STEM http://kplu.org en This Weekend's GeekGirlCon Aims to Attract Girls to STEM Careers http://kplu.org/post/weekends-geekgirlcon-aims-attract-girls-stem-careers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekened, Seattle's Convention Center is getting overrun by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">thousands of women and girls gathered for the annual</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://www.geekgirlcon.com/" target="_blank">GeekGirlCon</a>&nbsp;event</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But the convention is not just about gaming.</span></p><p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:40:48 +0000 Florangela Davila 10557 at http://kplu.org Why are kids in Federal Way playing with a nuclear reactor? http://kplu.org/post/why-are-kids-federal-way-playing-nuclear-reactor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a quiet Federal Way garage, a group of students is getting the chance to do something they’d never get away with at school – build and run a thermonuclear reactor.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The project aims to </span>reimagine<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7770 at http://kplu.org Why are kids in Federal Way playing with a nuclear reactor? Seattle's science experiment: A STEM school for the early grades http://kplu.org/post/seattles-science-experiment-stem-school-early-grades <p>Many jobs of the future will be in fields that go by the shorthand “STEM”: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But these are precisely the subjects where many American students are falling short. Educators are responding by creating STEM-focused schools, and in Seattle officials are breaking ground by pushing that emphasis back into younger classes, all the way to kindergarten.</p><p>Principal Shannon McKinney is in charge of figuring out how to build one of the first STEM elementary schools in the Northwest. K-5 STEM at Boren, as it’s awkwardly named, is in West Seattle, but any elementary student in the district can apply for a spot here.<br><br>As the school wraps up its first semester, McKinney and her team are still working out what a STEM education for Seattle’s youngest learners should look like.<br> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7191 at http://kplu.org Seattle's science experiment: A STEM school for the early grades Are schools becoming too obsessed with sci-tech? http://kplu.org/post/are-schools-becoming-too-obsessed-sci-tech <p>Many of the efforts to improve schools in Washington are focusing on science and technology, and some leading educators are concerned that&rsquo;s coming at the expense of a well-rounded education. They&rsquo;re forming a group to advocate for liberal arts learning.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5655 at http://kplu.org Are schools becoming too obsessed with sci-tech?