Educators in Brazil have embarked on a liberal-arts curriculum that includes language, mathematics and statistics, humanities and the arts, the natural sciences, and the biological and health sciences as an experiment for recruitment and meeting the educational needs of an extemely diverse student population. They posit that disadvantaged students needed to learn more about abstract reasoning, the natural world, quantitative and qualitative research, and other subjects they would otherwise never encounter. Below are two perspectives; an administrator and a student in the program.…..
“These kids haven’t seen great films, they haven’t read great literature, they don’t speak foreign languages,” Mr. Knobel says. “I think it will open doors and broaden horizons.”
“The most difficult thing is adapting to the pace, to the demands, being in class all day long,” says Ms. Valeria, recalling her first year. “At school we studied five hours a day. We are here from 10 to 6. There’s a lot of reading and a lot to take in.”
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Tacoma MESA students, teachers and parents had a fun STEM experience at the Pacific Lutheran University this past Tuesday, March 27th. The students presented their capstone projects in Digital Media, Engineering designs and in communication. Several students also demonstrated their pilot prosthetic arm devices. Congratulations and “Well Done” Tacoma MESA staff. https://sites.google.com/a/plu.edu/tacoma-mesa/
This Saturday March 24th 2012, MESA students in Vancouver will showcase their efforts in design engineering during the annual MESA day at Clark College Vancouver. A great place to observe PBL and student engagement in action.
See you there!
Rogers High School students participate in
the Wind Energy Challenge.
The annual Wind Energy Challenge hosted by the Spokane MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Center has area middle school students excited about science. After perfecting their designs, 170 eighth grade MESA students from six Spokane public schools will test their windmills’ abilities to convert energy into both mechanical and kinetic power. Full WSU News story »
Washington MESA Days are here!!
This is a time when MESA partners and supporters join to encourage our K-12 students in their engineering designs wind energy competition. The students compete with corresponding research in windmill designs for sustainable energy production.
I would like to hear from teachers about their thinking regarding the Conceptual Framework for the New K-12 Science standards. The draft framework identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. Follow the link below to read more:
A car wash helps raise money for MESA at Napa Valley College. Photo by Rebecca Huval/Register.
The Napa Valley Register highlights the MESA program at Napa Valley College, noting its growth over the last decade and the importance of providing a place to study with peers away from part-time jobs and family issues. The article includes student perspectives and describes funding challenges. Full article »
Writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Marybeth Gasman relates her conclusion that “we know how to increase the success of African Americans in the STEM fields.” She summarizes several ways that institutions with strong track records in STEM achievement for African Americans have been successful—many of which parallel MESA methods. Full article »
Rashanah Botley, director of MESA at Edmonds Community College. Photo by Mark Mulligan / The Herald.
The Everett Herald traces Rashanah Botley’s path from single mom on state assistance to Seattle Pacific University honors graduate to director of the MESA program at Edmonds Community College. The article goes into the statistics that underlie the need for MESA programs. Full article »
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) brought together members of Congress, administration officials, and academics to discuss issues facing minorities in getting college degrees in the STEM disciplines. As part of the day’s events, NACME released its Community College Transfer Study which examines the role of community colleges as a critical pathway to meeting the national crisis in STEM education and analyzes the current and future role of community colleges in developing and expanding the ranks of graduates in these areas. Full press release »