Knowing that many of his students connected with the hard work and challenge of video games, he incorporated the concept into his independent reading plan. Read the full article to learn how you can get your students excited about reading. 

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