a "maker" EDucation

Down an alley off Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, there's a "maker space" called NuVu Studio, where local high school students leave their classrooms behind to design robots, websites, board games, medical devices, and clothing, among other things. But they're not playing hooky - in fact, it's part of their education.

 

The brainchild of MIT alumnus Saeed Arida PhD '10, NuVu (pronounced "new view") enrolls students from local schools - both during the academic year and the summer - to focus on real-world projects. In so doing, they're exposed to the collaborative, experimental, and demanding design process typical of architectural design studios.

 

"We walk students through a rigorous process to get to this real, final product," says Arida, who modeled NuVu after design studios in MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, where he studied design and computation and taught several studios.

 

Over the course of 11 weeks, students choose to attend a selection of two-week studios under themes such as "science fiction," "health," "home of the future," or this summer's theme, "fantasy." Sometimes, studios even bring students to international destinations - such as India and Brazil - for research.   >> READ MORE  

Grandparents' University at UW-Green Bay continued a proud tradition of multigenerational fun in learning July 10-11, when nearly 200 grandparents and grandkids took part in the eighth annual camp.

"We have 198 people who have registered for Grandparent University," said Camps Director Mona Christensen. "It's a two-day program where grandparents and grandkids sign up for a class that they take together."

 

Nine-year-old Calista Wright was attending her first Grandparents' University with grandma Joanna Cloud.

"It feels very awesome," Calista said, "because you get to have - because I've been having a lot of fun with my grandma."

 

Fun is just one aspect of the two-day experience, Christensen said.

"It's really multifaceted. It's intergenerational learning, so they're spending time with each other. They're learning from each other," she said. "It isn't just the adult teaching the grandkid - it's grandparents learning things that their grandkids know, too. And they're doing things together in the classrooms."   >>READ MORE 

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed
Teaching students that intelligence can grow and blossom with effort - rather than being a fixed trait they're just born with - is gaining traction in progressive education circles. And new research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a "growth mindset" can help many kids understand their true potential.

The new research involves larger, more rigorous field trials that provide some of the first evidence that the social psychology strategy can be effective when implemented in schools on a wide scale. Even a one-time, 30-minute online intervention can spur academic gains for many students, particularly those with poor grades. The premise is that these positive effects can stick over years, leading for example to higher graduation rates; but long-term data is still needed to confirm that.

 

Earlier, well-designed tests of simple and relatively inexpensive growth-mindset interventions had surprisingly shown improvements in students' grades over weeks or months. For instance, promising results from one famous experiment - an eight-session workshop in 91 seventh graders in a New York City school - led psychology researchers Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell to start up Mindset Works, a company that offers a computer-based program called Brainology.   >> READ MORE 

Middle School Scholars to Walk in the Footsteps of U.S. Leaders
Outstanding middle school students from across the United States will take part in an extraordinary leadership development experience, the 2014 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC): Foundations of Leadership I, an Envision program. The program provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.

The Junior National Young Leaders Conference enables students to recognize their own leadership abilities in the context of great men and women from the past and present," said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., the dean of academic affairs for JrNYLC. "They return home with new confidence in their ability to make a positive impact in their school and communities. Washington, D.C., serves as the perfect backdrop for this inspiring program to generate a new generation of U.S. leaders."

 

At the six-day conference, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students take part in fun and exciting workshops and participate in simulations to confront the challenges faced by historic leaders from the nation's past. Scholars also explore historically significant sites such as Harpers Ferry National Park and the National Mall to explore museums, monuments and memorials dedicated to U.S. founding fathers.   

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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers have long been dominated by men, but it would appear that institutions are making major changes in an effort to include more diverse demographics.

 

This year, Harvey Mudd College in southern California graduated 56% women from its engineering program, one of the highest percentages of females in the country, according to its president, Maria Klawe. Klawe spoke on a panel at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference with Time, Inc.'s Chief Technology Officer Colin Bodell, Hearsay Social CEO Clara Shih, and Cisco CEO John Chambers about welcoming more women into STEM careers.

