Friday — May 10, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, KVOO News covers the U.S. Cellular Connected Storm Sanctuary Day of Design expo in Tulsa, the Boston Bruins hold hockey as a teaching tool event for Teachers Appreciation Week, the G-7 science academies release joint statement on Science and Trust, and how maker education can build empathy for young learners.

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K-12 Education
Tulsa Elementary Students Participate In ‘Day Of Design’ [VIDEO] (KVOO)
Tulsa’s elementary students are learning about how STEM and storm preparedness go together. It’s part of this year’s Day of Design, where students do science and technology projects. 40 elementary students competed in the Connected Storm Sanctuary challenge, where they figure out how to use cellular technology to help communities facing natural disasters. “We really empowered the students to come up with as big of ideas as they want to, whether that is storm shelters or maybe an app that would be downloaded on a phone to help bring communities together,” said Jack Sampson with US Cellular.


Building a Kinder World: How Maker Education Can Solve Problems and Foster Empathy (Getting Smart) 
Children and adolescents are naturally curious and energetic. Recent efforts to enhance “maker education” are tapping into these core strengths of early life like never before. When children observe problems in the world around them, the project-based learning aspects of maker education, in which students build, experiment, and invent, can guide them toward their own solutions. Furthermore, maker education can be used to help improve, or even solve real-world problems students see in their own lives and communities.

As AI approaches, Santa Fe schools look to the ‘human side’ (EdScoop) 
As school districts start to automate processes using artificial intelligence, the chief information officer for Santa Fe Public Schools says technology leaders need to be cautious. “As we look at maybe having machines make decisions about what we’re doing, where’s the human side of that?” Tom Ryan says in a video interview. Ryan says district leaders need to think about the effects that AI and other automation technologies might have on the workforce, as well as on the students who are using them. If introducing AI could cause people to lose their jobs, he says, that’s something that should be considered. 

Teachers Appreciation Week

To promote success in schools, focus on teacher well-being (Brookings Institute) 
Without question, teachers are central to student success. Anyone who has taught knows how rewarding it is to witness student learning. Teaching can also be one of the most stressful, demanding, and undersupported professions, leading to national teacher strikes, shortages, and high rates of turnover. In fact, research shows that 46% of teachers report high levels of daily stress, which affects their health, quality of life, and teaching performance, and costs U.S. schools billions of dollars each year. Although almost everyone understands the importance of student well-being and how teachers impact students, there is much less consideration for the well-being of teachers themselves

Bruins help teacher use hockey as STEM teaching tool (NHL) 
Deb Handfield – a teacher in her 15th year at Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School in Seekonk, Massachusetts – was determined to become a math teacher after one of her high school instructors suggested that she couldn’t. “The negative experiences I had absolutely shaped the teacher that I am today and the path that I took,” Handfield said. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association is celebrating off-ice heroes like Handfield during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10.


Creating a Culture of Appreciation (Getting Smart) 
For National Teacher Appreciation Week, individuals and communities across the United States are invited to recognize the importance of honoring teachers and their meaningful work. We absolutely should use this week to shower teachers with gratitude, words of encouragement, and gifts and experiences to acknowledge the amazing job they do. But, this recognition need not, nor should be, limited to one week at the end of the school year. We need to harness the energy of this week of appreciation and commit to creating a culture of appreciating educators throughout the year 

Higher Education

UI lab to be named after engineering icon Holonyak (Champaign News-Gazette) 
One of the most accomplished — and colorful — scholars to work at the University of Illinois now has a building named in his honor. The UI’s Micro and Nanotechnology Lab is being named for engineering icon Nick Holonyak Jr., inventor of the first visible LED and other breakthroughs that have transformed technology. UI officials said few alumni in its 152-year history have had as much impact as Holonyak — a UI engineering alumnus, the first graduate student of two-time Nobel Laureate John Bardeen, and an internationally renowned engineer in his own right.

AI SpaceFactory Wins NASA’s 3D-Printed Extraterrestrial Habitats Challenge (IEEE Spectrum) 
2 teams, one from Penn State and the other from a NY-based design agency called AI SpaceFactory, competed in the final phase of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Each team had to develop an autonomous printer that operated with as little human intervention as possible, used materials or recyclables found on Mars or the moon, and passed the scrutiny of judges as well as rigorous structural testing. The winner would take home $500,000. Lessons the teams learned would inform not only how humans might one day survive on Mars, but also how they might live more sustainably on Earth. 



G-7 Science Academies Release Statements on Science and Trust, Artificial Intelligence, Citizen Science 
The week, the national science academies of the G-7 countries issued three joint statements to their respective governments, to inform discussions during the G-7 summit to be held in August in France, as well as to inform ongoing policymaking. In the statements, the academies call for strategies to maintain trust in science, manage the societal benefits and risks related to artificial intelligence, and maximize the benefits of citizen science in the Internet era. Science and trust: The need for science and innovation to contribute to solving local and global issues requires societal trust in science. Although confidence in science remains high, there are serious and rapidly changing challenges, such as misinformation that is now easily spread on the Internet.

Tariffs just a ‘sideshow’? The big battle the US and China may need to resolve is on tech (CNBC) 
The U.S. and China want to be world leaders in technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence — and that could be a key hurdle in resolving trade frictions between the two, experts have told CNBC. Experts are still hopeful a trade agreement between the two sides will be reached, but the big issue looking ahead, one analyst says, is the two countries’ race toward new technologies – including 5G, artificial intelligence and robotics, in a bid to be the world leader in those fields. 


Misunderstood and untapped: Alaska’s burgeoning tech industry spotlighted at conference in Seattle (GeekWire) 
Mead Treadwell takes the long view on his state’s inventive history. Speaking with GeekWire at the Arctic Encounter Symposium last week in Seattle, the former Alaska lieutenant governor and serial investor/entrepreneur described how Inuit hunters devised snow goggles to protect their eyes from the sun’s blinding reflection off the tundra, centuries before there were sunglasses. “Alaska is a place where we have to innovate constantly,” Treadwell said. Creative responses to a harsh environment continue to drive entrepreneurship in Alaska, a state that may be overlooked across the U.S. for its ability to come up with new ideas

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