Checking out STEM at the local library

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Ames families can soon go to the library to check out kits made by Iowa State University students that contain hands-on activities aimed at teaching young children more about science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and literacy.

Experience of black doctoral students underscores need to increase diversity in STEM fields

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The danger and risk of riding out a storm is symbolic of the decision black men make to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. They do so knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers described by black men who shared their experiences as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected.

Transforming teachers’ learning environments with emerging technologies

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Evrim Baran brings educational technology, teacher education, and human computer interaction together in her teaching and research as a new associate professor in the School of Education.

Iowa State partners with third-graders to stage ‘maker theater’

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About 35 School of Education students in Sara Nelson's literacy class and Christa Jackson's geometry class worked with about 75 third-graders in a project called "maker theater" that combined lessons in literacy and geometry.

Improving teaching and learning in large lecture classes

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Michael Brown, a new assistant professor in the School of Education, dedicates his work to improving teaching and learning in large college lecture classes.

STEM-Lit program encourages play to teach K-3 students about science and reading

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STEM-Lit to Go! teaches young children about science, math, technology, engineering, and literature through play. The School of Education and 4-H Clover Kids are piloting the program this summer. It's designed for students in kindergarten through third grade and judging from their response, it's a hit.

New Iowa State STEM camp aims to excite children about learning

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Fifty-two incoming fifth- and sixth-graders will next week engage in hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the first-ever STEM InCYte Camp at Iowa State University.

Renovated labs provide researchers with critical space for advancements

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The College of Human Sciences has completed more than $18 million in building improvements over the past five years. A portion of the renovations are providing researchers with the space and equipment crucial to their high-impact research. Additional updates are critical to remaining competitive and keeping up with student enrollment growth.

Students to showcase jacket with solar panels that charge electronics

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Iowa State University apparel and engineering students will showcase a hiking jacket that uses solar energy to charge electronic devices at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.

Trinect supports science and engineering learning in elementary schools

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Initial results of Trinect — a five-year collaboration between Iowa State University and the Des Moines Public Schools funded by a $4.5 million National Science Foundation grant — show that elementary school teachers and their students are developing a better understanding of engineering, while engineers are learning how to better communicate their craft. The partnerships have opened up a whole new world of discovery.