Why Arguing in Class Makes for Good Science (Boston University)

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“Is that a fair experiment?” “Can the data be interpreted in another way?” “Is this enough evidence to support the claim?” Argument is a critical part of scientific discovery, and these are just three of the questions that scientific peers regularly ask. But meaningful arguments like these rarely trickle down to science classrooms. Eve Manz wants to change that. “I deeply …


Knights Ferry School Expands STEM Education (Oakdale Leader)

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The commonly known “Little School on the Hill” has jetted into the millennium thanks in part to the funding of a $25,000 grant received earlier this school year via the Monsanto Fund. Last week the student body of Knights Ferry School and the staff were treated to two days of learning and ‘playing’ in the area of robotics. Jose Marquez, …


Ohio State Newark program engineers a connection between middle schoolers, STEM (The Lantern)

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Maverick Anderson and more than 50 young colleagues in Kids Tech University sat in LeFevre Hall on the Ohio State Newark campus on Jan. 14 and experimented to find which wind turbine blade position and pitch would generate the most energy the most efficiently. “I think three light blues would be best, actually, on this machine, as is,” said Anderson, …


Wichita State’s new engineering building opens on Innovation Campus (The Wichita Eagle)

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Wichita State University President John Bardo sees the new engineering building on campus as a metaphorical billboard — or, for those in Gen Z, a metaphorical promoted post in their Facebook feed. The Experiential Engineering Building is an ad, in a way, for the university, its engineering program and for Bardo’s efforts to make the university an economic development engine …


STEM Action Center to kick off new year with ‘STEM Matters’ event (KBOI)

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The Idaho STEM Action Center is gearing up to kick off 2017 with a ‘STEM Matters’ event. The event will be held at the statehouse on Tuesday, January 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Leaders of the tech industry will join Gov. Butch Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Sen. Bob Nonini (R-Coeur d’Alene) to show their support for the …


$858,000 in Grants to Encourage Careers in Agriculture Science (Growing Produce)

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The talent pipeline for the agricultural workforce begins well before college, and today the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the availability of $858,500 in funding to strengthen K-14 education in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. “Nearly 40%of jobs in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences will go unfilled in the next five years,” …


Monsanto Hawaiʻi Science Education Grants Available (Maui Now)

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Applications are now being accepted for the Monsanto Hawaiʻi Science Education Fund for public schools serving students at the intermediate, high school and college grade levels on Oʻahu, Maui and Molokaʻi. Established in 2005, the Fund helps provide Hawaiʻi public schools with programs, tools, supplies and equipment to enhance science education in the schools, and encourage today’s students to consider …


Here’s how UC Santa Cruz will put its $2.2M innovation grant to work (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

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The University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz), plans to incorporate students beyond engineering with its multi-faceted plans for using a $2.2 million innovation and entrepreneurship grant from the state, the university has announced. All 10 UC campuses received the grants — for which each must provide matching funds — under a law signed last fall by Gov. Jerry Brown. …


Report: Innovative science instruction boosts academic performance among English learners (EdSource)

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English learners can dramatically improve their science skills when teachers blend science lessons with language instruction, according to a new report released by an Oakland education nonprofit. The report identified six districts with innovative science programs – ranging from Calipatria Unified in Imperial County to Oak Grove in San Jose. It found that in those schools, English learners scored close …


RIT wins NSF grant to transform physics graduate education admissions and retention (RIT)

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A Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) professor won funding from the National Science Foundation to develop an inclusive approach to physics graduate education admission and retention of traditionally underrepresented U.S. citizens. Casey Miller, associate professor and director of RIT’s materials science and engineering graduate program, is collaborating with the American Physical Society on a $428,022 NSF Research Traineeship award in …


US Department of Energy strengthens protections for its researchers (ars technica)

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When President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team sent a questionnaire to the Department of Energy asking, among other things, for the names of employees who had worked on anything that touched climate policy, it raised concerns about whether those employees would be targeted. (The transition team later said the questionnaire was “not authorized.”) Thanks to a new Department of Energy policy …


Pilot program for national computer science literacy in schools eyed for Chattanooga (Times Free Press)

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U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann will work with Microsoft and other high-profile companies to push national computer science literacy in the schools, and he’s eyeing a pilot effort in Chattanooga. “My hope is that they will adopt a local school, hopefully in a disadvantaged area, to pick that as their pilot school,” Fleischmann said. “That would be my request. Whatever they …


Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change (The Economist)

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WHEN education fails to keep pace with technology, the result is inequality. Without the skills to stay useful as innovations arrive, workers suffer—and if enough of them fall behind, society starts to fall apart. That fundamental insight seized reformers in the Industrial Revolution, heralding state-funded universal schooling. Later, automation in factories and offices called forth a surge in college graduates. …


Open Data Summer Camp Plans Gaining STEAM for 2017 (USDA)

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USDA and the Governance Lab at New York University (GovLab) are teaming up again to design and deliver a “summer camp” in 2017 for middle- and high-school students that focuses on using Open Data related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math (STEAM). The Open Data STEAM Summer Camp program, begun in 2016, is an immersive two-week project-based and team-focused …


Udacity launches deep learning nanodegree foundation program (TechCrunch)

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Greater compute power and power efficiency has made deep learning algorithms ubiquitous in our world. Deep learning has found its way into self driving cars, convenience stores and hospitals. Yet the fight for top talent in the space remains fierce and is a bottleneck for reaching new industries and solving tough challenges. To complement Udacity’s previous AI courses, the online education startup is partnering with YouTube star Siraj Raval …


Watchdogs keeping tabs if Ducey’s $1B ASU, state university bond plan could be used for new Coyotes arena (Phoenix Business Journal)

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled budget plans Friday including a plan to let the three state universities hold on to sales tax revenue they create and use that for as much as $1 billion in bonding for research and development and deferred maintenance construction projects. The plan aims to help Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of …


GM and Girls Who Code partner for after-school STEM program (engadget)

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As technology jobs continue to rise in importance, a troubling statistic shows that the number of women in the computing workforce dropped from 37 percent in 1995 to only 24 percent today. That’s a staggering drop, and one that the education program Girls Who Code is hoping to reverse. Today automaker GM announced it’s giving Girls Who Code a $250,000 …


2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals (WalletHub)

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STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020. That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills …


BVU receives endowment for STEM program (Storm Lake Pilot Tribune)

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A gift of $500,000 from a generous couple has provided valuable resources and equipment to better prepare Buena Vista University education students to teach in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. As part of the endowment’s launch, students were able to experience the University’s first-ever STEM classroom beginning this past fall semester. This state-of-the-art laboratory includes collaborative design …


Students Create Music From Nature Data (AP)

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You may know that up on Isle Royale, in the middle of Lake Superior, a group of scientists has studied the wolves, the moose and the climate for the last 58 years. But did you know you can now dance to their findings? That’s a gross oversimplification, and an insult, likely, to the students who labored over a project that …