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American kids would much rather be YouTubers than astronauts

July 17, 2019

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.

We need equitable computer science education policies to close the gender gap in technology

July 16, 2019

In 1965, the Library of Congress got its first computer--so big that it had to be delivered one piece at a time. Back then, it most likely would have been women helping input data into a machine-readable format. That’s because, in the ’60s and ’70s, many believed that women were on track to outnumber men in tech. In fact, the number of women studying data processing was growing faster than the number of men.

Senate passes Christa McAuliffe commemorative coin bill

July 15, 2019

“Christa McAuliffe continues to serve as a role model and inspiration for Granite Staters and Americans across the country seeking to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” Shaheen said. “By further strengthening support for STEM education, this bill honors Christa’s legacy as a passionate and dedicated advocate for her students and for science education.

What Matters More: Skills or Degrees?

July 15, 2019

Historically, employers made the baccalaureate, and in some cases advanced degrees, the gateway to an interview. If you did not hold the sheepskin, you would not get in the door. But times have changed. Rapidly advancing technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, robotics and the advent of quantum computing have created an environment in which much of what is learned in college becomes outdated in a few short years.

Robots are teaching language skills, but are they any good?

July 14, 2019

Education technology has many faces. A prominent one has long been computer-assisted language learning, offering great promise for struggling readers, non-English speakers, or those seeking to master a second tongue. And, in recent years, the technology has raced ahead. No longer do students simply repeat what they hear through headphones or get instruction from a computer screen--now they can talk to ROBOTS.

Christa McAuliffe's 'Lost' STEM Lessons Updated, Made Available Free

July 14, 2019

One of Christa McAuliffe most quoted lines was, "I touch the future. I teach." McAuliffe, the first teacher chosen to go into space, had planned to distribute science and engineering lessons and share demonstrations with students around the world. She, along with the other crew members of flight STS-51, died when their Challenger shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight. Now, this long-mourned high school social studies teacher's "lost lessons" have recently been updated and made available to teachers.

An Expert List Of The World's Best Universities

July 12, 2019

Unlike Forbes’ top colleges ranking, which only measures U.S. schools, Times Higher Education casts its net around the globe. The list emphasizes scholarship, research funding and reputation and does not consider things like entry requirements, graduation rates, professor ratings or alumni salaries.

Libraries celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

July 11, 2019

The umbrella initiative, Summer of Space, is a partnership among NASA, the Collaborative Summer Learning Program consortium, and the Space Science Institute (SSI), and was formed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20 as well as encourage science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. More than 4,800 libraries from all 50 states have registered for Summer of Space, and organizers expect nearly 16,000 libraries are likely to participate independently.

What are the best science toys to buy in 2019?

July 11, 2019

When it comes to selecting between the best science toys brands, things can be confusing. The top brands and its reputation does make an impact on the choices you have on offer. Cheaply-priced faucets are just that – cheap. science toys and fittings are more like investments, and you wouldn’t want to spend huge in repairs and replacement, which is why selecting a known and reliable brand is important.

While 5G Is Coming to Our Cell Phones, Our Schools Are Stuck in 2G

July 11, 2019

The newest craze in tech is 5G wireless speeds. All the major carriers are racing to be the first to upgrade their coverage speed, investing up to $1 trillion to develop infrastructure for nationwide 5G by 2020. But while our nation focuses on developing cutting-edge cell speed, we’re leaving behind a far more important need: preparing our students for the new economy.

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