STEM

Sally Elgin: Lessons learned in a life of science

By myralopez on April 27, 2018 in Faculty & Staff

Nowadays Sally Elgin would probably be referred to as gifted or talented. But in the 1950s, a really smart girl was obnoxious or a nerd. “I come from a long line of nerds and it’s not always a good social position to be in,” explains Elgin, the Viktor Hamburger Professor of Arts & Sciences at...

ISP leads Hour of Code

By myralopez on December 7, 2017 in Community Engagement, Science, STEM

“I made it move,” an ecstatic Jalen Royston said as he bolted up from his seat, pumping his fists in the air. He’d inputted the correct code to make clouds on his computer screen move to the left. Sporting a “Hello, I’m Awesome” T-shirt, Jalen, a fifth-grader at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary Schoo...

Integrating computer science in schools

By myralopez on October 15, 2017 in STEM, STEMpact, Teacher Leadership

More than 100 years before the invention of the modern computer, the idea of computer programming existed. Created by a gifted mathematician named Ada Lovelace who wrote instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. “The takeaway from her work is that computational thinking is not...

mySci program doubles in size 2 years in a row

By myralopez on August 15, 2017 in mySci, Science, STEM

Twelve years after its launch, the innovative mySci curriculum program developed by Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership (ISP) and local teacher leaders is seeing incredible growth, doubling in size two years in a row. This school year, St. Louis Public Schools will introduce ...

STEM TQ: developing STEM-capable teachers

By myralopez on July 16, 2017 in STEM, STEMpact, Workshop

Michelle Harrison was scared. She has a fear of touching dead things. And now she was tasked with dissecting a pig heart. But instead of dodging the assignment, Harrison faced her fear, grabbed the scalpel and went to work. “It was eye-opening and I’m so glad I did it,” said Harrison, a sixth-gra...

K-12 Ambassador Spotlight: Aysswarya Manoharan

By WashU on May 16, 2017 in College Access, Community Engagement

K-12 Connections is a partnership of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Institute for School Partnership, and the Office of Government and Community Relations. It connects the Washington University community with volunteer opportunities involving high-needs urban schoo...