Dr. Gina Cherkowski recognized as Alberta Women Entrepreneurs’ Emerging Innovator for 2018

By on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog, entrepreneurialism, Girls in STEM, STEM |

STEM Learning Lab’s own Dr. Gina Cherkowski was honoured this week as the recipient of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs’ Emerging Innovator award during their 2018 Celebration of Achievement and Entrepreneur Awards. The annual AWE Awards, held on Wednesday, April 25, recognize women who have made a significant contribution to the business community in Alberta. The...

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Dr. Cherkowski named to the Executive Board of C21 Canada

By on Oct 10, 2015 in Blog |

STEM Learning Lab’s own Dr. Cherkowski is named to the Executive Board of C21 Canada: Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation. C21 Canada is a national, not for profit organization that advocates for 21st Century models of learning in education. The goal of C21 Canada is to witness an accelerated pace of 21st competencies, instructional practices,...

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Girls and Robotics Camp

Girls and Robotics Camp

By on Sep 21, 2015 in Girls in STEM, STEM, Visual Spatial Skills and Learning |

I got to spend this week with Hillary Clinton, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars.  Hillary gave an amazing speech, while Bruno did a headstand and Taylor “shook it off.”  Also, there was a cameo by Queen Beyonce herself.  This amazing experience was created by 8 wonderful girls ages 8-15 during a Robotics camp. As a scientist, I often approach robots as gears and motors...

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STEM Learning Lab Featured In The Calgary Herald

STEM Learning Lab Featured In The Calgary Herald

By on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Thanks to STEM Learning Lab, a handful of Calgary schools are looking at robots as new tool for teaching math and science! It’s no secret — most kids hate math. But what if playing with robots was part of the equation? Rundle College Elementary School is one of a handful of Calgary schools exploring the use of robots to facilitate learning around more daunting...

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Math and Music

Math and Music

By on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Math, Music and Movement Reports show that North American students continue to underperform in mathematics (National Assessment of Educational Programs [NAEP], 2005; National Center for Educational Statistics [NCES], 2009; PISA, 2007 & 2013). This leaves large gaps in our schools, universities, and in our current and future workforce (Gateway, 2006; NSF, 2010;...

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Advancing Women in STEM

Advancing Women in STEM

By on Feb 18, 2015 in Girls in STEM |

“I recently took part on a panel discussion at Simon Fraser University’s BCNET conference discussing ideas and thoughts on how to attract and retain more women in information technology fields (IT). With me there were three other fabulous women who are veterans in the industry. We all had the same goal: to shed a light on women in the Science,...

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STEM and Math

STEM and Math

By on Feb 11, 2015 in Featured, STEM |

Since the launching of Sputnik, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields have been flagged as increasingly important (Schoenfeld, 2001). This trend continues today (National Science Foundation [NSF], 2010). In fact, “STEM” is the most frequently occurring word in our current Information Age (Lefkowitz, 2014). The reason for this is simple;...

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STEM equals opportunities for all!

STEM equals opportunities for all!

By on Feb 11, 2015 in Featured, Girls in STEM |

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs. 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend upon mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. While women comprise 48% of the US workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. 75% of...

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Visual Spatial Skills and Learning

Visual Spatial Skills and Learning

By on Feb 11, 2015 in Featured, STEM |

Visual spatial skills are critical for learning and understanding. In addition to enabling us see, interpret, and understand the world around us, visual spatial skills help us add pictures to stories, connect meanings to symbols, perform and appreciate the arts, and enable us to make critical connections between what we see and understand. Visual spatial skills are...

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