Sending Students "Back to Space" with Simulated NASA Mission Scenarios This month, we’re putting students in the seats at NASA – virtually, that is, at least for now. In partnership with Back to Space, a transmedia organization that aims to ignite curiosity and positivity for science and technology through digital media content, we’re launching a special Back to Space enrichment to mark National STEM/STEAM day on November 8. At our event, students will tackle many of the real challenges NASA scientists faced during the Apollo Space Missions, using our hallmark format: hands-on STEAM challenges grounded by a story to contextualize [...]
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Using Stories to Share STEAM: Transcending Barriers with our Hands-On Enrichment A beloved story just may be the key to taking STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields to new places, or at least, that’s what we found on a recent visit to Saida, Lebanon. And at NuMinds, taking STEAM to new frontiers is the plan: we want to ignite intense curiosity in students of all backgrounds to explore new technologies and cultivate the critical thinking and empathy skills that will equip them for the jobs of the future. A New Challenge While in Saida, Justin Vawter, NuMinds Co-Founder, [...]
The Future of EdTech Sage Waelbroeck Do you know how a cell works? Sure, everyone remembers that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell - but what does that really mean? What does a mitochondria do? Or look like? In my public school biology classes, the primary form of learning about the body was reading a monstrous textbook and taking (mostly indecipherable) notes over 30-page chapters that were split into sections, each section having a variety of off-color graphs, charts, and artist depictions of the inner workings of a… whatever. While educators today are trying a number of creative [...]
Easy as S-E-L Sage Waelbroeck SEL, or Social and Emotional Learning, is defined by CASEL as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” In layman’s terms, it’s essentially learning how to handle being a creature who has emotions and whose existence requires social interaction. Traditionally, this kind of learning has been left to each individual’s own devices. A child was raised with rules and expectations for [...]
The D&D Effect Sage Waelbroeck At even our most primitive levels, we humans are storytellers. Primitive humans drew on cave walls, preserving the stories of their day-to-day life. Our religions use parables, or simplistic stories, to impart the wisdom of their most holy persons to their followers. Shakespeare, Homer, and even the unknown author of The Epic of Gilgamesh, have told stories that resonate so deeply across cultures and time that they have survived through hundreds or even thousands of years, still being told in various forms to this day. Which brings us to today’s storytelling phenomenon: Dungeons & Dragons. It’s [...]
The Strength in Making Mistakes by Sage Waelbroeck When an infant is learning to walk and falls on their face, what happens? Inevitably some crying is involved but this is part of the learning experience and ultimately, the mastery of walking. This cycle is repeated but with each time learning small things to improve on such as catching themselves, grabbing onto something else for assistance, or learning to hold their balance while they take a few more steps forward. This is the power of mistakes. We learn from them. In fact, cognitive scientists have found that mistakes improve learning when followed [...]
S.T.E.A.M. - Rolling the Future According to the visitor research organization, Destination DC, the ever-transient hub of political action and thought, D.C., attracted approximately 20 million people in 2016. Among its visitors are the elementary, middle, and high school students visiting from every corner of the States by the thousands- many experiencing their first time out of their Locality. In the spring of 2016 I had the unforgettable opportunity to work with only a fraction of the young visitors and future influencers who step inside D.C.’s countless immersive educational programs. Quite impressed, I witnessed eager students from Alaska to California, [...]
B3 Bots Beginning Elementary Robotics (offered in North Dallas) “A robot (also called a droid) is a machine —especially one programmable by a computer— capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. Robots can be guided by an external control device or the control may be embedded within. Robots may be constructed to take on human form but most robots are machines designed to perform a task with no regard to how they look.” - Wikipedia Is there anything cooler than seeing your own kid build a robot? How about being able to see [...]
THE NUMINDS GLOSSARY Here at NuMinds, we put our own spin on things, but we don't want to leave anyone in the dark with our unique terminology. Here's a breakdown of a few important terms. BRAIN AGE: Let's face it, for many gifted kids the mind seems to have gotten a slight head start on the body. Timmy might be walking around in the body of a third grader, but his obsession with the injustices of 19th century economic models indicates a slightly more mature "brain age." We make brain age recommendations on our Learning Shoots so that you can make [...]
This list of books accompanies our Bibliotherapy Vodcast. Watch the vodcast and download the handout for great parent-to-kid discussion questions! All links are to our Amazon Affiliate page. If you're going to make a purchase, we ask that you use these links. A percentage of the profit is returned to NuMinds, which helps us buy more books. See, it's a win-win for everyone!