STEM Inside: Arts-integrated STEM learning programs

STEM learning
Jul 27 2017

Teens from marginalized communities often contend with strong cultural messages and under-resourced schools that discourage them from pursuing STEM learning. How can programs that embed science, computational and design skills inside other activities—like participating in science events at outdoor music festivals—build student interest, develop their skills and shift their perceptions of what science is and can be for them?

STEM education projects showcased in NSF event

May 15 2017

Four University of Washington College of Education projects aiming to expand access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities will be featured during the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase: Research & Design for Impact taking place May 15 to 22.

AERA Highlight: Motivation and the STEM gender gap

Cascade Middle School
Apr 28 2017

As attention continues to focus on the persistent gender gap in STEM fields, a new study from the University of Washington College of Education sheds light on the role of motivation.

In exploring four key subconstructs of motivation shown to influence students’ STEM outcomes (identity, utility, self-efficacy and interest) the UW researchers found that relationships between motivation constructs and STEM outcomes aren’t moderated by gender, providing additional evidence that gaps aren’t a result of inherent differences between male and female students. 

AERA Highlight: Re-orienting youth learning through making

STEAM camp
Apr 27 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington College of Education shared their work to realize the promise of making and tinkering for diverse audiences during the American Educational Research Association’s 2017 annual meeting.

Making science education more inclusive

Carly Roberts
Apr 17 2017

Science is a window to the world, and for Carly Roberts, it’s an opportunity for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to create stronger connections with their peers.

Making math class more like mathematics

Tracy Zager
Feb 6 2017

Boring. Stressful. Humiliating.

For many students, those are the feelings most commonly associated with math class.

Tracy Zager (MIT ‘02) grew up loving to solve puzzles and riddles, but by high school a series of bad experiences put her on the brink of giving up math altogether. One of Zager’s family friends made her promise to give it another try in college, however, and her experience in an experimental, project-based calculus class changed her perspective forever.

New partnership aims to improve equity, coherence in science education

ACESSE Collaboration
Jan 9 2017

Learning scientists from the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Boulder, along with educators, are embarking on a national effort to make science learning more coherent and equitable.

Math educators author Teaching Channel's top blog post

Elementary mathematics
Dec 28 2016

Two math educators at the University of Washington College of Education co-authored the most read blog post of 2016 on the Teaching Channel’s Tchers’ Voice blog.

Alum spreads joy of math

Sam Woodard
Sep 16 2016

Is there a way that smartphones can decrease achievement gaps in math classes?

Sam Woodard, co-founder and CEO of the app MathChat, believes that they can. After graduating from the University of Washington College of Education with a Masters in Teaching in 2013, Woodard went on to teach in various K-12 settings, including Cleveland High School in Seattle.

Revealing the STEM in Them

STUDIO: Build Our World
Sep 15 2016

The latest edition of Research That Matters, "The Power of Partnership," explores how the UW College of Education is working with schools, educators and communities to make learning come alive for all students. The following story about a College partnership with Neighborhouse House to provide hands-on STEM learning opportunities to low-income, immigrant and refugee youth also appears in the online version of the magazine.