“Active Learning Zones” College Named World Leader in Engineering Education

MIT Study Names Olin College World Leader in Engineering Education

What a dream school! Olin College creates what we at the CA Math & Science Challenge call sTEm Active Learning Zones” — Hands-on Learning Labs in which students solve Technology and Engineering design problems by applying mathematics and their knowledge of scientific theory… never forgetting that technological “solutions” can create new problems.

“We consider ourselves to be a national educational design laboratory and this study encourages our faculty and students to continue to explore the frontiers of learning. We seek to serve as a proof-of-concept that change can happen in academia and as a catalyst to help others evolving their learning practices and culture.”  — Olin College President, Richard K. Miller

“Among the pedagogical features shared by the current leaders in engineering education are:

  • “multiple opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning,
  • application of user-centered design principles
  • partnerships with industry….
  • multidisciplinary student-centered education that
  • extends across and beyond traditional engineering disciplines and
  • is anchored in issues of ethics and social responsibility.”

Source: MIT Study Names Olin College World Leader in Engineering Education


La Revista Welcomes Jeff Major as new contributor in STEAM Based Learning

Mariana Ludmila (Edularity) Cortés A Says:

“Thanks Jeff Major! We welcome Jeff Major as new contributor to ‘ La Revista ‘”
(a Spanish Language magazine for homeschoolers).

  • Section: Math and Science challenges
  • Article: STEAM-based active learning Zone, #steam

2018 San Diego Botball Challenge at USD!

Just a few slides from San Diego’s Spring Botball Challenge:

Thank you to USD Engineering for hosting and to all teams and mentors and volunteers for another great San Diego BotBall  challenge!

Students from ages 6 to 18 spent the day solving coding, applied mathematics, and engineering problems…  time flies when you’re having fun!

Let’s get our kids in the game!

11 Jr Botball Challenges to Solve • April 21 San Diego Botball!

See you April 21st @ San Diego Botball & Jr Botball Challenge!

Time: 8 am – 2 pm • Location: University of San Diego  • Schedule (see below)

Jr Botballers: Get ready to teach your robot to solve these challenges!

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Teacher Training Instructable: “K-2 ROBOTICS, The Power of Project Trees!”

K-2 Robotics First Day: The Power of Project Trees!

#EarlyEd, #GirlsCanCode, #CSForALL

Introducing! Jr Botball “Project-Challenge Trees”

This Post is for Teachers coaching Jr Botball for Students in 3rd-6th Grade.

2018 Jr Botball Project Tree • Level I
Why “Project-Challenge Trees”?

It’s not (just) about the robots!

(There are many robots you can choose for your robotics-based Early Learning Advantage STEM Program. See “How to Choose a Robot“)

What is an Active Learning Zone?  See 5-Step Active Learning Design STEM Checklist

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San Diego Jr Botball® Challenge • Hoover High, Between 9AM-12AM

Thank You to All Students, Teachers, and Parents for A Great Day at Hoover High
Hoover Cluster: 10 Elementary Schools • 2 Middle Schools • 1 High School

  • Thank You  Hoover High Robotics Club & Students for Hosting the “Challenge”
  • Special Thanks to the San Diego Rotary Club STEM Committee for their support!

This Saturday we introduced the K-2 Challenges using the Probot® robot for younger children:

Early Learning Advantage!™ ⇒ Programming • Problem-Solving • Applied Mathematics!

Hoover High School is hosting a Junior Botball® Challenge event on Sat, November 11, 2017 at the small gym. This event will be free and open to the public.


  • Students can drop by to “Take the Jr Botball Challenge” any time between 9 AM & 12 AM.
  • Registered teams do not have to pay an additional fee to participate, but each school’s Botball coordinator must complete the sign-up form for this event at the bottom of the page.
  • This event is open to all registered Junior Botball® Challenge teams.

There will be 6 Challenges at this event, Challenges 1, 2, 5, 9, 11, & Dance Party Challenge:

Challenges 1, 2, & 5 are for the beginner level, Challenges 9 & 11 will be for the intermediate level & the 6th challenge will be a mystery revealed onsite.

  • JBC Challenge 2: Ring Around the Can (beginning)- The robot will drive out and around the can in circle 6, and return to the starting area.
  • JBC Challenge 1: Tag You’re It (beginning)- The robot will drive to the can in circle 9, touch it, and return to the starting area.
  • JBC Challenge 5: Dance Party (beginning)-

Dance Party participants will receive a completion award when the robot “dances” to the music provided by the students and completes all of the performance standards:

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Welcome to….

The California Math & Science CHALLENGE!

A Science and Information Technology Program modeled on the US Olympic Development Program.

Three steps to developing world-class math and science “athletes”:
  • Step 1: Get young children playing the “Game” of Math & Science
  • Step 2: Identify those with a true love for that game; 
  • Step 3: Get them World-class Coaching as they prepare for Tournaments, Active Learning Design™ Contests, and Home Learning (Online Mastery) Challenges.

How Do We Create World-Class Math & Science Athletes?

Let’s Get Our Kids in the Game!

To fix American students’  decades long slide in Math & Science knowledge, we need to start American children playing the game of Math & Science at a young age! When a country wants to compete in the Olympics does it go out and recruit high school freshman to start developing soccer stars or volleyball stars? Of course not! Five or six years old is the right age to introduce young athletes to your game. We have been introducing Kindergarten to 8th Grade students to programming, problem-solving, and applied mathematics for 17 years now with great results.

To Get Here …                  →                 … Start Here

Why shouldn’t we do the same for Math & Science?

Mental Athletes: 5 to 11 Years of Age!

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“We should teach math like it’s a language…” • Vocabulary –Powered Math!

By Jeannine Diddle Uzzi Education Week May 29, 2018

The United States has a math problem, and, like most middle school students sitting down with their homework, we are not finding any easy solutions. Young people in this country are struggling to attain the proficiency necessary to pursue the careers our economy desperately needs.

Universities bemoan students’ inability to complete college-level math. Each year thousands of newly admitted college students are placed in non-credit-bearing remedial courses in math, a path that immediately puts the…
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Math & Science Challenge • K-6 Curriculum Sequence

  • sTEm: science Technology Engineering mathematics
  • I.T.: Information Technology

  • Early Learning Advantage: A good beginning never ends.
    Want more diversity in STEM? Want American math & science “athletes” to be stay competitive?  We need to get every American child playing the game at a young age.

TED Radio Talk: How Star Wars Energized My High School Physics Students

◊ 5th. Give Students Meaningful Challenges: “Real-world” power over their environment; Skills they can use without their Teacher!; “Real World” Work: kids want to lift Star Fighters, Save the city from monsters, not solve abstract “word problems.”

The “real world” challenges remind me of the Ted Radio talk I heard this weekend by the guy who taught high school physics and realized he was boring people to sleep by giving them tasks like “Calculate how many joules it takes to lift a  5 kg objects 3 meters…”  but when he switched to “Calculate how much energy it would take Luke skywalker to lift his starfighter out of the swamp” their enthusiasm exploded and it was all he could do to keep up with them:

“Let’s see,” the students said, “we can figure out the standard gravity on the planet from the Star Wars Wikipedia!”
“And  let’s figure out mass of starfighter from same source!” Then:
“What formulas do we need to calculate the amount of energy needed, let’s check physics text!”