• Numerade Gives Free STEM Bootcamps for Summer season Studying
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    Numerade Gives Free STEM Bootcamps for Summer season Studying

    In contrast to conventional tutoring or academic camps, Numerade’s summer time bootcamps are freed from cost and provides college students 24/7 entry to video classes, making them preferrred for college kids who need to be taught ideas briefly intervals of time moderately than committing to long-term camps or courses. The bootcamps are damaged up into topic-based modules, and every subject consists of a number of video lectures by which knowledgeable STEM educators take college students via the ideas in step-by-step, whiteboard-style explainers.

    “Numerade is proud to provide college students free entry to on-line bootcamps created by a number of the finest educators on this planet,” mentioned Nhon Ma, CEO and founding father of Numerade. “With 18 subject-specific bootcamps, together with introductory-level and superior programs, college students can be taught the fundamentals and grasp extra superior ideas of their chosen areas of research. This makes our bootcamps the right device for college kids who have to catch up in class, in addition to those that need to get forward and take their schooling to the following stage.”

    Numerade additionally offers extra sources for college kids, together with the most important on-line library of STEM video options and its social check prep app StudyParty, the place customers can research with different college students.

    About Numerade

    Numerade was based in Los Angeles in 2018 with the objective of constructing the information and abilities of world-class STEM educators broadly accessible and inexpensive to college students of all backgrounds. As we speak, greater than 50,000 educators have created content material on Numerade and 60 million college students have used the platform.

    CONTACT: Numerade: [email protected].

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  • Bush Hills STEAM Academy earns prestigious STEM award
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    Bush Hills STEAM Academy earns prestigious STEM award

    Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson, third from right, and BCS Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan, far left, with school officials and city leaders as Tyson presents funding for schools in Birmingham’s District 8. (PROVIDED PHOTO)

    By Haley Wilson

    The Birmingham Times

    Bush Hills STEAM Academy on Thursday became the first Birmingham City School (BCS) school to earn COGNIA certification which is awarded to schools that have two years of Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) programs for its students and meet rigorous performance standards.

    “This prestigious certification is an honor and a testament to the incredible work the students, leaders and educators have put into this program,” said Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan. “We are proud of our educators and our scholars at Bush Hills STEAM Academy.”

    Meanwhile, Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Tyson, District 8 School Board Representative, Sonja Smith and other school leaders were at Bush Hills STEAM Academy as Tyson presented $63,300 to elementary and middle schools in Birmingham’s 8th district.

    Those schools include:

    • Bush K-8
    • Bush Hills STEAM Academy
    • Brown elementary
    • Central Park Elementary
    • Minor Elementary
    • Princeton Elementary
    • Green Acres Middle School

    “Birmingham City Schools [BCS] have done so much for me,” said Tyson. “I can’t speak for everybody else, but I know what they have done for me in my life… [BCS] have fueled the vision that I have for myself and for my community. “We got to do more than cleanup outside of the schools. We have to clean up in our kids heads, in their heart, and make sure they are learning.”

    Tiffani Rocker Stewart, interim principal of Bush Hills STEAM Academy, said the funding will help with scholarships within the academy “and really push our STEAM initiative forward,” she said. “…this is just a steppingstone to the upward trajectory that we are headed in.”

  • Back to school: Best STEM kits for elementary school teachers and students
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    Back to school: Best STEM kits for elementary school teachers and students

    From coding robots and chemistry sets to space-themed offerings, here are some of the best STEM kits for elementary school students and teachers.

    After a year of remote learning, many schools are returning to in-person learning this fall. Whether it’s in the classroom or follow-up work at home, STEM lessons focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics are foundational to a number of educational pathways. As students head back to the classroom, here are some of the best STEM kits and coding accessories for elementary students and teachers.

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    Robotics kits are essentially a STEM rite of passage at this point. The Giggleway science kit comes with everything children will need to construct three individual robot systems including motors, circuitry, wiring and an instruction book for independent DIY construction. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 8 and 12.


