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Using Stories to Share STEAM: Transcending Barriers with our Hands-On Enrichment

Using Stories to Share STEAM: Transcending Barriers with our Hands-On Enrichment A beloved story just may be the key to taking STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields to new places, or at least, that’s what we found on a recent visit to Saida, Lebanon.  And at NuMinds, taking STEAM to new frontiers is the plan: we want to ignite intense curiosity in students of all backgrounds to [...]

NuMinds Builds 21st-Century Thinkers

NuMinds Builds 21st Century Thinkers In the industry write-up below, NuMinds Business Director for Latin America Tarek Hamdan addresses a growing consensus that the rapidly evolving workforce demands not just newer, sharper "hard skills," but a re-emphasis and integration of those underestimated "soft skills." In a world buzzing with concepts like "AI" and "machine learning" we can forget that our greatest asset is often what makes us most human: [...]

Sputnik in Reverse: Cutting Funding for Advanced Learning in Texas

Sputnik in Reverse: Cutting Funding for Advanced Learning in Texas by Justin Vawter When Sputnik floated by, the U.S. panicked--how could we be behind the USSR in the Space Race? The United States immediately began to examine the quality of its schooling. One year later, the National Defense Education Act established the first federally-funded gifted & talented program. Now, those kids who tinker, create, and (in the process) almost [...]

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Future of EdTech

The Future of EdTech Sage Waelbroeck Do you know how a cell works? Sure, everyone remembers that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell - but what does that really mean? What does a mitochondria do? Or look like? In my public school biology classes, the primary form of learning about the body was reading a monstrous textbook and taking (mostly indecipherable) notes over 30-page chapters that were [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Easy as S-E-L

Easy as S-E-L Sage Waelbroeck SEL, or Social and Emotional Learning, is defined by CASEL as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” In layman’s terms, it’s essentially learning how to handle being a creature [...]

By |November 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The D&D Effect

The D&D Effect Sage Waelbroeck At even our most primitive levels, we humans are storytellers. Primitive humans drew on cave walls, preserving the stories of their day-to-day life. Our religions use parables, or simplistic stories, to impart the wisdom of their most holy persons to their followers. Shakespeare, Homer, and even the unknown author of The Epic of Gilgamesh, have told stories that resonate so deeply across cultures and time [...]

By |October 30th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Strength in Making Mistakes

The Strength in Making Mistakes by Sage Waelbroeck When an infant is learning to walk and falls on their face, what happens? Inevitably some crying is involved but this is part of the learning experience and ultimately, the mastery of walking. This cycle is repeated but with each time learning small things to improve on such as catching themselves, grabbing onto something else for assistance, or learning to hold their [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Back to Space

NuMinds is pleased to announce a collaboration with Back to Space!  Back to Space is an organization dedicated to stirring up a national passion for space exploration via STEM education and media initiatives. Co-Founder Danielle Dallas Roosa is grand-daughter of Apollo astronaut Stuart Roosa and was inspired to launch the effort when she noticed a lack of interest and knowledge about the Apollo missions specifically, and space travel in [...]

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

5 Over-Excitability Superpowers | NuMinds Knowledge Drop (ep12)

5 Over-Excitability Superpowers | NuMinds Knowledge Drop (ep12) Over-excitabilities are assumed to be innate and appear in five forms [pdf-embedder url="https://secureservercdn.net/184.168.47.225/cb4.e29.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Over-Excitability-Checklist.pdf" title="Over-Excitability Checklist"] Download Over-Excitability Checklist PDF [pdf-embedder url="https://secureservercdn.net/184.168.47.225/cb4.e29.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Gifted-101-OEs-Recommendations.pdf" title="Gifted 101 - OEs Recommendations"] Download Recommendations From the Research PDF

By |October 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Is my Child Gifted? | NuMinds Knowledge Drop (ep11)

Is my Child Gifted? | NuMinds Knowledge Drop (ep11) High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker Bertie Kingore, Ph.D. Identification of gifted students is clouded when concerned adults misinterpret high achievement as giftedness. High-achieving students are noticed for their on-time, neat, well-developed, and correct learning products. Adults comment on these students' consistent high grades and note how well they acclimate to class [...]

