REPOST: What Happened To Our Groundhog? Diverse Students Need More STEM Study To Predict Better Weather & More!

29906170001_4734016812001_video-still-for-video-4733807271001RE@L-logo_Corp_TM_New-Tag_8-15-17_CMYK-300x127Yes, an early Spring seems a couple of months away. Guess who’s to blame? Look to the right!

Having predicted an early Spring, our groundhogs need a refresher course in Meteorology 101. Some good STEM courses would help too.

No, STEM doesn’t tell us how to get rid of winter quicker. But it does provide a great lesson in life: We can each of us be better than we are.  And for many of us, preparing for a STEM career can lead the way. 

RE@L-STEM-WQI IconHere at RE@L, we hold our software products to the same test. Our first, new STEM Investigations™ software product, Water Quality™, is now being field tested and made ready for middle school science classrooms everywhere.

Click the graphic at the left for more information on this innovative new product.

Here’s what many schools and teachers are looking for: a classroom tested, STEM-based, hands-on, Team-Learning product that involves learners in real-world research and reporting. That’s our new STEM Water Quality product!

jea 1020 Grand Day Parade Many of us here in Minnesota, looking for warmer weather joined in our annual Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade, wherein Vulcanus Rex (aka King Warm Up) conquers Boreas Rex (aka King Cold Down). So, spring can’t be far away, can it? Well, can it?

We need more capable weather forecasters who can stand and deliver Spring to those of us in need. So, our school kids might ask themselves, “What does it take for me to be a meteorologist with better-researched weather news for all!” Better than a woodchucked groundhog, anyway.

STEM2Your RE@L Blogmeisters have been extolling the future benefits of more students taking more STEM based-curriculum, and early on. We’ve also emphasized the importance of gender in these new Project-Based curricula.

It’s imperative for girls and young women to be a part of this new learning. STEM careers can lead to satisfying careers, and better serve tomorrow’s needs.

roger ebert reuters corr 650A few frigid weeks ago many chose to go and see a recently-released, feel-good, think-good and do-good movie called, “Hidden Figures.”

It’s been praised by none other than the popular website They gave it a big “Thumbs up!” Here’s what they wroteHopefully, “Hidden Figures” will inspire women and people of color (and … men too) with its gentle assertion that there’s nothing unusual nor odd about people besides White men being good at math. …. It deserves to make as much money as any planet in the Marvel Universe does. This is one of the year’s best films.”

we-choose-to-go-to-the-moonHere’s the movie “Hidden Figures” background story: Back in 1961, then President John F. Kennedy told the world that the USA would put a man on the moon! Those words were almost unheard of before that, being the stuff of dreams and sci-fi authors, some of whom opined the moon was green cheese!

To get to the moon, first we had to put someone in space. Amazingly, and in less than two years, astronaut John Glenn was in space, and 6 years later, in 1968, we had two more astronauts on the moon.

HF2The STEM behind this amazing goal started with a young student-of-color, Katherine Johnson, who learned how to do her mathematics in school so well that she ended up choosing a mathematics career in college.

Soon after graduation she was hired by IBM and assigned to helping NASA meet its moonstruck goals. Click this movie trailer graphic on the right to view the video that introduces this powerful story.

th-1Katherine Johnson and her team had to calculate the orbit of the space capsule and find where in the ocean astronaut, John Glenn landed.

Murphy’s law works there too and sometimes things go terribly wrong with computers and their programs. It’s even worse when the capsule is in its final orbit to the sea.

images-1Ms. Johnson and her young, diverse team whipped out their slide rules, gigantic chalkboard and even a ladder, and…..well, you will want to see the movie and find out how well their calculations worked.

UnknownStream the movie if you are able!  Click the graphic to the left for more sources to view it. Urge your daughter of any age to see it . Talk it up in your schools, especially among teachers and young women of color.

We at RE@L are constantly committed to making our software better. We listen to teachers and students alike.

That’s how RE@L gets it right and keeps our many STEM products right on target.

That’s far more than any groundhog could do. Study STEM!


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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.

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