Tuesday — July 16, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, the Girl Scouts release 42 new badges in cybersecurity, coding, space exploration, citizen science and more; a poll commissioned by LEGO finds American kids are more interested in being YouTubers than astronauts, the Inventing Tomorrow documentary following students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to debut on 7/28, what can we learn from the closing of Silicon Valley’s experimental AltSchool?, and more!

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Diversity in STEM

42 New Girl Scout Badges to Change the World (Girl Scouts) 
Say hello to 42 NEW Girl Scout badges and one NEW Journey exclusively for girls ages 5-18! The new programming allows girls to make their own choices about how they want to experience and influence the world while preparing them to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning and real-life problem-solving in cybersecurity, coding, space exploration, and citizen science. 




American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts (ars technica) 
The Apollo program’s effect of inspiring America’s children to pursue careers in STEM fields is one of the most powerful lasting legacies of the Moon race. Unfortunately, this effect seems to be coming to an end. On the eve of the Apollo 11 anniversary, LEGO asked The Harris Poll to survey a total of 3,000 children in the United States, China, and the United Kingdom about their attitudes toward and knowledge of space. The results reveal that, at least for Western countries, kids today are more interested in YouTube than spaceflight.

Is AI Going To Be A Jobs Killer? New Reports About The Future Of Work (Forbes) 
Amazon announced last week that it will spend $700 million to train about 100,000 workers in the US by 2025, helping them move into more highly skilled jobs. The New York Times observed that with this program Amazon is acknowledging that “advances in automation technology will handle many tasks now done by people.” The number of jobs which AI and machines will displace in the future has been the subject of numerous studies and surveys and op-eds and policy papers since 2013, when a pair of Oxford academics, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, estimated that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation by the mid-2030s. 

STEM Competitions

13-Year-Old Scientist’s Research Shows Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids’ Ears (NPR) 
Hand dryers are ubiquitous in public restrooms, but according to research recently published in the Canadian journal Paediatrics & Child Health, the noise they make may be harmful to children’s ears. And the study’s author can speak from personal experience. “Sometimes after using hand dryers my ears would start ringing,” 13-year-old Nora Keegan from Calgary, Canada, tells NPR. “I also noticed that children would not want to use hand dryers, and they’d be covering their ears.”

Transforming Our World through The Next Generation, Six Young Scientists Are INVENTING TOMORROW Premiering 7/29 (Broadway World) 
Inventing Tomorrow follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today-right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research that they will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Against the backdrop of today’s most pressing environmental threats, we immerse the audience in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most. 



K-12 Education

What Can We Learn From An Experimental High Tech Wunderschool Failure? (Forbes) 
Max Ventilla launched AltSchool quietly enough in 2013, but within two years it was a hot Silicon Valley startup. In 2015, $100 million of investment dollars from major education reform players like Mark Zuckerberg and the Emerson Collective spurred an impressive wave of press. In just 24 hours the Silicon Valley Wunderschool has been covered by Kevin Carey in the Pacific Standard, Natasha Singer in the New York Times, and Issie Lapowski at WIRED.com. And USA Today and techcrunch and Forbes.

Interest in Game-Based Learning Surges (T.H.E. Journal) 
The education sector is expected to see a massive surge in game-based learning over the next five years in the K-12 space. According to a new forecast from market research firm Metaari, game-based learning will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.2 percent over the next five years, and revenues are expected quadruple to $24 billion by 2024. Metaari attributes the growth in game-based learning to eight major catalysts, including private investment going to serious game developers, large-scale distribution agreements and interest merger and acquisition activity. 

Higher Education

Chemours Expands its Future of Chemistry Scholarships Program, Awarding Six Scholarships to STEM Students at HBCUs (Chemours) 
The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with leading market positions in fluoroproducts, titanium technologies, and chemical solutions, today awarded scholarships to six Delaware students who will study STEMfields at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the fall. The six Chemours Future of Chemistry Scholarships are part of the company’s commitment to deliver $400,000 in scholarships over three years to talented, high-potential young people who live in communities where the company operates.

Kentucky’s STEM degrees take off, but another degree field is way down (Louisville Business First) 
Colleges in Kentucky have boosted STEM degree production sharply during the last five academic years. But officials are worried about a sharp decrease in the number of education degrees students have earned.The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, an agency that coordinates oversight of Kentucky’s colleges, released a new report last week that states colleges increased the number of STEM degrees they awarded by 45.4 percent in the 2017-18 academic year compared with the 2013-14 year.

Children of Marines can further their education thanks to this scholarship (USA Today) 
…Allen-Dansby decided to pursue his dream career – working as an emergency medical technician for the Austin Fire Department Cadet Academy – because he felt taking care of patients and making a difference in his community best honored his father’s heroism. Today, Allen-Dansby is well on his way to achieving this goal. He’s a junior pursuing his EMT certification at Austin Community College. As his education progresses, he’s supported along the way financially thanks to a Career and Technical Education Scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

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