The world keeps growing in all aspects of its inhabitants – technology, culture, awareness of different issues, scientific discoveries, etc. As this happens, so do the very people and the way we all affect each other. This unstoppable progress in our wake will not wait for us, so moving along beside it seems to be the only option we have as human beings.
That’s why the efforts made with STEM should be taken in mind. To be more specific, STEM is what we need because of the doors it can open for us. Some examples on this are as follow:
Students who receive one of the Innovations Labs in their campuses are able to get hands-on training as one of the options in learning directly from practice. Tools in these labs include mobile furniture, a robotics court, netbooks, and SPARK handheld science learning devices. These will allow students to make data analyses of the environment and learn exactly how the scientific process works.
A great reason for incorporating STEM into our schools is how much time can be saved by using the newer, more efficient technology that is offered. The probeware available reduces the time it takes to set-up and clean-up, as well as the time it takes for students to gather their data. In hindsight, this also implies that labs in classes, such as biology, can be used in a much shorter time span than traditional ones.
Another reason this is increasingly important is how parents can also be informed and included in the STEM programs. Many schools have STEM events on different nights that usually occur two to three times a year. These are specifically held so that parents can be engaged with their children as they guide their mother or father (or both) through a lab activity they have completed. Everyone ends up learning in the participation of STEM.
The path to a brighter future.
The best part of STEM is how all students, and parents who want to help, can all cooperate together in learning more and really moving forward in today’s world of science. If STEM keeps going and improving the educational experience in the nation’s schools, then it is only a matter of time before we enter a shift where the future will incline us in making faster and better.
January 6, 2016 | William Miranda
For those who want to reclaim the educational system to Floridians, the time to act is now. Very soon in the coming week, the State Legislature will have its annual session. For the past years, most people have been complaining about immoderate testing, controversial teacher bonuses, an unpleasant graduation rate, and ongoing taxpayer bills for failing charter schools. Fortunately, there is now the opportunity to change all of that.
The idea is to improve how the influence on education affects the community by returning to electing commissioners of education rather than having the state governer appoint them. The current governor has already appointed a new commissioner 4 times and will probably continue to do this until something is done about it. The answer is already obvious – take out the current methods and let Floridians elect a trusted, responisble, and well-known candidate that will surely carry and push future education in the right direction.
Resolutions for the current situation have already been submitted to multiple committees, although these are not exactly like normal legislature bills. Albeit the similarity, these will require a 60 percent vote in each chamber and not a majority vote.
Of course, there is still the ballot once the new amendment passes the Legislature. For those who really want to see some changes made, this will also require 60 percent of the vote, so it is imperative that this is not ignored. Our education defines the future for our country.
January 5, 2016 | William Miranda
As of today, it has been reported by The Florida Lottery that it has given around $29 billion to schools since the late 1980s.
Although that is an extremely handsome amount of money, it is not exactly handled as one might think it would be. Even though the lottery is handing out about $100 million to education every month, there is apparently more to it than just giving money to the community
The lottery makes up very little of the district’s $1 billion budget despite how the campaign is portrayed, according to Lee County School District Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “In terms of how many days we can operate the school district on it, it’s less than I can count on one hand,” said Dr. Adkins.
Dr. Greg Adkins
The funds are divided, then granted, to many different places and causes. Of the $640 million Lee County has received since 1987, all of it has been to the Lee County School District, colleges, scholarships, and school construction. Adkins says that a very small portion of that goes to the classroom. He stresses how the exchanging process actually is in terms of the truth.
“People don’t see the other side of that, it’s expense to administer, it’s expensive to pay the prizes and what actually comes back to the district is a small amount.”
January 5, 2016 | William Miranda
There has been a big victory for the world in electronics – a new invention called an “ocean energy probe” that generates power from falling and rising tides. 15-year-old Florida prodigy Hannah Herbst has created this new device that can convert the energy of an ocean current to electricity that will be able to power a generator, medical devices, and other contraptions. The idea is based from the motion of tide flux and how it can be used in a beneficial way.
