WashU undergrads teach local biology students

On Saturday, November 30, the lower level classrooms in Bauer Hall at Washington University were alive with activity. High school students raced from one side of a classroom to catch a falling balloon before it touched the ground, while next-door, students showed off their best dance moves. However, all this was in the name of […]

Answering the call

In a brightly lit forum of the Brown School’s new Hillman Hall, a collection of Washington University leaders addressed the recent calls to action made by the Ferguson Commission. In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon formed the Commission to take an honest assessment of the underlying issues the community […]

Inspiring future STEM leaders

The gym at University City High School buzzed with the energy and anticipation of a pep rally. However, the teams present came not for a battle of brawn but of brains. For Washington University undergraduate Mani Raman, the scene at U City’s First LEGO League (FLL) Fall Warm-Up was a familiar one. Raman served as […]

WashU professor brings neuroscience to area students

Most adults can remember their childhood dream job and their aspirations to become the next great sports star, ballet dancer, veterinarian or teacher. For Erik Herzog, professor in the School of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, he always knew that he wanted to be a scientist, but more specifically a scuba-diving […]

Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, region’s first all-girls charter school, launches with help from Washington University

Program puts the ‘E’ in STEM education with innovative engineering curriculum Launching this month, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls will offer sixth and seventh-grade girls a rigorous education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But Hawthorn’s curriculum covers more than formulas and algorithms, said founder Mary Danforth Stillman. “What makes us unique is not […]

mySci takes on middle school

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University has partnered once again with the Monsanto Fund to bring high quality science education to students in St. Louis.The Monsanto Fund awarded the ISP with a $1,935,000 grant, beginning July 1st, 2015. Over the three-year grant, the ISP will create a hands-on, inquiry and project-based science […]

Building engineers at Cardinal Ritter

With steady hands, a team of high school students carefully placed a pack of index cards on top of a tower made only of straws and paper clips, holding their breath to see if it would stand. For one school day, Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP) worked alongside Cardinal Ritter College Prep High […]

First times and final flights

Through the ups-and-downs of perfectly timed launches and devastating crashes, first-time and veteran flyers from area schools tried their hand at going the distance. In the Washington University Field House, 36 teams from 14 different schools across the region gathered to test their engineering might in the final flight of the Boeing Engineering Design Challenge. […]

Bridging the gap, elementary STEM

With the help of toothpicks, marshmallows and some sticky fingers, a group of Airport Elementary students from Ferguson-Florissant School District stepped into the shoes of engineers for an afternoon. The K-12 Ambassadors from Washington University in St. Louis joined an initiative at the school to help connect young learners with more opportunities in science, technology, engineering […]

High school students engage at animal behavior event

With the help of blindfolds, toilet paper rolls and candy prizes, high school students from around the St. Louis area spent their Saturday learning about animal behavior and evolution in a manner that looked a lot more like games. For the third year in a row, undergraduates from Washington University in St. Louis designed and held […]