    $21 at Amazon

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    Space and final frontier exploration are popular subjects for many elementary school kids. This STEM kit features six space-themed learning exercises including lessons to understand rocket propulsion and lunar phases as well as the opportunity to build a model of the solar system. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 7 and 10.


    $26 at Amazon

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    National Geographic offers a number of STEM kits including this chemistry set. This STEM bundle touts 45 different lessons including options dedicated to chemical reactions and the hallmark science fair fan favorite a la the pyroclastic, oozing volcanic explosion. This science kit is rated for children 8 and older.


    $35 at Amazon

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    The LEGO Chain Reactions kit allows children to channel their inner Rube Goldberg and create reactive 3D structures. The bundle includes a booklet and instructions to design 10 modules brimming with ramps, caroming balls, building blocks and more. This science kit is rated for children 8 and older.


    $19 at Amazon

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    There are also a number of coding kits on the market to inspire aspiring computer programmers. BitsBox offers a STEM subscription service of sorts, delivering new coding challenges each month. This includes lessons to help create video games, greeting cards and more. Each box has a different theme varying from animals and robots to fantasy and flight. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 6 and 12.


    $28 at Amazon

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    This Makeblock offering is an all-in-one robotics and coding experience. Children can assemble the included mBot robot for a crash course in robotics and electronics and use the paired mBlock Blockly App as an introduction to dozens of programming languages via a series of games. The kit is also compatible with a number of add-on expansion packs for additional bot customization and extended learning opportunities. This science kit is rated for children between the ages of 8 and 12.


    $70 at Amazon

  • STEM Academy Online Courses Registration for Fall 2021 is Open
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    STEM Academy Online Courses Registration for Fall 2021 is Open

     

    STEM Academy is an online school located in tristate area aiming to help students at all levels to achieve their full potentials in various STEM fields (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, Health Sciences, Earth Sciences, Information Technology, Economy, etc.) You name it!

     

    Courses at STEM Academy are designed based on standard high school curriculum and taught in heuristic pedagogies to help students fully understand the topics and materials, receive great scores in standard tests such as AP exams and SATs, and achieve terrific GPAs in their school transcripts, that would give them great advantages when it comes to competitive college applications.

     

    Instructors at STEM Academy have advanced degrees in technical fields. They are passionate and experienced educators from high schools and some from universities.

     

    Courses at STEM Academy are offered via Zoom in real time in small groups (3~6). There is lecturing, recitation and discussion in every class. The educators make every effort so students receive enough attention to follow through the class. There is weekly homework and it will be graded and feedback will be provided.

     

    Courses at STEM Academy are open to middle school and high school students for registration. Honors-level courses are equivalent to regular courses offered in school and Advanced-level courses are equivalent to AP courses. Instructors at STEM Academy adopt modern teaching pedagogy so ensure students engagement and optimal learning outcomes.

     

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Director of Education, Dr. Ken at 917-862-8026.

  • Digital Consulting Firm to Open STEM Bootcamp in Lafayette, La.
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    Digital Consulting Firm to Open STEM Bootcamp in Lafayette, La.

    (TNS) — Perficient, a digital consulting firm with an office in downtown Lafayette, will launch a training bootcamp in Lafayette this fall.

    The company’s Bright Paths Program will launch the program for up to 25 students that will advance STEM education and career opportunities for those underrepresented in the tech industry. It will also launch a bootcamp in Detroit, which has 22 women graduate in its previous bootcamp.

    Most of those graduates accepted job offers from Perficient.


    “We believe innovation is best achieved when every perspective is considered,” said Andrea Lampert, Perficient’s vice president of people. “We introduced our first Bright Paths Program to bring more diverse insights and skillsets into the conversation while closing the gap in opportunities for STEM careers and education across our communities. After a successful initial cohort, we’re thrilled to launch a second Bright Paths Program in Detroit and expand the initiative to our Lafayette community.”

