Monday — May 13, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, math whiz and former NFL player John Urschel has a new book out called Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football, NYC Public Schools picks enVisionmath 2.0 for its K-5 core math curriculum, Steve Wozniak’s Woz U coding schools may be forced to close in Arizona, and coding bootcamp Ironhack earns Facebook grant to help diversify tech fields.

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K-12 Education
New York City Has a New Way to Teach Math (WSJ) 
New York City is pushing a math curriculum for the coming fall that some public school teachers say doesn’t focus enough on teaching the concepts underlying the subject. The city Department of Education said in April it picked enVisionmath 2.0, published by Pearson K-12 Learning LLC, as its core offering for kindergarten through fifth grade. While some educators applaud that choice, others say it isn’t challenging enough and doesn’t do enough to prepare children for middle school.

John Urschel: Math Teachers Should Be More Like Football Coaches (NYTimes) 
Growing up, I thought math class was something to be endured, not enjoyed. I disliked memorizing formulas and taking tests, all for the dull goal of getting a good grade. In high school, none of my teachers questioned my mathematical talent, but none of them really encouraged it, either. No one told me that I could become a professional mathematician. And frankly, that was fine with me. I had no desire to spend my life doing exercises out of a textbook, which is what I assumed mathematicians did — if I even thought about what they did.


Pre-to-3: New certification recognizes strong early-childhood STEM programs (Education Dive) 
Situated in what has become known as the East Coast version of Silicon Valley, Minnieland Academy at Ashbriar, a private early-childhood and kindergarten center in Ashburn, Virginia, was looking for a way to stand out among newer preschool programs. “They’re just screaming technology from the roof” to attract a “a lot of really smart parents” working in the area’s growing engineering sector, Shaun Marie Harrison, the center’s director, said in an interview.


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s coding school in Arizona may be forced to close (AZ Central) 

A computer coding school associated with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is in trouble with regulators and could close in Arizona. The state board that oversees private colleges unanimously voted against renewing the license for Woz U, a college with in-person and online programs in Arizona that launched in 2017.



Facebook Award Helps Coding Bootcamp Reduce STEM Workplace Disparities (Diverse Education) 

Ironhack, a Miami-based global coding bootcamp that feeds women and underrepresented minorities into the STEM pipeline, has garnered the 2019 Facebook F8 Scholarship to aid efforts to diversify tech fields. The $250,000 award will launch the Digital Creators Fund, a collaboration between Ironhack and Facebook. It will help 50 students afford the bootcamp, which offers certifications in web development, UX/UI design and data analytics.


Tech workers organize protest against Palantir on the GitHub coding platform (Fast Company) 

If all goes as planned, sometime this weekend Palantir, the data-mining unicorn startup expected to go public later this year at a valuation of as much as $41 billion, will be the target of a novel digital protest designed to incite Palantir’s engineers to rise up against their bosses. Hatched by a group called the Tech Workers Coalition, the plan calls for organized waves of digital protesters to post a prepared message to Palantir’s GitHub boards, normally used to flag and fix software bugs.

Higher Education

Tax on Amazon, Microsoft would fund free college tuition in Washington state (KING5) 

Some of Washington state’s biggest companies like Amazon and Microsoft will soon pay higher taxes to fund higher education. The money will primarily go to funding full tuition scholarships for students with families that make less than $50,000 a year. Students like University of Washington junior Bailey Griffin. “My high school didn’t offer chemistry, calculus, or physics. I knew it was going to be a challenge and affording college, in general, was going to be a big one,” the engineering student said.

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out (IEEE Spectrum)

it’s easy enough for students to sign up for online university courses, but getting them to finish is much harder. Dropout rates for online courses can be as high as 80 percent. Researchers have tried to help by developing early warning systems that predict which students are more likely to drop out. Administrators could then use these predictions to target at-risk students with extra retention efforts.

Best Biomedical Engineering Schools Worldwide (Interesting Engineering)

If you want to start a career as a biomedical engineer, then it’s important to get the right education. But finding the right biomedical engineering degree program doesn’t have to be limited to one particular country. That’s because there are several schools around the world that offer great programs for future biomedical engineers. Yet, some schools outshine the rest, and it’s worth comparing different degree programs to determine which school is right for you.

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