Paul Hefner: Feds may set back science education in California (The Sacramento Bee)

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The latest spat over student testing boils down to this: California wants fourth-graders to understand how using different energy sources affects the environment. The federal government wants to know how many can screw in a light bulb. If federal officials have their way, science students who spend their school year learning one thing (i.e., how pollution from fossil fuels creates …


From a Dream Deferred to a Dream Fulfilled: How Failure Shaped my Resolve and Helped me Accomplish my Goals (Feed, Nourish, Thrive.)

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Reposted from a Facebook Note by M. Antonio Silas, detailing the obstacles he overcame to achieve the dream of obtaining a Ph.D. in Agriculture, Leadership & Community Education in December 2016. A lot of people have asked me how it felt to obtain my Ph.D. While I’ve provided a variety of answers, only one word truly encompasses my feelings: “fulfillment”. …


S.C. Department of Education introduces K through 8 computer science standards (The Post and Courier)

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All South Carolina public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade would be required to learn computer science beginning in 2018 under new standards proposed by the state Department of Education. A draft of the state’s standards, released at the end of November, was designed in part to prepare S.C. students for the nation’s technology-driven workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of …


WFU-launched collaborative promotes research by and about women of color (Triad Business Journal)

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A multi-year effort to invest in research by, for and about the lives of women and girls of color has grown at a rapid clip. This month, the Collaborative to Advance Equity Through Research released its first annual report, “Putting Women And Girls Of Color At The Center: Shifting The Tide Of Research Through Institutional Leadership and Sustained Investments.” The …


Open Works partners with Coppin State on mentorship, entrepreneurship programs (Baltimore Business Journal)

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Open Works, the $11.5 million makerspace on Greenmount Avenue, is partnering with Coppin State University for new mentorship and internship programs. Through this partnership, 425 undergraduate students from Coppin’s College of Business will be able to mentor young people at the makerspace on the basics of business administration and faculty members will be able to research the role of makerspaces …


Girls Need Confidence, Good Scores to Pursue Physics (U.S. News & World Report)

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Teenage girls are more likely to express interest in careers involving biology, while teenage boys aspire to more math-heavy physics careers, according to a study published this month in Sex Roles. The study examined how teenagers’ math interest, skill, self-confidence, importance and mothers’ perceptions affected their interest in different STEM careers. Though there was little difference in test scores, interest …


Facebook Partners With 17 Universities to Streamline Research (Fortune)

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Facebook’s hardware development division on Wednesday announced a new partnership with Harvard, Princeton and 15 other universities intended to allow swifter collaboration on technology research projects. The agreement between Facebook’s Building 8 and the universities comes as the social media company seeks to find new revenue streams in virtual reality and artificial intelligence, after the company signaled last month it …


Purple Plow Challenge – Uncovering STEM Solutions (Feed, Nourish, Thrive.)

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Agriculture is constantly changing. The tools of yesterday have evolved into the technology of today. The Purple Plow Challenge brand was created to encompass both the history and future of agriculture; the plow symbolizes the history of production agriculture, while purple represents the innovative and exciting ways that agriculture is working to solve challenges today. The Purple Plow Challenge was …


China’s Tiger Moms Are Spending Big on Tech Classes for Their Kids (Bloomberg)

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It starts with the idea that kids must be trained early to prevail over robots in the workforce. Then it snowballs from there—$3,000 a year for tuition, $350 for a Lego robotics set, and $7,300 to test the newly acquired engineering skills in a competition in the U.S. That’s what Zhuo Yu is spending on her 10-year-old son for a …


Toymakers want to bring STEM to playtime, filling gaps from schools (Tribune News Service)

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Having a mouse in the house can be a good thing. That’s what Learning Resources is trying to convince parents as the company tries to sell its new Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set. The $60 toy encourages programming, allowing players to use directional tiles to direct a robot mouse to a cheese wedge-shaped game piece. “It teaches them …



Five companies to add STEM internships for SouthCoast students (SouthCoast Today)

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Five SouthCoast companies will offer new high school internships in science, technology, engineering, and math as part of a state initiative to boost career preparation in those areas. The Executive Office of Education announced the new internships Monday as Education Secretary Jim Peyser toured one of the businesses, Five Star Companies in New Bedford. The company maintains and manufactures medical …


Report Urges States to Take Action on Computer Science Education (T.H.E. Journal)

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A new report out from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) recommends actions for states and schools to help more young people — especially girls, black and Hispanic students, and students from low-income families — learn computer science (CS) and explore and choose careers in computing fields. SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with southern states to improve …


Students’ STEM projects show Jersey City needs more trees, bats (NJ.com)

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Students at School 28 here are searching for ways to improve the environment in their hometown, and their work is getting state and national recognition. More than 40 middle school students in the Heights pitched their latest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects to their classmates, teachers and sponsors on Thursday afternoon. But their projects aren’t your average grade-school science projects: …


Students Build High-Tech Toys for Disabled Kids (AP)

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University of North Florida’s Adaptive Toy Project converts toys from store shelves into custom-made fun for disabled children. Because of her cerebral palsy, 4-year-old Scarlett Wilgis has trouble opening her hands and can’t get around without help. Her parents have scoured store shelves and websites looking for toys for her, but have mostly been disappointed. “Finding the toys at Walmart …


Indonesia’s Dire Need for Engineers Is Going Unmet (New York Times)

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Like many college students, Abdul Hamid is not thinking too much about life after graduation. After all, Mr. Hamid, 20, is only in his sophomore year at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, outside Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. He spends his days at the university’s Faculty of Islamic Theology, where he majors in comparative religious studies, and his evenings hanging …


Operation Honor launching STEM program that hires veterans, trains them to mentor underserved kids (WCPO)

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A new program in Northern Kentucky is putting local veterans on the front lines of STEM education. It’s called Veterans Engaged Teaching Students, or VETS, and its mission is connecting specially-trained military veterans with underserved, rural high school students through science, technology, engineering and math (collectively known as STEM). Kentucky-based nonprofit Operation Honor is launching the new initiative the coming …


‘STEM University’ brings geology, archaeology to life for local scouts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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On one side of the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, college students celebrated graduation. On another, a group of scouts occupied the opposite end of the spectrum in what, for many, was their first exposure to higher ed classrooms and laboratories. Organized by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts, “STEM University” for five years has invited hundreds …


War for Top Talent Drives Udacity Growth (Tech Crunch)

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Udacity is positioned perfectly to benefit from the rush on talent in a number of growing areas of interest among tech companies and startups. The online education platform has added 14 new hiring partners across its Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Self-Driving Car Engineer and Virtual Reality Developer Nanodegree programs, as well as in its Predictive Analytics Nanodegree, including standouts like Bosch, …


Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships Provide Funding, Inspiration for Stonehill Women in STEM Disciplines (Stonehill College)

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A $300,000 grant from the single most significant provider of private scholarship support for women in science, mathematics and engineering – the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program – serves two important roles. It is not only a key source of scholarship funding for women at Stonehill College who are studying in those fields, but also it serves as a …