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10 Resources to Help You Empower Girls in STEM

10 Resources to Help You Empower Girls in STEM

It’s no secret that the STEM fields are struggling with an incredible gender gap problem. Even though they made up over 57% of the workforce in 2015, women only account for 46% of science professionals, 24% of computer and math professionals, 15% of engineering and architecture professionals and 10% of advanced manufacturing professionals (STEM2.org) — and those numbers aren’t exactly skyrocketing. According to a 2018 National Science Board survey, only 28% of STEM workers are women.

So, why are women so underrepresented in the STEM fields?

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Drone Laws are Changing! Are You Prepared for the New FAA Drone Laws?

Drone Laws are Changing! Are You Prepared for the New FAA Drone Laws?

If you are a recreational drone pilot, how and where you fly is about to change. Whether you’re a hobbyist, educator or anyone else flying without compensation, the FAA is preparing to release a new set of airspace authorization laws in the Summer of 2019, and it’s up to you to make sure you or your flyers continue to pilot legally.

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2019 Idaho TSA Drone Challenge

2019 Idaho TSA Drone Challenge

On March 8th, 2019, seven student teams gathered in Twin Falls, Idaho, for the ultimate test of drone knowledge and flying prowess. At the 2019 TSA Drone Challenge, the pre-competition atmosphere was buzzing. Teams were working laps in the practice tent, making last-minute adjustments to their drone as they rehearsed the critical lift-and-drop for the relay test, while others practiced reciting their presentations, ready to give it their all — with a title on the line, the excitement was palpable.

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The Best Drone for STEM Education

The Best Drone for STEM Education

So, you want to bring cutting-edge STEM solutions to your students. You’ve leafed through pamphlets and sales catalogs, weighed the pros and cons of different programs and finally decided that this is the semester you bring the people what they want — drones. 

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Student Grouping Strategies to Maximize Engagement

Student Grouping Strategies to Maximize Engagement

If you've ever studied probability, odds are, you’ve calculated some combinations. Let’s see if you can put your skills to the test in this real-world problem: In a class of 30 students, how many ways can you group them if you want five per group? (Answer: 142,506 possible groups.) In other words, a ridiculous amount of possibilities even before considering the decisions still to come. Do you change groups for every project or keep them the same for an entire semester? Do you vary ability levels or group learners with similar aptitudes? Do you let students create their groups or assign them into carefully selected teams? It’s a tough cookie, we know — so let’s take a closer look at some of these grouping options and analyze when they would be most effective.

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Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: How to Create an Engaging Learning Environment

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: How to Create an Engaging Learning Environment

In late 2007, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D., shook the psychology world with her publication of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In the book, Dweck details her simple, yet groundbreaking discovery of the power of one’s mindset. From education and sports to work and the arts, nearly every area of our lives, at its core, is dramatically influenced by how we perceive our own abilities and skills.

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