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mySci program: Empowering students, instilling confidence in teachers

By myralopez on April 15, 2017 in mySci, Science

In the big picture, Jennifer Besowshek is a Twitter newbie. She only joined the social media network in November 2016. But in that short amount of time this second-grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary School in the Wentzville School District has become an active user and one of her favorite s...

500 girls explore STEAM careers at Washington University

By Public Affairs on March 9, 2017 in Community Engagement, Science, STEM

The science is clear: girls think boys are better at science. That’s wrong, of course. Still, subtle and not-so-subtle messages from parents, teachers and the media lead girls to doubt their abilities. The result: enormous gender gaps in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. “B...

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...