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.
Rhode Island is well along in Governor Raimondo’s program to establish computer science classes in all public schools.
Code Haven, an organization that brings Yale students to local New Haven schools, has been awarded $6,000 by Google’s IgniteCS program.
$1.6 million grant to improve Kettle Falls STEM classrooms (Statesman-Examiner) The Kettle Falls School District is in the process of a STEM classroom renovation project, made possible by a $1.6 million grant. Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit that advances science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. In partnership with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington STEM …
IBM’s Watson Now Fights Cybercrime in the Real World (WIRED) You may know Watson as IBM’s Jeopardy-winning, cookbook-writing, dress-designing, weather-predictingsupercomputer-of-all trades. Now it’s embarking on its biggest challenge yet: Preventing cybercrime in finance, healthcare, and other fields. Starting today, 40 organizations will rely upon the clever computers cognitive power to help spot cybercrime. The Watson for Cybersecurity beta program helps IBM too, because Watson’s real-world experience …
While UK tech founders continue to try to second guess what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ actually means for the future of immigration and access to talent, the UK’s digital minister, Matt Hancock, has confirmed it will not mean a clone of the Australian points-based immigration system – despite politicians frequently citing this system as a possible model for the UK to adopt during the Brexit campaign.
The animals in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are so compelling that it’s easy to ignore the movie’s otherwise mediocre plot. That’s because the magizoologist character Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is a science hero who has somehow found himself in a fantasy movie. Sure, he’s a wizard who carries a massive lab around with him in a cunning suitcase that’s a lot bigger on the inside. But despite all the spell-casting, this Harry Potter prequel offers some of the most realistic representations of environmental research field work you’re likely to see in a movie this decade.
Scientists and environmentalists are bracing for a clash with Trump Since the election of Donald Trump, few groups have mobilized more quickly to try to influence his future decisions and appointments than scientists and environmentalists, constituencies that fear they could be marginalized once he takes the helm of the federal government in January. Petitions and open letters have poured out …
Florida high school students could soon ditch Spanish class in favor of computer coding. State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed a bill Monday that would allow students to take two computer coding classes in lieu of foreign language requirements currently in place. “If you ask companies whether they’d rather have someone fluent in coding or in Latin, they’ll answer coding,” Brandes said. Senate Bill 104 would also require all Florida public universities to honor the coding credits as foreign language requirements. It allows Florida high schools to offer coding courses as a foreign language, but does not require them to.
Ishpeming High School students are combining geometry, technology and construction experience as a fun and useful way to apply basic math skills. Geometry in Construction students are using a 3-D printer that Heather Salmi built as a part of the U.P. Project SMILE grant. Project SMILE, which stands for Science & Mathematics Integrated with Literacy through Engineering, is the product of a Math Science Partnership grant from the Michigan Department of Education that the Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University can apply for. Salmi said the printer seemed like a logical addition to the geometry and construction curricula.
TAP’s mission is twofold: to offer hands-on education to OSU’s engineering students while providing modified electronic toys to children who fall within a spectrum of different abilities. This combination of experiential learning while tackling a social need has been a win-win for both the students and young children.
Students seeking science and other similar degrees at New Mexico Highlands University will have more support toward completing their studies thanks to a nearly $3 million grant.
The first week of December has been designated Computer Science Education Week. Created by the Computing in the Core coalition, the week is geared towards activities that encourage students to learn more about computer science. NAF is proud to join in the celebration and support this outstanding program that makes the benefits of computer science education accessible across the K-12 spectrum.