    Students will attend a fully paid, customized training bootcamp for up to 16 weeks with a goal to extend qualified graduates a full-time job in the software engineering and development field, where new colleagues will have opportunities to partner with the world’s largest enterprises and biggest brands. The programs are a partnership between Perficient and Strayer University’s Hackbright Academy, a coding bootcamp and software engineering program designed for women, as well as Devmountain, a design and coding bootcamp designed to equip students with the skills to start their journey toward a career in tech.

    “The demand for digital experiences continues to grow, placing a high priority on critical technical skillsets to build and run these innovative solutions,” said Mary-Beth Ostasz, area vice president, Perficient. “We’re confident that Perficient Bright Paths students will receive in-depth training that will advance their coding and development skills and prepare them to pursue a long-term career. We welcome anyone interested in pursuing a career in technology to consider applying.”

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  • Numerade Opens Free Online STEM Summer Bootcamps to Help MS and HS Students Overcome COVID Learning Loss
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    Numerade Opens Free Online STEM Summer Bootcamps to Help MS and HS Students Overcome COVID Learning Loss

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    Summer is a time for students to explore personal interests, and for an expected 100,000 students, free STEM bootcamps will provide a chance to expand their understanding of everything from calculus to chemistry, biology to algebra.

    For the second straight summer, Numerade is offering free summer bootcamp courses as a way to combat pandemic learning loss. The eight-week video-based online classes are geared toward middle and high school students, using a web-based virtual learning platform. There are 20 courses, offering access to some of the company’s more than 1 million short-form educational videos — created with input from over 1,000 educators — covering STEM courses as well as SAT and ACT test prep.

    When students sign up for the free courses, they are placed into cohorts with other students. “They key to the learning process,” co-founder Nhon Ma says, “is the content created through educators and a sense of community with the students.” Students can interact with others in the same bootcamp via the online Discord server, ideally helping one another answer questions and discuss the content. Each week, students get a sequence of videos aligned to the curriculum, designed to be watched at their own time and pace. At the end of the week, quizzes track students’ understanding, and at the end of eight weeks, participants can earn a certificate of accomplishment for completing the course.

    The rolling course offerings start every week, and Ma says students are encouraged to take multiple classes through the summer. Last summer, 30,000 students participated, and he’s expecting around 100,000 this year.

    “We give encouragement and support and the resources students need for their grades and confidence to improve greatly,” Ma says. “There is a positive benefit that happens for the students and their community.”

    The free summer program also serves as an introduction to Numerade and the $9.99-per-month subscription fee to access its entire library of content.

    Founders Ma and Alex Lee, both from south central Los Angeles, started working together eight years ago, after scholarship opportunities allowed Ma to attend and graduate from Columbia University. He then worked in finance and served as a product lead for programmatic ad design at Google. It was there that Ma decided he wanted to instead focus on closing gaps in educational opportunities.

    After first creating an online tutoring platform, the pair learned that students were routinely going back into recorded tutoring sessions to replay them multiple times. “What is foundational for the learning process, especially for STEM, is repetition,” Ma says. “Students need to get the reps in as much as they can, and in a safe space where they are not judged.” That insight led to Numerade, which launched in 2019, allowing students 24-7 access to the short-form video resources.

    The free summer bootcamps started in 2020, and, “with learning loss accumulated, we felt a huge responsibility to help students close any learning gap as much as possible and get ahead,” Ma says.

    The desire to build an interest in STEM led the company to focus videos on children as young as middle school. “If students don’t get the reinforcement and support they need in middle school, often they drop out of STEM entirely,” Ma says. “What we want is to make sure students have the confidence to continue on their journey.”

    For the summer bootcamps, courses cover physics, math, chemistry and biology. Chemistry 101 offers an introduction to reactions, aqueous solutions, thermochemistry, electronic structure, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding and gases. Chemistry 102 covers liquids, solids, solutions, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, aqueous equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.

