Education

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With A Federal Apprenticeship Program?

July 23, 2017

The recently passed H.R. 2353 reduces the role of the federal government in workforce programs.  Education and the Workforce Committee ChairmanVirginia Foxx, in her FoxNews commentary, wrote that educational institutions, private companies, and community leaders must  work together to create apprenticeship programs without the federal government dictating implementation. Despite this House effort to return workforce development to local control, lawmakers are plowing ahead with new legislation for more government control.

Robolink engages kids with robotics, drone programming

July 23, 2017

Cables and screwdrivers cover every corner of a partitioned room where different kids build new robots each week, making cardboard mazes to test their robot trucks or duck their heads as fist-sized drones whiz by. This mechanical playground, Robolink, is a San Diego-based educational technology company, which conducts an annual program that teaches science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fundamentals to K-12 students through the building and programming of robots.

How States Can Boost Science Learning, Thanks to ESSA

July 23, 2017

Science education advocates are among those cheering the new federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act: It's an opportunity to get science on the radar screen in a way they couldn't under ESSA's predecessor. The former law didn't count science tests towards anything, thereby relegating the subject, in many advocates' eyes, to second-tier status.

The Search for Real-World STEM Problems

July 21, 2017

If you want to engage students and get them excited about what they are learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes, ask them to tackle a real-world problem. Then watch their amazement as they realize what they are learning in class actually has real-world applications.

As Connectivity Improves, The Digital Divide Persists in Teacher Tech Preparation

July 20, 2017

While it may seem like more and more schools are embracing technology in the classroom, Education Week’s 20th annual Technology Counts survey has found that schools still aren’t quite reaching the full potential of technology in the classroom, largely because of digital divide issues, particularly around teacher training.

How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy? Less Than You Might Think

July 20, 2017

Dr. Michael Kennedy, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, was relatively sure he knew the answer to this research question: “When making, purchasing and/or adoption decisions regarding a new technology-based product for your district or school, how important is the existence of peer-reviewed research to back the product?” Nevertheless, as part of the Edtech Research Efficacy Symposium held earlier this year, Kennedy created a research team and gathered the data. But, to his surprise, the results challenged conventional wisdom.

Coding Among STEM Careers Women Overlook

July 20, 2017

While women earn 57.3% of undergraduate college degrees, they receive less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science. This is problematic for several reasons. Women tend to pursue degrees that lead to lower-paying jobs – which is one of the contributing factors in the gender pay gap. But certain STEM careers provide a respite from gender inequalities.

Boeing representative encourages STEM curriculum at a young age

July 19, 2017

Implementing the STEM curriculum at an early age is the way to go for Boeing South Carolina, a company executive told the Florence Rotary Club on Monday. In the nine years of Boeing South Carolina’s existence, it has 7,500 employees, and in five years half of the company’s engineers will be eligible to retire, said Tommy Preston, director of Boeing’s national strategy and government operations.

Girls Learn Virtuous Hacking at Tandon School of Engineering

July 19, 2017

Forty-five high school girls are tackling programming, virtuous hacking and digital forensics this week at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. The no-cost program is intended to woo more women into data security. Tandon's population of female students for the coming academic year is 40 percent, compared to a national average of 20 percent among engineering undergraduate programs in 2015, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.

Research offers new hope for gender equity in STEM fields

July 19, 2017

In a study of nine million degree recipients in the United States between 2009 and 2014, Dafna Gelbgiser and Kyle Albert, M.A. ’11, Ph.D. ’16, found that the student population of green fields of study is systematically more gender-equal than other fields of study, both in STEM and non-STEM disciplines. The researchers suggest that because these new fields lack traditional gender norms and stereotypes, they attract a balanced gender population.

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