Those Lego bricks and wooden blocks littering your floor aren’t just pain-inducing clutter. These favorite toys are helping your kid achieve in school and beyond.
“When kids are building with blocks and Legos they’re using spatial reasoning skills. These skills not only have a relationship to academics, but to the fields you might gravitate to, and where you’re going to excel,” says Amy Shelton, a cognitive psychologist and director of research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)....Read more.
A sensor to help emergency vehicles measure the speed and depth of flood waters. A microorganism that can decompose BPA. A hydrogel injection that can help patients heal after a heart attack.
The students behind these innovative concepts were among those selected to receive the CTY Cogito Research Award, a prize given annually to middle and high school students from around the world who demonstrate initiative, creativity, and promise in their STEM research-project proposals. The 10 winning individuals and/or teams will each receive a $599 grant and guidance from a mentor to develop their ideas. Winners will submit a final report on the results of their research later this year....Read more.
Jonathan Plucker, a prominent education policy and talent development scholar, will join Johns Hopkins University in January as the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development.
This joint appointment between the School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) reflects Johns Hopkins’ commitment to interdisciplinary research and to advancing the science of learning.
“In his exceptional career to date, Jonathan Plucker has been a compelling and informed voice speaking to the needs of students at all points on the learning spectrum,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “His leadership in defining the excellence gap as a critical dimension of all educational improvement is particularly key to advancing and integrating the unique strengths of JHU’s School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth.”...Read more.
BALTIMORE, January 21, 2015—One researcher wants to develop a software tool that could help physicians pinpoint which drugs work best to treat patients with lung cancer. Another will address global warming by exploring a new, more economical way to grow algae. And a third hopes to create a human-powered portable refrigerator to transport vaccines to remote areas.
These studies may seem like the work of top university research scientists. In fact, the projects belong to aspiring middle and high school researchers who have been named recipients of the CTY Cogito Research Awards by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)....Read more.
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BALTIMORE, MAY 1, 2014—Behind the doors of CTY’s new research lab are the kinds of fun objects most kids can’t wait to play with. From Legos, tangram puzzles and maze games to Barbie dolls and daring video games complete with 3D virtual reality headsets, it’s got it all....Read more.