Math and me: Children who identify with math get higher scores

How strongly children identify with math (their math “self-concept”) can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington. The study, published in the October issue of the journal Learning and Instruction, is the first to demonstrate

National GEAR UP Week, Sept. 21-15

September 21-25, 2015 is National GEAR UP week.  Follow us on Twitter @UWGEARUP for stories, pictures and words of encouragement.  GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. #GEARUPWorks #iheartGEARUP

UW labs win $4.5 million NSF nanotechnology infrastructure grant

The University of Washington and Oregon State University have won a $4.5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to advance nanoscale science, engineering and technology research in the Pacific Northwest and support a new network of user sites across the country. The regional partnership was selected as one of 16 sites for a new National

Project offers new tools to connect families and schools

Bake sales, PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences have long been seen as the key to engaging parents in their children’s education. Relying on these traditional approaches, however, limits the agency and expertise of parents. Even worse, such approaches are particularly apt to marginalize parents from non-dominant communities. The work of the University of Washington’s Equitable Parent–School

How makerspaces can be accessible to people with disabilities

Inside the University of Washington’s CoMotion MakerSpace, students, faculty and staff use sewing machines to create anime convention costumes, 3-D print models for aeronautics research or make circuits for a custom-built amplifier. Inspired by the DIY movement, these communal spaces with soldering irons, laser cutters, saws, duct tape, pegboards full of tools, butcher paper, crayons and

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