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Classroom motivation experts target out-of-school programs

Lee Shumow and Jennifer Schmidt
Jennifer Schmidt and Lee Shumow wrote the book – literally – for teachers seeking the best ways to motivate high school students to learn and love science. Now the educational psychology professors from the NIU College of Education are turning their attention to after-school and summer projects that enroll underserved and underrepresented youth. Schmidt and Shumow, who…

September STEM Café tackles the physics of football

Juwan Brescacin
Everyone knows that football is a physical game, but few people stop to think about the actual physics behind it. Newton’s laws describe football players on the field just as well as carts on a track or balls rolling down ramps. And what better way to gain an understanding of bodies in motion than to watch…

NIU students mentor young African-Americans in STEM

NIU student Jessica Puckett mentors a SEEK camper.
When it comes to STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education leaders note a substantial disparity in the participation and retention rates among African-Americans. The low number of students of color pursuing STEM degrees, and the absence of underrepresented students obtaining those degrees, is only becoming more critical. Members of the National Society of Black…

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