Posted by Shane on December 20, 2013

Last week was Computer Science Education Week (December 9th through December 15th, 2013). With that came the Hour of Code initiative designed to get as many people as possible to learn some computer science and programming basics. In order to try to help out, STEM Fuse created an interactive online game development tutorial called Flip the Robot Monkey which is still available on the...

Posted by Jessica on December 17, 2013

Have you noticed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies popping up all over the US in the last few years? Why are they becoming such a big deal? Here is the short answer…The US needs to make changes if we want our children to have jobs and our economy to thrive. Currently, there is a disconnect between the skills that many US employers need an employee to possess and the number of candidates that are actually qualified to fill that need. In fact, there are...

Posted by Carter on December 13, 2013

As we are well into the 21st obvious that technology is changing, and for the most part, improving our lives. In some cases the U.S. K-12 education system has been a driver, if not a creator of these technological advancements. Think the CMS industry. In other cases the U.S. K-12 system has been slow to adapt. Think biomedicine. Century (anybody remember Y2K?) is has become beyond

There are many reasonable reasons (is that even close to grammatically ok?) why the U.S. K-12 system has...

Posted by Adam on December 10, 2013

STEM Fuse Develops Free “Hour of Code” Game Project

Sioux Falls, SD – According to the U.S. Department of Labor there will be more than 1 million open computer programming jobs in the U.S. by 2020. Meanwhile, less than 2.4% of college students  graduate with a degree in computer science and that percentage has fallen steadily over the past decade.

To reverse this trend, and significantly grow the number of computer science students within the U.S. the Hour of Code...

Posted by Summer on December 05, 2013

I chose this topic for several reasons, but most importantly to try and get a better handle on Common Core as a whole. What does it mean? How does it affect schools? Do teachers lose control? Are their standards for all courses?

My love for Google is well documented, so my first thought was to simply google “Common Core”. That was sure fun, talk about information overload. My first question (what is Common Core?) was answered pretty quickly: The Common Core State Standards...

Posted by Deb on December 02, 2013

E-Learning.  You have probably heard this term a lot.  In fact, by now most of us (or our children) have taken some online courses to supplement or earn a degree.  But, perhaps you don’t know what all it includes.  It’s not simply what most think of as just learning on the computer without a teacher (asynchronous learning –usually self-paced).  It is much more than that.  E-learning is described as the use of any electronic media and information and communication technologies used in...

Posted by Shane on November 27, 2013
Java Android Games

What is Java?

Java is a computer programming language that can be used to build many different types of applications, including games. One benefit about programming in Java is that it can be easily used on multiple platforms. This means you can build a game in Java on a Windows machine, and play the game on a Mac...

Posted by Jessica on November 21, 2013

Twice a year STEM Fuse offers a competition for students all across the United States to put their best coding skills to work with a program/software called Game Maker. The “Got Game?” Contest is a natural offshoot of STEM Fuse’s GAME:IT programming courses that were created to inspire middle school and high school students to learn how the individual facets of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) come together when developing a video game. Students are required to “dream up”...

Posted by Tyler on November 19, 2013

According to the 2011 National Survey on STEM education, STEM educators reported a lack of funding and professional development for teachers as the two major barriers to the realization of 21st century classrooms. Due to the growing need for quality STEM training and material many education grant sources are placing STEM education as a top priority at all grade levels.

STEM education grants work to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines, strengthen the STEM...

Posted by Kari on November 14, 2013

Unless you’ve been living in a cave or under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard about the nationwide push for increased education in science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.  But why? And why these four together? 

STEM education combines the competencies and skills of all four disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students now have the opportunity to use technology with ...

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