Wayne Bishop posted Sep 16, 2012 9:30 AM: >For the uninitiated, STEM, means Science, Technology, >Engineering,and Mathematics with a strong national push >for properly educating many more US students to be competitive in these areas and, of necessity, the teachers to meet that need.
>Focus on the essential mathematics, careful reading, and >science courses? How simplistic; that's what Legos are for. Crossfile under, "some things that are impossible to make up" and "some things that are impossible to parody".
>http://www.oregonlive.com/north-of-26/index.ssf/2012/09 >/forest_heights_eighth-grader_p.html > >Wayne > On once again looking carefully through that item pointed to by Wayne Bishop, "Forest Heights eighth-grader plans free Lego robotics camp for STEM education", I am moved to ask again:
Just what is found in that item that's contrary to the values that Dr Bishop claims he wants to promote in schools: "Focus on the essential mathematics, careful reading, and science courses"???
In what way does that eighth-grader's remarkable, quite sizable and, in my opinion, MOST laudable initiative to get his fellow students interested in, say, robotics, work against Dr Bishop's claimed values?
I ask the above not at all rhetorically or sarcastically as I really would like to know: I plan to point in my forthcoming workshops to young Michael Ioffe's notable initiative as a worthy instance of exactly the kind of 'learning values' that teachers should strive to inculcate in their students.
GSC ("Still Shoveling Away!" - with due apologies to Mr Barry Garelick)