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Fall Parking and International Computer Programming Success

July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents, I hope you’re all having a great week. The week here has been wonderful, as the weather has ranged from 90s and humid to 60s and cool, and from pouring rain to bright and sunny. As you might guess, there’s never a dull moment here! As Track B gets closer to conclusion, it’s [...]

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Doing science rather than just reading about it is a good way to engage middle-school students.

Michigan Tech Receives $5 Million from Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to Reform Middle-School Science Education

July 21, 2014

Young children are naturally curious about everything around them. They want to know how and why things work.  Then, around middle school age, many of them lose that natural attraction to science and engineering.

A team of university and public school educators in Michigan say they know what’s wrong with middle school science education. And, with a $5 million, three-year grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, they intend to develop and test some solutions.

“In Michigan and most of the nation’s schools, STEM instruction consists of a series of seemingly unrelated courses that require students to memorize . . .

Eric Rinkus, Ryan McNamara, and Tom Holmes.

Programmers Score Russian Success: Finished as Top Michigan School

July 21, 2014

A team of current and former Michigan Tech students did well at the recent International Collegiate Programming Competition. They finished 64th of 122 schools from across the globe and the top school from Michigan. The team included Tom Holmes, computer science; Ryan McNamara, recently graduated math major; and Eric Rinkus, computer science, along with coach Jason Hiebel, PhD student in computer science.

The competition was held at Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The 122 teams were finalists from an original 2,300 universities.

There was not a lot of time for sightseeing.

“Honestly, we didn't get to see a whole lot . . .