New Goddard School focuses on STEM, arts (Independent Tribune)

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Chattering excitedly, a cluster of toddlers huddles around a low wooden table, grabbing pegs and sticks in turn to build a geometric Christmas tree. But a few hover back. One young boy sifts through a sensory table filled with sand while a two girls fiddle with some blocks at the end of the table. Learning through independent play remains an …



WIT Announces 2016 Women of the Year Award Winners (Women In Technology)

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Women in Technology (WIT) announced the winners of its 17th annual Women of the Year in Technology Awards at a gala and dinner held last night at the Georgia Aquarium. WIT’s Women of the Year Awards celebrates female technology executives in Georgia for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries of technology, ground-breakers in business, and remarkable leaders who make …


Program provides boost to teens with eyes set on engineering (WRAL)

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A new public school initiative will allow Hawaii students interested in engineering careers get on an early pathway to acceptance at a university engineering program. The state Department of Education is partnering with the University of Hawaii to create a “college-focused pathway” for students to pursue direct acceptance into the College of Engineering at UH-Manoa, reported The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/2hN6hkr …


Business-education partnership helps Louisiana businesses develop high-skilled employees (The Business Journals)

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Louisiana leaders have set their sights on a strategic direction for workforce training. Flexibility and innovation have been made top priority in programs like LED FastStart. LED FastStart professionals create a no-cost custom plan for recruiting, screening and training a new workforce for eligible expanding firms in target industries such as advanced and traditional manufacturing, logistics, information technology, corporate offices …




Dayton educators take focus on ‘soft skills’ (Dayton Business Journal)

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Students at The Dayton Regional STEM School wear many hats — six thinking hats, to be precise. The school uses physician and psychologist Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats system to teach students such business soft skills as collaboration, professionalism and communication. “We teach a lot of soft skills, especially since the workplace students will face when they graduate is …


State seeks comments on some learning standards (Toledo Blade)

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Ohioans interested in what students learn in social studies and science classes can now tell the state how to improve learning standards that cover topics ranging from the Constitution to chemical reactions. The Ohio Department of Education is accepting online comments through Jan. 9 about the standards — the state’s list of expectations describing what students should learn in subjects and …


‘Keeping up with the Droneses’: Stockton University offers class on unmanned flight (NewsWorks)

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Buying a drone at your local Walmart is the easy part. Understanding the historical context, legal issues, and federal regulations surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles before flying your brand new quadcopter for the first time is harder. A class starting later this month at Stockton University entitled “Introduction of Unmanned Aviation Systems” offers students a bird’s-eye view of the history of …


Women Who Count: 3 Smart STEM Romances (NPR)

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When Octavia Spencer first read the script for Hidden Figures — based on a book about the African American women who did the math for our early space launches — she thought it was fiction because it seemed too good to be true. Her disbelief reveals how conditioned we are to think that only white men make notable contributions to …


How male allies can support women in technology (TechCrunch)

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The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing couldn’t be more aptly named: It truly is a celebration of the technical innovation, inclusive focus and relentless drive of women in tech. We were thrilled to be a small part of the celebration this fall, along with 15,000 other women technologists and male allies. You’ve hopefully heard a lot about the …


UMd., UMB part of new pharmaceutical research, manufacturing effort (Baltimore Business Journal)

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The University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore will be partners in a new institute to advance U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturing, supported by a $250 million investment. The creation of the National Institute for Innovation of Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals was announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker this month. A team of more than 150 companies, educational institutions …


Polk schools get AT&T grant for S.T.E.M. (The Ledger)

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Students at two Polk County schools will get some hands-on S.T.E.M. lessons thanks to grant money from AT&T. Winston Academy of Engineering in Lakeland and Chain of Lakes Elementary in Winter Haven each received $2,000 as part of a statewide investment by AT&T for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in schools, the Polk Education Association announced this week. “We …


Pentagon told to boost manufacturing engineering education (Science Magazine)

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It’s hard for Babatunde Ogunnaike to contain his excitement at the thought of a new federal grants program aimed at improving the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Last week, President Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill setting policy for all activities at the Department of Defense (DOD). Buried within the 969 pages of legislation (S. 2943) is …


Minecraft expansion successfully tricks students into learning (ars technica)

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Two chemists, a materials scientist and a game developer (all professors), have created a Minecraft expansion designed to sneakily teach chemistry and engineering concepts. They used the mod as part of a college course and found preliminary results that suggest it works reasonably well. The goal, the group writes in Nature Chemistry, was to create an educational game that didn’t feel like …


Report Details STEM Employment in Massachusetts (Business West)

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The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data on occupational employment and wages for scienc, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations in Massachusetts’ metropolitan areas and divisions for May 2015. These data are supplied by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which produces employment and wage estimates for the U.S., by state, and …


Two House bills propose funding increase for STEM program (NH Business Review)

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A student’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) begins in elementary school, at least that’s the philosophy of two influential lawmakers who have both sponsored bills that will extend the state’s 15-year-old pre-engineering and technology curriculum into the early grades. “You want to get kids excited about STEM at the lowest age,” said Rep. Norman Major, R-Plaistow. “You …


PPL grants empower educators, students in STEM programs (The Daily Item)

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Whether they are modeling molecules, learning to code, or building and racing solar-powered cars, tomorrow’s engineers and mathematicians need only a spark to get their imaginations — and their careers — headed in the right direction. PPL Corporation, in cooperation with PBS stations WLVT, WVIA and WITF, is providing that spark to students in 15 Pennsylvania school districts with grants …


How Vera Rubin overcame sexism and invented a whole field of scientific study (Quartz)

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Even if you never heard of Vera Rubin before her death on Christmas Day, you almost certainly heard of dark matter. Rubin was the astronomer who found it, and invented an entire field of study in the process. In the late 1960s, Rubin had been working with fellow astronomer Kent Ford, taking spectrographs of distant objects, galaxies among them. Spectrographs …