NSF grant funds Purdue research into STEM student success (Purdue)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A team of researchers based at Purdue University has received a $973,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study aimed at helping students of low socioeconomic status succeed in scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields. The Rising Scholars program would augment Purdue’s existing mentoring and counseling programs with additional support services throughout the …


Cobb rep. dismisses concerns over dearth of women in STEM at KSU (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens and State Rep. Sharon Cooper sparred Monday over whether the school needs to do more to attract women students and faculty to its math and science departments. The exchange took place during a meeting of the Cobb legislative delegation and local business and elected leaders to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Cooper dismissed concerns …


New science standards coming to New York classrooms next fall (Albany Times-Union)

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Starting next fall, new science learning standards will roll out in New York classrooms that are focused on better preparing students for higher education and careers in fast-growing science, technology, engineering and math fields. The learning standards, which set out what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade, include much more focus on …


STEM Institute receives Georgia state certification (The Covington News)

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On Wednesday, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute at Newton County College and Career Academy (NCCA) became the first college and career academy in Georgia to be awarded “STEM Certification” by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE). It is the 41st school and the 10th high school to receive this distinction. According to Tim Schmitt, director of career …


Students Band Together to Compete in NASA Contest (AP)

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Students Band Together to Compete in NASA Contest (AP) Students at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology want to send The ‘Moonrockers’ rover to Mars. With their imaginations fixed on the stars, students at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are building a robot that may someday rove across the sands of Mars for NASA. The “Moonrockers” rover …


Top firms back campaign to have 35% of top roles filled by women by 2020 (Belfast Telegraph)

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Top firms back campaign to have 35% of top roles filled by women by 2020 (Belfast Telegraph) Firms signed up to the Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter want to hike the average number of women in senior management positions to 35% by 2020, up from the status quo of 27%. Barclays, HSBC, Aviva, BlackRock and London Stock Exchange Group are …


How Finland is solving the gender gap in science education – and what we can all learn from it (Geektime)

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How Finland is solving the gender gap in science education – and what we can all learn from it (Geektime) The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test, which the OECD administers to 15-year-olds globally every three years, shows that Finland is the only country in the world where girls not only score higher in science than boys, but also …


Girls Are Put Off Science Because STEM Toys Are Branded As Boy’s Toys, Research Says (IFLScience)

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Girls Are Put Off Science Because STEM Toys Are Branded As Boy’s Toys, Research Says (IFLScience) As a parent, grandparent, or family friend, could your choice of presents underneath the Christmas tree kill off girls’ interest in science, tech, and all things nerdy? With science toys being far more likely to be marketed towards boys, new research suggests it could, to …


What happened to Obama’s $4 billion in computer science funding? (The Verge)

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Most progress is happening at the state and local levels Back in January, President Obama asked Congress to set aside $4 billion for computer science education, in what would have been the federal government’s largest targeted funding for promoting the subject in schools. The proposal seemed designed to generate more headlines than actual funding — and now, nearly a year …


Richmond middle school to unveil STEM lab today (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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Richmond middle school to unveil STEM lab today (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Lucille M. Brown Middle School will publicly unveil its $100,000 STEM lab at a ribbon-cutting this morning. The lab includes a laser engraver, a new wood shop, an acrylic fabrication lab, a forensic science lab and Raspberry Pi robotics. The lab is the end result of the school winning the …


Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town (New York Times)

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Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town (New York Times) Students at Pryor High School study robotics. Elementary schools have basic computer programming classes using free laptops, online collaboration software and Wi-Fi spread across this small town in Oklahoma’s Green Country. “We have to prepare them for their future, not our past,” said Don Raleigh, superintendent …


Cerner teams up with KC STEM Alliance to build future workforce (Kansas City Business Journal)

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Cerner teams up with KC STEM Alliance to build future workforce (Kansas City Business Journal) Dozens of elementary and middle students gathered at Cerner Corp.’s world headquarters in North Kansas City for an hour of code. The Friday event was one of several Cerner hosted throughout the week to develop Kansas City’s future workforce. “We’re playing the long game here,” …


CEOs Adopt Five-Step Plan To Advance More Women To Corporate Leadership, But Will It Work? (Forbes)

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CEOs Adopt Five-Step Plan To Advance More Women To Corporate Leadership, But Will It Work? (Forbes) CEOs of 27 companies, including Coca-Cola and Bank of America, have pledged to accelerate women’s progress to the top management levels. Their ambitious goal is to have gender parity in their corporate leadership by the year 2030. These CEO’s have joined a coalition organized by …


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 …