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Reading together across the miles

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When I became an aunt two years ago, I lived within driving distance and saw my niece at least once a month. I’ve not-so-subtly tried to fuel her interest in books, giving her new board books whenever I see her. I’ve really enjoyed watching her development as a reader: from receptive listener to board book […]

Robotics

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Becker, Helaine Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals Gr. 4–6   32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Alex Ries. This unique book introduces a variety of robotic devices based on animals. Each device is introduced on a two-page spread set up like a video-game-character profile, touching on name, realm, team, super skill, specifications, applications, and […]

What’s the media Feeding us?

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For the past six weeks, I have had the pleasure of teaching an English course to a group of highly motivated high school students enrolled in the summer session of an Upward Bound program. This summer’s book selection — Feed by M. T. Anderson — has spurred a campus conversation that I keep catching snippets […]

Women in STEM

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Though there is an increasing focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the U.S., there remains a gender disparity among workers in these fields. According to a  2011 U.S. Department of Commerce report, women are less likely than men to have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field and they are also […]