By |September 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Are You in Your Element?

The idea I had before writing this post came from an upper-intermediate class I taught while I was living in Beirut, Lebanon.  I wanted students to think "outside the box" not only in class but also in life.  Helping our students think creatively is not an impossible task but it can be a challenge. There was a lesson entitled "Eureka" which means, "I have found it!" in Greek.  Students were [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

S.T.E.A.M. – Rolling the Future

S.T.E.A.M. - Rolling the Future According to the visitor research organization, Destination DC, the ever-transient hub of political action and thought, D.C., attracted approximately 20 million people in 2016.  Among its visitors are the elementary, middle, and high school students visiting from every corner of the States by the thousands- many experiencing their first time out of their Locality. In the spring of 2016 I had the unforgettable opportunity [...]

By |April 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Elementary Robotics Course at Camp Pursuit (2017)

B3 Bots Beginning Elementary Robotics (offered in North Dallas)       “A robot (also called a droid) is a machine —especially one programmable by a computer— capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. Robots can be guided by an external control device or the control may be embedded within. Robots may be constructed to take on human form but most robots are machines designed to perform [...]

What do successful grads think you should study?

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By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: University News|

Former student discusses success in the fashion industry

My success is no accident. Etiam consectetur odio erat, quis mattis leo vestibulum non. Fusce ex ligula, tristique quis finibus sed, placerat sed libero. Phasellus convallis, sem ac tristique interdum, purus purus vehicula quam, ut fermentum sem orci in est. Aliquam leo purus, iaculis non condimentum hendrerit, vestibulum quis tortor. Vestibulum quis viverra felis. Vestibulum elementum magna ut diam placerat, in venenatis est egestas. Vivamus at libero auctor, ullamcorper libero [...]

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

How do you best prepare for university?

Focus on exam results. Etiam consectetur odio erat, quis mattis leo vestibulum non. Fusce ex ligula, tristique quis finibus sed, placerat sed libero. Phasellus convallis, sem ac tristique interdum, purus purus vehicula quam, ut fermentum sem orci in est. Aliquam leo purus, iaculis non condimentum hendrerit, vestibulum quis tortor. Vestibulum quis viverra felis. Vestibulum elementum magna ut diam placerat, in venenatis est egestas. Vivamus at libero auctor, ullamcorper libero condimentum, [...]

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

Glossary

THE NUMINDS GLOSSARY Here at NuMinds, we put our own spin on things, but we don't want to leave anyone in the dark with our unique terminology. Here's a breakdown of a few important terms. BRAIN AGE: Let's face it, for many gifted kids the mind seems to have gotten a slight head start on the body. Timmy might be walking around in the body of a third grader, but [...]

By |April 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

10 Books for Bibliotherapy (list to accompany vodcast)

This list of books accompanies our Bibliotherapy Vodcast.  Watch the vodcast and download the handout for great parent-to-kid discussion questions! All links are to our Amazon Affiliate page.  If you're going to make a purchase, we ask that you use these links.  A percentage of the profit is returned to NuMinds, which helps us buy more books.  See, it's a win-win for everyone!

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Vodcast|Tags: , , , , |

The Element: An Inspiration to Re-Envision Education

THE ELEMENT: AN INSPIRATION TO RE-ENVISION EDUCATION April 21, 2013 The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything A BOOK REFLECTION BY BEN KOCH In his 2009 book,  The Element, educational philosopher Ken Robinson makes a heartfelt attempt to rescue the joy, spontaneity, passion and creativity that is being methodically hammered out of curriculum and, hence, our students, by the blind machinery of standardized testing and a politicized understanding of accountability. Robinson's thesis is quite [...]

By |April 21st, 2013|Categories: Book Reflections, Justin Vawter|Tags: , , , |