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Study Shows Why Kids Sink or Swim in Math Education

Study Shows Why Kids Sink or Swim in Math Education

Most kids who are good or bad at math in first grade are similarly good or bad at math as 15-year-olds. Most but not all. A few get better or worse and a new study shows what’s behind the migration of math ability. Read More

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Help Your Kids Love Learning With LoveMath

Help Your Kids Love Learning With LoveMath

Over the past several weeks I’ve spoken extensively about the LoveMath online learning system from GeekDad’s latest sponsor, GPA Learn. I’ve explored its robust progress tracker as well as its integrated reward system, but something I’ve only touched on is the effectiveness of the tutorials themselves. Read More

Do You Want Your Daughter to Excel at Math and Science? Get a Little Help From GEMS

Do You Want Your Daughter to Excel at Math and Science? Get a Little Help From GEMS

GEMS was started to address the well documented but underserved problem of girls not taking high-level math and science classes in high school, thereby limiting their college and career options. It has evolved over the years into a full-focus STEM program, addressing the dearth of female engineers and computer scientists, in addition to the workforce problem of low numbers of female workers in these fields. Read More

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: Museum of Mathematics

Have Geeklets, Will Travel: Museum of Mathematics

If you’re lucky enough to be in New York, you can visit the museum itself and play with numbers. Hands-on exhibits teach concepts such as fractions, dimensionality, and geometry, making math interesting for everyone from kindergarteners to adults alike. If you don’t live in New York, you still have a chance to try out many of the math games as they crisscross the country in a traveling exhibit called Math Midway. We were fortunate that it came to our local science center prior to the opening of the museum, and the kids loved walking the maze (never making a left turn!), playing with the harmonograph, and trying to figure out the organ function grinder. Read More

Play With Science With PhET

Play With Science With PhET

The University of Colorado, Boulder, has put together a fantastic website called PhET. It’s full of interactive simulations for all branches of science, and for math. The simulations run from the very basic for elementary school students, all the way up to university-level material. Read More