Proposed Minnesota math curriculum includes American Indian references

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Feedback from parents and educators on the first draft of new math standards for Minnesota K-12 grades has been overwhelmingly negative to including references to the state’s American Indian tribes. A Minnesota Department of Education committee is proposing 20 new standards which summarize what students are expected to learn in math. Five of the standards apply…

Sixth graders conduct Lunar Landing Science Experiment

"We call it our Mars Lander. Our students are combining three different units together. We have engineering design, forces in motion and our astronomy unit."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — Ben Franklin Middle School students are hoping to stick an excellent landing as they conduct a lunar science experiment. To keep the tradition alive, sixth grade Science teacher, Mr. Rodney Volk is celebrating the school’s 20th year conducting the Lunar Landing Science experiment with students. “We call it our Mars Lander. Our students are combining three…

Attention Tutors! You Are Needed In Minnesota

Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps hope to fill 1,700 tutor positions across the state

MOORHEAD, MN — The Moorhead School District is in need of 19 literacy tutors and two math tutors according to Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. The organizations hope to fill 1,700 tutor positions across the state. There are three different levels of commitment: 35, 25 or 18 hours a week. Tutors will receive a stipend every two weeks, and…

Learning Math Gets a Little Easier: Mathnasium Holds Grand Opening

This is the first one to open in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Many of us may remember dreading math class, but now there’s place that will make the subject a little easier for kids. Mathnasium, a supplemental learning center, has its grand opening in South Fargo.. They teach 2nd grade level math through pre–calculus. Lessons are done in a small group setting with no more than a 4–to–1 student–teacher ratio….

Kindergartners Learn from NDSU’s “Bug Man”

The Bug Man brought live bugs for the students to see

FARGO, N.D. — Kids at Eagle Elementary wrapped up a week learning about bugs with a visit from Don Carey, or NDSU’s “Bug Man.” Carey works at NDSU’s entomology department. He brought live bugs for the kids to see, like a centipede and tarantula. Kindergartners have been learning about a new bug every day of the week by making bug crafts…

NDSU Getting More Young Girls Involved in STEM Activities

Girls in kindergarten through second grade made parachutes, safe houses and flashlights

FARGO, N.D. — NDSU engineers are trying to get more girls interested in the industry at a young age. About 12 percent of women are in engineering careers according to Bureau of Labor statistics, but just 11 percent of NDSU’s female students pursue engineering degrees. “In my classes, there will be like two girls and then you really bond with those…

Four Local Classrooms Receive Grants to Fund STEM Projects

Doosan-Bobcat of Fargo presented a check for $500 to fund a miniature escape room project at Liberty Middle School

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Four schools in the metro are getting grants from Doosan-Bobcat to help promote STEM projects. A seventh grade math class at Liberty Middle School was one of the four area classrooms to receive a check for $500. The award will allow the class to fund a miniature escape room project. Teachers at Liberty say that the…

Mathematical Oncology Helping Patients Manage Cancer

Doctors say this way of treatment is revolutionary when it comes to battling cancer

NATIONAL — It’s called mathematical oncology and doctors say it’s a new way to take a look at treating cancer. Doctors, Mathematicians and Scientists at Moffitt Cancer Center are trying to work with all the variables when it comes to cancer and work them into mathematical equations to better understand the disease. By doing the math, doctors can better analyze…

New Standardized Tests in North Dakota Schools for 2017-2018

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says she has approved new math and English testing

  BISMARCK, N.D. — There will be new standardized tests in North Dakota schools for the 2017-2018 year. State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she has approved new math and English testing. She said the new tests will not be based on the Common Core system but were created by two committees that had more than 70 math and language…

Inspire Innovation Lab Offering Free Pie and a Pi Challenge

The lab celebrates the occasion with a pie contest as well as a "build your own pie station"

FARGO, N.D. — Some of us probably avoided the number 3.14 in math class. It still comes back to haunt us, but maybe in a tastier way than you expected! It’s “Pi” day, and Inspire Innovation Lab is offering free pie for all. The lab celebrates the occasion with a pie contest as well as a “build your own pie…