SfS in Boston Globe article: STEM’s newest darling: Robotics


SfS in Boston Globe article: STEM’s newest darling: Robotics

The Science from Scientists program was mentioned in an article written today by Michael Fitzgerald for the Boston Globe which discusses the importance of STEM and robotics. Here is an excerpt from the article:

STEM’s newest darling: Robotics

The Boston Globe- October 2, 2014

Written by Michael Fitzgerald

 […]One such program, Science From Scientists, was founded by Erika Ebbel Angle in 2002 (back then she was Erika Ebbel; she married iRobot cofounder and CEO Colin Angle in 2010). The program, she says, has helped increase science scores on the standardized MCAS tests by 20 percent overall in schools that use it, and by 34 percent in schools that fell below state averages before the program came in. Colin Angle, who says he struggled in remedial math until a fifth-grade teacher helped him tap his potential, says programs introducing real-life work in classrooms can “materially change aptitudes and attitudes toward science.” His company also has a program called iRobot STEM, where all employees are granted two paid days to go into schools, take robots, and educate students about real-life opportunities in the field. About 50 percent of them did this last year; the company is hoping for 60 percent this year. “We have a massive challenge graduating enough kids with interest in STEM education and STEM careers,” says iRobot’s Angle. “Solving this problem is huge.”

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