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)

by Tommy Cornelis


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 …



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 …