Cignition aims to break the summer-slide trend through an online fantasy world called Fog Stone Isle, which helps students retain the difficult math concepts encountered during the school year through crafting activities during the summer months. Designed by neuroscientists, teachers, and game developers, the game engages students in creating, exploring, and learning while crafting structures, battling plants against weeds, making products, and using math in many other real-world ways. As they craft their worlds, students learn the underlying math concepts and build mastery through their application. The system records every game move, enabling measurement of cognitiveabilities, as well as mathematical understanding and skill. Those measurements, in turn, feed a machine learning engine that constantly adapts to every student. Detailed measurements of progress in mathematical understanding and fluency are shared with students, parents, prior-year teachers, and following-year teachers. Because many other activities will be competing for students’ interest, Cignition will be providing extra incentives for students to continue their math learning through the game, including an award of five Nintendo Switch game consoles to the most improved players. Fog Stone Isle is free to schools through programs paid by participating parents; $9.99 covers the cost of the entire summer for an entire family, with progress and performance reports available to parents throughout the summer. Cignition provides help for families of financial need.
Cash-strapped teachers know that grants can bring much-needed monies into the classroom to enhance learning experiences and engage students. But teachers often lack the time to prepare and write grant applications. Incorporating the grant application process into your classroom is a viable solution.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions. More than 5,300 teachers have received PAEMST, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.
OYLA is a popular science magazine for young readers and their families. Every issue offers a look into world-changing discoveries, unsolved mysteries, and surprising scientific principles behind everyday objects.