 

Klawe and her team started by including more women in their recruiting brochures, and Klawe wrote a personalized note to all of the female engineering candidates who applied to Harvey Mudd College. STEM has long faced difficulties attracting women, but Klawe decided to rebrand the program with the idea that women in STEM should be considered normal. "We framed [engineering] as creative problem solving," said Klawe, "I have yet to meet a young person who doesn't like to be creative and doesn't like problem solving."  >> READ MORE 

AWARD-WINNING YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM ENTERS ITS 4th WEEK
M. H. West & Co., Inc.'s Young Entrepreneur Program has won the Norfolk Education Foundation's Collaborative Award. The award was presented at their 7th Annual Together In Education Awards Gala & Silent Auction.

M. H. West & Co., Inc. has designed its Young Entrepreneur Program with this in mind. The Young Entrepreneur Program helps youth experience the journey felt by individuals in becoming business owners and in the process pick up skills and guidance that they can use inside and outside of the classroom.

 

The program ties to standards of learning of the state or jurisdiction where the program is implemented. The program can be offered as an enrichment program over several weeks or an extended period to elementary, middle and high school students. Discussions matter and the program revolves around small and large group participation, individual study, internet research, media presentations, roleplaying and site visits.

 

KEY SEGMENTS OF THE PROGRAM
1. Laying the Groundwork
2. Turning Ideas into Action
3. Preparing the Business Plan
4. Opening the Business
5. Evaluating Progress

TARGETED AUDIENCES
* Elementary, Middle and High School Students
* Girls and Boys Club Members
* After School Students
* Summer Camp Participants
* Youth Reentry Citizens
* Administrative, Teaching & Support Staff

PROGRAM SERVICES
* On-Site Program Delivery
* Technical Assistance for Program Development
* Professional Development for Program Staff

Read More About the Young Entrepreneur Program

If you are interested in learning more about the Young Entrepreneurs Club for your school or organization, please contact Marilyn West at 804.782.1938 or consulting@mhwest.com.

FOCUS AREAS  

* Using Math for Sports, Cooking & Entrepreneurship
* Creating Stories Through Scrabble
* Promoting Image through Look Books, Fashion Shows and the Movies
* Connecting with the Neighborhood through Community Service and Volunteerism
* Sharpening Writing Skills through Journal Writing about Guest Speakers and Site Visits
* Using Planning Principles to Support the SEP Graduation Ceremony and Celebration

 

Contact the Summer Enrichment Program Team (Marilyn West, Julian House & Justin House) for more information:  804.782.1938, 888.937.8904, consulting@mhwest.com or www.mhwest.com.

On Friday, the last day of the TechGirlz Summer Entrepreneur Camp, five groups of middle school girls presented their startups to the "Dolphin Tank," a panel of judges who would choose which startup to "invest in."

 

Despite the lighthearted setup, their presentations hardly needed judge sympathy. The 20 girls, decked out in gray T-shirts that read "The next Steve Jobs will be a girl," spoke about revenue models, their process throughout the week-long camp ("First we thought that we should launch worldwide, but we decided to focus locally" said one) and their competitors.  >>READ MORE 

While in some ways it seems as though summer has just started, school is going to be starting before we know it, which means that it is almost time for back-to-school shopping. Depending on how much your little one grew over the summer, the cost of purchasing a new school wardrobe can add up quickly.

 

Luckily, some back-to-school shopping deals are already available, but if you are looking for ways to save even more, check out these tips that will have your child looking stylish without breaking the bank.

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has selected a new president, Eudora High School Principal G.A. Buie. The Kansas principal formally assumed the role July 1 after serving as president-elect of the 20,000-member professional organization for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

"As president-elect this past year, G.A. has been a strong advocate for the needs of secondary schools and their leaders and students and has been a vital contributor to numerous NASSP projects including our strategic plan," said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti, in a prepared statement. "We look forward to G.A.'s continued leadership and know he is the right person to unite all our stakeholders and ensure the voice of the school leader is heard on the federal level. NASSP's mission is to connect and engage school leaders through advocacy, research, education and student programs, and I know G.A. is committed to this mission."   >> READ MORE 

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