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Bill Gates thinks this woman is a 'hero.' Here's how you can replicate her success

July 13, 2018

To many, Bill Gates is a hero. But the billionaire philanthropist has shown that even world-class icons have idols of their own. For him, one among them is Anna Rosling Rönnlund. In a blog post earlier this year, Gates dubbed the Swedish social entrepreneur a hero for “making a difference in the world” through her work.

Microsoft to invest $2M in Computer Science Teachers Association

July 12, 2018

The investment will act as “seed money” for the 14-year-old association, said Jane Broom, Microsoft’s senior director of philanthropies in Washington state. CSTA has subsisted on corporate donations and volunteer efforts to build out its regional chapters, Broom said, but in order to empower computer science educators in the same way that other associations support teachers in other subjects...

STEM Education Advisory Panel announced

July 12, 2018

July 11, 2018 - The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education, as authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.

Ivanka Trump visits Syracuse, hears from Auburn, CNY leaders about P-TECH program

July 11, 2018

Trump, who said she is passionate about workforce development, views programs like P-TECH as a way to address a problem facing many employers: The lack of skilled workers to fill positions. "There are so many job opportunities, and many of those job opportunities don't require four-year degrees," she said.

Bridging the STEM Skills Gap Involves Both Education and Industry Commitments

July 11, 2018

The goal of STEM Education Works' curriculum is to expose students to industry-relevant technical skills at a younger age, Strimel said. These types of skills are currently only introduced in high-school elective classes, he said, but by applying academic standards such as Next Generation Science Standards, the curriculum can be a foundation in core STEM classes to introduce these skills in middle school.

How The Maker Movement Is Using EdTech Toys To Inspire The Next Generation Of Innovators

July 11, 2018

For all that we hear about technology causing greater disconnection in society today, a growing movement of “makers” is offering a different twist on this narrative, instead using technology to unite people around making the world a better place. Makers might be teachers, professionals, students, parents, DIY hobbyists or just tinkerers; whatever their professional background, makers share a personal fascination with creating, often using technology.

Online STEM Courses Need More Real-World Interactivity

July 11, 2018

What do students want in the learning activities for their online STEM courses? They'd prefer more real-life problems to solve and instructional resources such as simulations, case studies, videos and demonstrations. They'd also like the chance to meet and collaborate with other students as well as teaching assistants online.

The STEM Skills That Turn Engineers Into Entrepreneurs

July 10, 2018

From Google, to Microsoft, to the White House, organizations are spending millions of dollars to integrate technology and computer science into classrooms. And, while introducing and encouraging the understanding of STEM principles is critical for young students aiming to find success in science and math skills, these principles are equally important for those looking to build businesses of their own someday.

'Peanuts' and NASA are collaborating again - five decades after Snoopy's moon mission

July 10, 2018

Peanuts Worldwide and NASA will announce on Tuesday that they have entered into a multiyear Space Act Agreement, executives at Peanuts tell The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. The partnership is engineered “to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM” education among students, according to Peanuts Worldwide.

NSF awards more than $150 million to early career researchers in engineering and computer science

July 09, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $150 million in 307 early career engineering and computer science faculty to advance fields from intelligent infrastructure and collaborative robots to secure communications and brain-related technologies. Over the next five years, each researcher will receive up to $500,000 from NSF to build a firm scientific footing for solving challenges and scaling new heights for the nation, as well as serve as academic role models in research and education.

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