Education leaders discuss STEM achievement gap, workforce needs (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

by Tommy Cornelis


Education leaders discuss STEM achievement gap, workforce needs (Silicon Valley Business Journal) When asked what needs to be done to improve STEM education in Silicon Valley, Muhammed Chaudhry replied, “I think of two Silicon Valleys.” Chaudhry, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, explained his answer. “There’s the Silicon Valley up (Highway) 280, where you can find all …


Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released (AP)

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Final rules for K-12 standardized testing released (AP) Aiming to reduce test-taking in America’s classrooms, the Obama administration released final rules Wednesday to help states and school districts take a new approach to the standardized tests students must take each year. It’s part of the bipartisan education law, signed by President Barack Obamaa year ago, that returned substantial control over …


Chevron donates $80,000 to Castle STEAM Academy (The Bakersfield Californian)

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Chevron donates $80,000 to Castle STEAM Academy (The Bakersfield Californian) Castle STEAM Academy, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s ambitious project to transform one of southwest Bakersfield’s poorest schools, received $80,000 from Chevron to develop an engineering lab, officials announced. Chevron’s donation supplements $7 million in School Improvement Grant funding the district received last month from the California Department of Education …


Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm (TechCrunch)

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Harvesting next-gen technologies for the farm (TechCrunch) It’s entirely possible — even probable — that the evolutionary, cutting-edge developments in the 21st century world of agriculture over the past few years have slipped under your radar. Fair enough, you’re busy. We get that. But that doesn’t mean that a massive and relatively stealthy disruption isn’t happening as we speak. In fact, …


Infographic: Breaking Barriers to Math Success for English Language Learners (MIND Research Institute)

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Infographic: Breaking Barriers to Math Success for English Language Learners (MIND Research Institute) What role can instructional technology play in providing ELLs equal access to effective math education? Math has been called the universal language. More than any other subject, math skills are the top predictor for student success. But with lengthy word problems and other language-heavy instructional methods, how …




How to Integrate Growth Mindset Messages Into Every Part of Math Class (Mind/Shift)

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Catherine Good has experienced stereotype threat herself, although she didn’t know it at the time. She started her academic career in pure math, expecting to get a Ph.D. But somewhere along the way she started to feel like it just wasn’t for her, even though she was doing well in all her classes. Thinking that she’d just chosen the wrong application for her love of math, Good switched to math education, where she first encountered the idea of stereotype threat from a guest psychology speaker.



Amanda Ripley (Senior Fellow, Emerson Collective): What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries (New York Times)

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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.





$1.6 million grant to improve Kettle Falls STEM classrooms (Statesman-Examiner)

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$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)

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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 …


Fears and questions over Brexit’s impact on talent (TechCrunch)

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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 best part of Fantastic Beasts is that it’s about science (ars technica)

by Tommy Cornelis


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 (Washington Post)

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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 …