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IX Reasons STEM Needs Title IX: Lessons from Center Court

Title IV Janine Ingram

I’m a Title IX girl. Signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, it reads "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” I was 11 when the regulations became effective in 1975. Despite opposition to Title IX in the courts and inconsistent compliance on them, strong and talented female scholarship athletes began to emerge from the shadows and on to the center of courts, pools, fields and tracks in universities throughout the country. The words “athletics” or “sports” are never mentioned, yet the effect of Title IX on female athletes is remarkable. By 1978, I was nearly 6 feet tall and ripping down offensive boards at Olympian Nancy Dunkle’s summer basketball camp, one of over 100 girls with newly possible college hoop dreams. In 1982, the strong, talented female scholarship athlete nervously awaiting her first collegiate jump ball was me.

New Adventures in STEM Education

Kids in Math Lab
By James Howes, Teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School

“Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head”


Math Fair Educates, Delights and Inspires


Did you know that the United States has only one math museum, while other countries such as Germany have as many as 12? Here at MIND Research Institute, we believe that creating powerful and engaging math experiences for kids is what builds a love of mathematics, perseverance and life-long learning. One math museum in the entire country just isn’t enough. That is why we spent the last weekend with 4,200 children and families celebrating all that is math at what we’ve been calling a “pop-up” math museum.

Can Digital Learning Tools Decrease Teacher Effectiveness?

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By Jeremy Vidito, Starr Commonwealth Educational Service

Can digital learning tools decrease teacher effectiveness? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. In the same way that television can improve student achievement if students are engaged with stimulating content that is monitored, and students are guided through reflection and analysis that align to content standards. I recently began watching Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series “Cosmos.” In a few short episodes I learned more about physics, space and biology than I learned in most of my high school courses. But I can watch nine seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” which, while quite humorous, is not teaching me new content or expanding my understanding of material in the same way Tyson’s show does. Digital learning has the same spectrum of material, and if teachers do not effectively monitor and guide students, then it can be a waste of time and it can decrease teacher effectiveness. We learned this lesson the hard way at Starr Detroit Academy.   

Math Midway 2 Go


As we write this, exhibits, games and one-of-a-kind math experiences are being set up in the Bren Events Center, where we expect 2,500 people to come and play with math at our inaugural Math Fair on Saturday. While we’ve called our Math Fair a “pop-up” museum, there is only one permanent math museum in the U.S.: The Museum of Mathematics in New York City. We are excited to have their traveling exhibit, Math Midway 2 Go, at our Math Fair for guests to enjoy.

Math Mystery Theater Uses Virtual Classroom Technology

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Registration is filling up fast for our Aug. 2, Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun -- a free, family-fun event that will excite young minds as they interact with mathematically-themed activities, games, exhibits and performances. One feature unlike anything you’ve seen will be our Math Mystery Theater!

How A "Pop-Up Museum" Is Getting Kids Excited About Math


Photo: Children create patterns and tessellations with brightly colored magnetic shapes in the Miles of Tiles exhibit, featured at the 2014 Math Fair.

2014 Math Fair: Learning Through Play

Lil Mathematician Zone

As we talked about last week, when we shared the iConic Bounce house, the entire MIND Research team is getting excited for the 2014 Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun. Today we are highlighting the Lil’ Mathematician Zone, an experience designed especially for math fair participants who are in preschool, transitional kindergarten or kindergarten.

Technology that Helps Humanity

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By: Alexis Raymond, Cisco

The Internet of Everything is beginning to transform every aspect of our lives. Can we still change this world for the better by connecting people, data, process and things?

2014 Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun

iConic Bounce House

As August 2 quickly approaches, the MIND Research Institute team is busily preparing for events and activities unlike anything you -- or even we -- have ever seen before. The 2014 Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun, is all about providing a memorable learning experience, with math-themed activities that excite and inspire kids of all ages. As the event draws closer, Sums & Solutions will provide some sneak peeks at what’s in store for Math Fair participants.

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