Washington University

mySci program boosts science learning, standardized test scores

By Public Affairs on February 9, 2017 in mySci, Science, STEM

Pattonville School District elementary students – at every grade level and of every ability – have made statistically significant gains in science after completing the innovative mySci curriculum developed by the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) at Washington University in St. Louis. The da...

Mentoring the next generation of scientists

By WashU on February 2, 2017 in Community Engagement, Faculty & Staff, Science

Last weekend, Washington University hosted the 7th annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) in Rebstock Hall on the Danforth Campus. The Brain Bee is an international neuroscience competition for students in grades 9-12. This year, 55 students from 44 high schools around the St. Louis region parti...

The evolution of David Kirk

By myralopez on January 9, 2017 in Faculty & Staff

When David Kirk was leaving for college, his father had some parting words for him – professors would try and teach him about evolution and he wasn’t to believe a word they said. The advice wasn’t completely unexpected. Kirk’s dad was religiously ultraconservative. Kirk, professor emeritus in the...

Connecting K-12 students with the arts

By myralopez on December 15, 2016 in Community Engagement, Faculty & Staff

For Joanna Das, sharing her love of the arts with high school students and encouraging their creativity has always been important. As a graduate student, she went against her professor’s advice and decided to teach a Saturday dance class to high school students at the Museum of the City of New Yo...

Being smart is cool

By myralopez on December 10, 2016 in Faculty & Staff, mySci, Science

“It’s OK to be smart, and it’s actually really cool,” Jeanne Norris says. The curriculum coordinator with the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University is sitting at a table typing away on her laptop adorned with a sticker that says, “Be The Nerd.” “I consider myself a standards w...

Pinteresting Thanksgiving classroom activities

By myralopez on November 1, 2016 in Educator Resources, Science

Gobble, gobble! We’ve put together a feast of Thanksgiving activities and crafts for your classroom. Thanksgiving science Collaborative, hands-on activities. [see pin here] Thanksgiving STEM challenges Challenges follow the path of Pilgrims settling in America. [see pin here] Thirsty Thanks...