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STEM, Reading, and Rock & Roll

by Jennifer Kobrin September 15, 2011
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A couple of weeks ago I watched an inspiring primetime television special hosted by, producer and front man for the band, The Black-Eyed Peas (As of January, he is also Intel’s Director of Creative Innovation). The program was called First: Science is Rock & Roll and highlighted the 20th Annual FIRST Robotics Championship. A non-profit organization like Foundations, FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – designs innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989.

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STEM and English Learners Continues to be Focus of Feds

by Jennifer Kobrin August 11, 2011
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I’m back from the Dakotas, where I presented last week at a statewide conference for 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees. After a brief game of chicken with a buffalo standing in the road, I was reminded that rural afterschool programs face many of the same challenges as their urban counterparts (except I guess how to move 1,000 pounds of Bison). It’s really about being able to leverage that spark of curiosity all young people possess into authentic, academic learning opportunities. Which brings me to this week’s topic—STEM and English learners!

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The Best Answer is a Question: Using Inquiry to Guide Learning

by Jennifer Kobrin June 8, 2011
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Earlier this week I heard a radio segment on NPR’s All Things Considered about Sam Fuller, a sixteen year-old that is part of a small section of the home-schooling movement called un-schooling. Learning for an un-schooled child is driven entirely by his or her interests and motivations. For example, Sam did not learn to read until he began playing the card game Magic at the age of 10, which required being able to understand text written on the cards.

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STEM and Language Learning: It’s E-L-ementary!

by Jennifer Kobrin September 2, 2010
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What do Albert Einstein, I.M Pei, and Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google) all have in common? Not only has each of these leaders made invaluable contributions to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math)—and to greater society—they also learned English as a second language.

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