How coding could be the next Spanish class in Florida high schools (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

by brian jackson


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.




IHS students use 3-D printer to learn building blocks of geometry (The Mining Journal)

by brian jackson


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.


Ohio State engineers give toys a unique second life (Big Ten Network)

by brian jackson


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.





JD Hoye (President, National Academy Foundation (NAF)): Celebrating Computer Science Education Week 2016:Investing in Computer Science for All Will Be Key to College and Career Readiness (Huffington Post)

by brian jackson


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.



STEM Students Imagine the Possibilities Studying in Brazil (CSUF News Center)

by Tommy Cornelis


STEM Students Imagine the Possibilities Studying in Brazil (CSUF News Center) Studying abroad in Brazil, Yuliana Carrillo imagined what is possible. It opened her eyes to opportunities she never thought of pursuing and exposed her to a culture and welcoming people who uplifted her. It was the first time the future civil engineer had traveled to another country outside of …


TFA, AT&T deal will expand computer science education in KC (Startland)

by Tommy Cornelis


TFA, AT&T deal will expand computer science education in KC (Startland) To expand its computer science initiative, Teach for America (TFA) Kansas City announced Monday that the organization received a donation of $100,000 from AT&T’s philanthropic arm, AT&T Aspire. The partnership’s goal is to expand computer science education to low-income communities and reach more than 150 area students with professional …


OU Looks To Attract More Female Students To Science Fields (KWTV)

by Tommy Cornelis


OU Looks To Attract More Female Students To Science Fields (KWTV) Young people were able to get a better glimpse of what the field of computer science is all about Monday afternoon at Norman’s central library. The University of Oklahoma’s computer science department falls under the umbrella of the Gallogly College of Engineering. Right now, only 24 percent of OU …


Wyoming Schools To Observe Computer Science Education Week (KGAB)

by Tommy Cornelis


Wyoming Schools To Observe Computer Science Education Week (KGAB) Students across Wyoming will get a taste of computer science during the week of Dec. 5-11, according to a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Education. Kari Eakins says that the Computer Science Education Week event will be a first for Wyoming schools. Eakins says relatively few Wyoming students are taking Advanced …



NASA is offering $30k to the person who solves its space poop problem (Quartz)

by Tommy Cornelis


NASA is offering $30k to the person who solves its space poop problem (Quartz) Space travel presents scientists with seemingly infinite challenges. Aside from the technological feat of getting astronauts off the planet, scientists have to figure out how to keep them healthy with no-gravity exercise, clean air, and nutrition once they’re up in space. But there’s one much-less-glamorous problem …


How UAlbany plans to grow cybersecurity opportunities with federal grants (Albany Business Review)

by Tommy Cornelis


How UAlbany plans to grow cybersecurity opportunities with federal grants (Albany Business Review)  Sanjay Goel, a business professor at the University at Albany, has received funding to support cybersecurity education, partnerships and job growth in the area. Goel received one grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for $197,000 for the next 15 months and another from the …


Women putting work first ‘still held back in STEM careers’ (Times Higher Education)

by Tommy Cornelis


Women putting work first ‘still held back in STEM careers’ (Times Higher Education) “Women have a harder time being perceived as likeable if they are non-normative, such as not wanting to be mothers or wives,” said Sharon Sassler. “They may have been perceived by employers as not a ‘good fit’ for the team, or a troublemaker.” Professor Sassler, who works …


4 LA colleges get $6M grants to support Latinos in STEM (KPCC)

by Tommy Cornelis


4 LA colleges get $6M grants to support Latinos in STEM (KPCC) (Southern California Public Radio) Four Los Angeles community colleges have received multimillion-dollar grants from the federal government to support Latino students looking for STEM careers. The five-year $6 million grants from the U.S. Department of Education go to Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles …


How a Background in STEM Can Drive Women to the Top (Fortune)

by Tommy Cornelis


The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for, “Why is a background in STEM important for shaping female leaders?” is written by Tracey Massey, president of Mars Chocolate North America. Not only am I asked all of the time about what it’s like to …