STEM Education Archive

  • Jewelbots Inspires Girls to Code

    A new company “Jewelbots” has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Arduino-powered friendship bracelet designed to help girls learn to code. Jewelbots comes equipped with a few outputs, including LEDs and motors.  Using the Jewelbots app, girls can start learning “code” right out of the box.  When they’re ready to move on to the next level, this open-source device is fully customizable using the Arduino IDE. “Using basic engineering logic, girls can program their Jewelbots to do just about anything they—and their besties-turned-collaborators—dream up, opening their minds to STEM during an age when many lose interest. “ Sara Chipps, Brooke

  • New Aluminum Battery Charges Faster, is Cheaper, and Safer than Alternatives

    Scientists from Stanford University have developed a new aluminum battery.  The battery literally resembles a small piece of aluminum foil, but it unique combination of aluminum and graphite makes it a flexible, cheap, and effective battery, capable of lighting up an LED, charging a phone, and more. Alkaline batteries are bad for the environment, and lithium batteries are far more expensive than this aluminum breakthrough. Researchers also estimate that these batteries will be far more rechargeable than their lithium counterparts. The technology is still brand new, but the scientists envision the battery being used on electrical grids as a form

  • Teaching Computers to See

    Fei-Fei Li, computer science specialist and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Labs, is working to teach computers to see. With everything that computers can do nowadays, it may slip our minds that they’re still incapable of a lot of simple tasks.  Li points out that even a small child can identify objects in a still image, but computers are, for the most part, blind. So she and her team have spent years creating an algorithm that allows a computer to recognize places, people and things.  The key to this technology is a gigantic image library (Image-net.org) that has allowed

  • The 2015 White House Science Fair – LIVE!

    Today is the annual White House Science Fair.  This fifth annual celebration of young students in STEM will have President Barack Obama perusing various projects by whiz-kid students of all ages.     “The White House uses the science fair to highlight the administration’s support of science, technology, engineering and math education — a broad field known as STEM. Obama is due to announce a fresh batch of STEM initiatives at Monday’s event, aimed at inspiring more girls and boys, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups, to enter the field.” – NBC News And you can watch the President traveling

  • Arkansas Becomes First State to Mandate Computer Science Education

    Last year, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson ran on an aggresively pro-STEM education platform, promising voters a boost in computer science courses in public and charter schools.  WIRED magazine reports today that Arkansas has become the first state in the union to legally mandate that public and charter schools have computer science offerings for their students.  That’s right – the very first. Hutchinson isn’t a coder himself.  But he’s aware that many of the fastest growing, highest paying jobs are in computer science, and he wants Arkansas residents to be competitive. “Whether you’re looking at manufacturing and the use of robotics or the

  • Benefits of Project-Based Learning

    We at 16Hertz believe people learn better by doing.  That being said, when we go to teach, we make sure to bring along a project for the students to tackle.  We’ve taught students to build circuits, rockets, robots, and more, helping them to learn vital engineering, science and math skills along the way. Project based learning has a distinct educational advantage over lecture based learning.  Studies have shown that students are far more likely to retain concepts if given a project to complete, as opposed to learning traditionally via textbook and lecture. While project-based learning can result in a heavier

  • It’s Important to Get Women into the Tech Industry – It’s More Important to Keep Them There

    A feature in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times reports that women are leaving the tech industry in droves.  The pervasive undercurrent of sexism in tech industries has discouraged talented engineers, computer scientists, and tech entrepreneurs out of their careers. “There are a lot of things that piled up over the years,” Garann Means, a former programmer, told the Times. “I didn’t know how to move forward. There was a lot I had to put up with in the culture of tech. It just didn’t seem worth it.” Women in tech report that the hostility can be subtle,