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In Search of the Next Steve Jobs: Increasing Innovation by Connecting STEM and Art

Margaret Honey, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, concurred with Bonamici’s concerns about testing. “It’s not often in this town that you hear policymakers stand up and say we’re doing too much testing,” Honey said. “Putting too much emphasis on accountability is eliminating creativity and passion in learning.”

Honey spoke about a Montessori teacher who told her students to take off their shoes, put on a pair of new white socks, and play outside. When the students return to the classroom, the teacher told the students to look at the things that stuck to their socks and begin to think about the processes of sorting and classifying.

“What I love about that story is it’s about delight,” Honey said. “It’s about joy. It’s about pleasure. It’s about fun. And all of those ingredients should be part of how we think about learning.”

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What is the Maker Movement & why is it important?

Margaret Honey talks about the Maker Movement and its goals. She discusses how the movement stresses the do it yourself approach to learning and creativity. According to Honey, her organization the New York Hall of Science recently sponsored the second largest Maker Fair with more than 900 makers and 100,000 visitors.

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What is the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) program?

Margaret Honey explains the mission behind the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) program located in San Jose, California. She explains how the organization uses donated materials from local companies to create kits that teachers can use for hands-on SEMT projects in their classrooms.

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FSTC celebrates handover to Los Angeles

17th March 2011, New York. Hundreds of VIP guests attended an exclusive event to celebrate the forthcoming transfer of the 1001 Inventions exhibition, from New York city to its new home in Los Angeles, opening 25th May 2011. As part of the ceremony, the CEO and President of NYSCI, Dr. Margaret Honey,

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Why engineering should be a part of every elementary classroom?

Today’s students are tomorrow’s engineers.” While statements such as this are meant to inspire, it is actually more accurate to say that today’s students are engineers. After all, any child who has ever built a tower using blocks, or constructed a fort or a dollhouse, or designed a virtual world in a video game has engaged in engineering.

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A Parent’s Role in STEM Education

Like countless immigrants before her, Angelica Salgado came to the United States to provide a better life for her family. Like many newcomers in the Corona section of Queens, Angelica works hard to give her three children the best of what New York schools have to offer. She trusts that the school system and teachers “will do right” by them.

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Why Hacking, Tinkering, and Tech Aren’t Just for White Boys?

It’s called the “Week of Making,” a White House–sponsored initiative to celebrate and encourage young and older “tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs” who create innovations that push technology and the nation into the future. From June 18 to 24, President Barack Obama—