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Stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching with the Triple Helix Project

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Receives $2.9 Million NSF Grant To Support Innovative Approach to Teaching and Learning STEM Disiplines

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“The Triple Helix” Project Explores Opportunities for Collaboration Between Universities, Local Schools, and Community Organizations To Focus on Research Related to Community-Based Issues in the Capital Region

Rising concern about America’s ability to maintain its competitive position in the global economy has renewed interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The challenge, according to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Science and Technology Studies Professor Ron Eglash, is that minority students are often disinterested in STEM academics because they do not see its relevance to their own lives and communities.


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Third World

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This definition provided a way of broadly categorizing the nations of the Earth into three groups based on social, political, and economic divisions. Although the term continues to be used colloquially to describe the poorest countries in the world, this usage is widely disparaged since the term no longer holds any verifiable meaning after the fall of the Soviet Union deprecated the terms First World and Second World.

This name is applied to the technologically less-advanced, or developing, nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The term was originally used to distinguish these countries from the Western nations and those that formed the Eastern bloc and usually excludes China.

The term Third World arose during the Cold War to define countries that remained non-aligned or neutral with either capitalism and NATO (which along with its allies represented the First World) or communism and the Soviet Union (which along with its allies represented the Second World).

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