Herbst plans to mass produce her invention and give it away to less-developed countries around the world. To be more specific, she wants help out people who don’t have access to electricity, as it has been confirmed that about 70% of the world’s population lacks an abundant supply of such. Herbst believes that helping those in poverty is more important than commercializing and selling her invention for a profit.
She couldn’t have done all of this without the support of her father, who was a dean in the college of education at Florida Atlantic University. When she was in middle school, he signed her up for a summer engineering and technology camp. Although Hannah was more interested in theater and the performing arts, she went and developed new ideas on using renewable energy to produce electricity. She was inspired to use the changing tide as a renewable resource when she went fishing with her father one day.
After that day, her eighth-grade mechatronics teacher urged her to develop her first, functioning prototype. Provided with the materials from her teacher, Herbst began her trial-and-error process that woud eventually result in success with the new probe made.
She then heard about the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, submitted a video of her exceptional project, and won the contest and the $25,000 prize. Herbst proved her motives by donating a good portion of that to charity and continues to work towards her dream of helping the rest of the world.
January 4, 2016 | William Miranda
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has recently taken controversial action towards college education – he wants to emphasize work experience more than anything else so that students don’t have to take classes for the careers that they might pursue. Of course, there is a more profound reason as to why Rubio would dare attempt a stand like this on the entire community.
Rubio believes that liberal arts colleges have nothing to do with education and that they continue existing because leftists are protecting their “friends” there. More disturbing is the fact that he is promoting exactly what he did in college that got him to where he is now. Instead of attending most of his high school and college classes, Rubio skipped school to drink with his friends and took up work experience for most of his educational years while remaining mostly as a “C” student as reported by ABC News.
On top of all this questionable information, Rubio was still able to become a politician with the help of Norman Braman, a billionaire Florida car dealer, who has generously pledged a whopping $10 million to the Rubio Presidential campaign and has hired him to work as a lawyer in his company, Braman Management. This all started when Rubio released a book, An American Son, and was able to earn about $150,000, even though he only sold 42,800 copies in total.
Rubio’s way of undermining college education is to make students use work experience for class credit instead of actually learning anything they want. He also urges that students contract themselves to rich businessmen who will cover their college expenses. Basically, Rubio just thinks liberal arts colleges are pointless and students must take the easy way out by selling their souls to whoever invests in them. Clearly, Rubio has shown to be unfit for a lawmaking position, let alone being able to rule as the President of the United States.
January 4, 2016 | William Miranda
According to StartClass’s analysis, Lafayette County School District has been named the best school district in Florida after a thorough inspection of the county’s high school statistics. Based on educational services, StartClass gives students and their parents valuable information thereof so they can receive the information they need.
As for the educational review, StartClass’s data was from the 2011 – 2012 and 2012 – 2013 school years and was primarily focused on the change in percentile rank in proficiency rates on statewide math and reading tests and the change in percentile rank in high school graduation rates. Between those two factors, the average percentile rank improvement was calculated and the district with the highest increase was voted as the best in Florida.
In the proficiency percentile in the 2011 – 2012 school year, the Lafayette School District was 46th and increased to the 51st proficiency percentile in 2012 – 2013. It was 29th in 2011 – 2012 and increased to the 88th in 2012 – 2013 for the graduation rate percentile.
Astonishingly, the county reached a graduation rate of 93% in 2014 – 2015. Superintendent Robby Edwards is happy that the effort to increase the probability of success for students is finally paying off.
“We are pleased to see this number continuing to grow toward the 100 percent mark. We feel one of the main factors there is the increased number of college and career opportunities we are offering our students.”
Ranked at No. 11 out of all the 46 states that were analyzed, Lafayette County School District came out victorious in Florida with an average percentile change of 32.2%.
January 4, 2016 | William Miranda