Breast Cancer 101

When you think of Angelina Jolie, what comes to mind? Jolie is often in the news attending red carpet events, promoting movies, and traveling as a United Nations representative. On May 14, Angelina Jolie made headlines across the country for a different reason. The New York Times published an op-ed piece written by Jolie in which she […]


A Look through Google Glass at the Future

Last week was an exciting one for tech fans across the country. Google released prototypes of Google Glass to a few lucky thousand who completed a short application, and paid $1,500. If you are not a tester, do not expect to use Google Glass anytime soon. Testers had to sign a contract which forbids sharing […]


Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Last week, President Obama headed across the border to Mexico and Costa Rica. His trip included a visit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Officially, they discussed economic cooperation between the neighboring countries. However, Mexico and the United States must also face immigration and drug violence together. This week Mexico will again be on many minds […]


Extreme Microbes

From plague to super-hot environments, microbes are extreme survivors and thrivers. Buried for seven centuries, the Black Death was recently unearthed in London. While excavating for a new rail line, thirteen bodies were found lined up in a row with evidence they were laid there in the mid-14th Century. Experts believe they may have been some […]


Let’s Play with STEM

Last month we familiarized ourselves with the organizations that support and drive the STEM efforts in the K-12 realm. The amount of resources available to educate, advise, and train teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields are impressive and meaningful.  The future of this nation will rely heavily on the innovation and problem-solving […]

Rescuing Algebra

A lot of people love to hate algebra. “It’s confusing,” they say. “It’s boring,” they say. “When will I ever use this?” they ask. Algebra is where we lose so many students. We all know it is true, yet somehow we seem powerless to prevent it. But the truth is that algebra is a puzzle, […]

Reading Nonfiction

Take the grunting and groaning out of reading nonfiction. Help students build their nonfiction reading muscles. Students often complain that reading nonfiction is unwieldy, unpleasant, difficult. Instead, many readers are drawn to fiction. Older ELA curricula support this by focusing on fiction and prose, and including only narrative nonfiction, such as biographies. Other nonfiction, including […]

Objects in the 3rd Dimension

Not only are 3-D figures and polyhedra fascinating to look at, they are captivating concepts for math students of all ages. Exploring 3 dimensional solids; their faces, vertices, edges and how they interconnect, helps students to visualize real world objects. Spatial recognition and awareness is an innate ability that develops throughout life and leads to […]


150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Neither side expected to make a stand in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Yet on July 1, 1863, Union and Confederate troops collided at this picturesque town. What followed was three days of intense fighting that changed the course of the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most important battles during […]

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