    The biology summer camp features understanding of cellular respiration and fermentation, the cell cycle and cellular reproduction, photosynthesis, cell signaling, gene expression and viruses.

    The Physics 101 Mechanics course studies motion, energy, forces and momentum while Physics 102 Electricity and Magnetism creates a virtual lab to understand temperature, heat, electricity and magnetism. A Physics 103 course puts a focus on differing waves, whether mechanical, sound or light, and quantum mechanics.

    Math courses range from algebra to precalculus and geometry to calculus, the most popular. The summer programs also include test prep for both the SAT and ACT.

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  • Weston Middle School students selected attend Envision STEM camps | Education
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    Weston Middle School students selected attend Envision STEM camps | Education

    While some students see summer break as a chance to step away from school and enjoy time off, a few Weston Middle School students decided to spend six days of their summer continuing their learning in the sciences at an Envision Explore STEM summer camp.

    Sixth grader Nathaniel Cox, sixth grader Branson Rabb and eighth grader Mason Matye participated in a Denver, Colorado, camp, while sixth grader Alethea Bond participated in a San Jose, California, camp.

    The Explore STEM camp is one in Envision’s series of National Youth Leadership Forum camps. Envision camps focus on career exploration and are aimed at exposing students to different potential career paths.

    Admission is competitive, but students can skip the application process if they are nominated into the program, normally by a teacher.

    The four local students were nominated by Weston Middle School sixth grade teacher Amber Doremus, who was invited to become an Envision nominator several years ago.

    “For years, I have been nominating students,” Doremus said. “Even if a student can’t go, I think it’s great for them to be nominated and feel a little more confident that, ‘Hey, I can really do these things.’”

    Doremus said that often the students she nominates don’t end up going. So, she was excited that the four went this time.

    “It’s a wide variety of things they learn about,” Doremus said. “It’s great opportunity for them. Big-time federal outfits are there.”

    Branson Rabb said the Denver camp was a great experience. He said he participated in projects in areas such as robotics, engineering, forensics and medical.

    So, what was his favorite?

    “Probably robotics and engineering,” he said. “It was really fun coding the robot and actually designing it.”

    Branson said the experience has made him excited about a possible career path.

    “It kind of gave me an idea of what I want to be,” he said. “It helped me see what I want to do … I want to do something with building robots or designing them.”

    Mason Matye also found the experience worthwhile.

    “Engineering is pretty cool,” he said. “We designed 3D buildings for suitable life on Mars.”

    Mason said it was a fun way to spend part of his summer.

    “I got to meet new people,” he said. “If you’re into learning about this kind of stuff, then it’s really fun.”

    Alethea Bond, the lone Weston student to attend the San Jose camp, said she enjoyed the medical portion. She already knows she wants to be a surgeon when she grows up.

    “I was already interested in (becoming a surgeon) before the camp, but it made me want to do it even more,” Alethea said.

    Alethea’s mother, Rebecca Bond, said she’s grateful her daughter was able to take part in the camp.

    “She made some great friends, had wonderful leaders and really grew in her confidence,” Bond said. “We’re so grateful for Ms. Doremus having nominated her and all the Weston Middle School staff encouragement she received. We would have never known of this opportunity otherwise.”

    She said she hopes other families can learn about the camp and send their children.

    “I have been talking to other parents locally,” Bond said. “Here in our part of Oregon, we really don’t get to hear about programs like this. If her teacher had not said something, we would not have known. It opened a world of possibilities to us.”

    Doremus said she chose to nominate the students she did because she felt they’d be successful at the camp and get a lot out of it.

    “There’s a lot of factors,” she said. “Work ethic, general knowledge in several areas. It’s not just, ‘Oh, this student is good at math.’ … You just kind of get a feeling about who could benefit from something like this.”

    She said she hopes the four students come back feeling confident in their abilities.

    “There’s a big world out there,” Doremus said. “Opportunities are there, and they are not out of reach.”

    Students who are not nominated by a program nominator can apply for Envision camps at envisionexperience.com/admissions.