Can A STEM Program Help Make Boy Scouts Relevant Again? (Fast Company)

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Can A STEM Program Help Make Boy Scouts Relevant Again? (Fast Company) The Boy Scouts have been piloting a co-ed program to teach kids STEM skills. But is that enough to bring the aging organization forward?  Michael Jurkowitz is a fifth grader in Tucson, Arizona. He—like most other kids his age—enjoys hands-on projects well enough, but probably isn’t the geekiest …


North Carolina Boarding School Embeds Computer Science in Academic and Extracurricular Opportunities (PRNewswire)

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North Carolina Boarding School Embeds Computer Science in Academic and Extracurricular Opportunities (PRNewswire) 14-year-old Develops First App Weeks After Attending Asheville School’s App Camp After attending Asheville School’s app camp this summer, 14-year-old Gabriel Wong planned, designed, programmed, and launched his first app. Wong’s game, “Go Switchy,” has been downloaded more than 180 times from users in 12 countries. “Go …


Cartoon Network Celebrates Computer Science Education Week With STEAM Initiatives (Fast Co.Create)

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Cartoon Network Celebrates Computer Science Education Week With STEAM Initiatives (Fast Co.Create) A new advisory board and coding project launch continue the network’s $30 million commitment to STEAM learning. WHAT: Coinciding with Computer Science Education Week, which began Dec. 5, the Cartoon Network—one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2016—enlisted a new advisory board of industry and academic experts to …


Op-Ed: Computer Science Education Week Isn’t Enough (U.S. News & World Report)

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Vince Bertram and Justina Nixon-Saintil: Computer Science Education Week Isn’t Enough (U.S. News & World Report) John Foster Dulles, the U.S. secretary of state under President Dwight Eisenhower, is credited with observing that “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” The …


Washington Gov. Inslee pushes for broad adoption of new computer science education standards (GeekWire)

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Washington Gov. Inslee pushes for broad adoption of new computer science education standards (GeekWire) Gov. Jay Inslee wants 50 percent of Washington’s schools to meet new computer education standards by early 2019. Washington Superintendent of Public instruction Randy Dorn signed those new standards on Thursday, putting them into effect. Chris Reykdal, who takes over Dorn’s job in January, also backs …


John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven astronauts, has died (Ars Technica)

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John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven astronauts, has died (Ars Technica) John Glenn, the first American to fly into orbit around the planet Earth and later a US senator for 24 years, died Thursday at a cancer hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95 and the last of the living Mercury Seven astronauts. Although he made history as …


USDOT awards funding to Florida International University to help build safer bridges (Traffic Technology Today)

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USDOT awards funding to Florida International University to help build safer bridges (Traffic Technology Today) The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is advancing the Florida International University (FIU) Bridge Engineering Program’s efforts to make the country’s aging bridges safer, with the award of US$1.5m per year, for five years, for its Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC). A combined …


Education leaders discuss STEM achievement gap, workforce needs (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

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Education leaders discuss STEM achievement gap, workforce needs (Silicon Valley Business Journal) When asked what needs to be done to improve STEM education in Silicon Valley, Muhammed Chaudhry replied, “I think of two Silicon Valleys.” Chaudhry, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, explained his answer. “There’s the Silicon Valley up (Highway) 280, where you can find all …


Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released (AP)

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Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released (AP) Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must take each year. It’s part of the bipartisan education law, signed by President Barack Obamaa year ago, that returned substantial control over …


Chevron donates $80,000 to Castle STEAM Academy (The Bakersfield Californian)

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Chevron donates $80,000 to Castle STEAM Academy (The Bakersfield Californian) Castle STEAM Academy, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s ambitious project to transform one of southwest Bakersfield’s poorest schools, received $80,000 from Chevron to develop an engineering lab, officials announced. Chevron’s donation supplements $7 million in School Improvement Grant funding the district received last month from the California Department of Education …


Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm (TechCrunch)

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Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm (TechCrunch) It’s entirely possible — even probable — that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you’re busy. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn’t happening as we speak. In fact, …


Infographic: Breaking Barriers to Math Success for English Language Learners (MIND Research Institute)

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Infographic: Breaking Barriers to Math Success for English Language Learners (MIND Research Institute) What role can instructional technology play in providing ELLs equal access to effective math education? Math has been called the universal language. More than any other subject, math skills are the top predictor for student success. But with lengthy word problems and other language-heavy instructional methods, how …




How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class (Mind/Shift)

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Catherine Good has experienced stereotype threat herself, although she didn’t know it at the time. She started her academic career in pure math, expecting to get a Ph.D. But somewhere along the way she started to feel like it just wasn’t for her, even though she was doing well in all her classes. Thinking that she’d just chosen the wrong application for her love of math, Good switched to math education, where she first encountered the idea of stereotype threat from a guest psychology speaker.



Amanda Ripley (Senior Fellow, Emerson Collective): What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries (New York Times)

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Every three years, half a million 15-year-olds in 69 countries take a two-hour test designed to gauge their ability to think. Unlike other exams, the PISA, as it is known, does not assess what teenagers have memorized. Instead, it asks them to solve problems they haven’t seen before, to identify patterns that are not obvious and to make compelling written arguments. It tests the skills, in other words, that machines have not yet mastered.