College President Argues Against Free Speech on Campus

April 09, 2019

Union College President David R. Harris recently penned an argument against free speech on college campuses, claiming that institutions of higher learning have a responsibility to manage speech by providing “constructive engagement,” so that students can have an optimal learning experience.

littleBits, Disney team up to get 15,000 girls into STEM

April 08, 2019

Educational techco littleBits is partnering with The Walt Disney Company to close the gender gap in STEM through a one-year pilot project called Snap the Gap. Launching in California, 15,000 ten-year-old girls will be given a building kit to invent and play with their creations, provided by Disney, a subscription to the educational platform, and a female mentor who can help them develop in STEM.

Lego Spike Prime is the coolest way to learn engineering since 1998

April 08, 2019

With its bright, flat cables hanging out everywhere, it may look like some retro computer cobbled together in a 1980s garage in the colorway of a 1990s shoe, but this is Lego’s latest, most technologically advanced set. It just happens to be aesthetically inspired by Lego’s very first robotics kits. Its name is Spike Prime, and it’s been designed to teach engineering to kids in sixth to eighth grades while keeping it compatible with all Lego bricks. Sadly, you won’t be able to buy it in stores.

Trump Free Speech Order Already Working to Protect Students

April 08, 2019

Besides happening on the same day, what do these two completely different events involving TPUSA students have in common? They both took place the day after President Trump signed an executive order that took aim squarely at the checkbooks of colleges and universities that deny free speech to students on campus.Coincidence?

Will Technology Ever Replace Teachers?

April 08, 2019

My answer is a yes and a no. It depends on what your job really is. Technology should change the way we work in a positive way. We all want our students to be in the lead and learn and use cutting edge technology so that when they are in the workforce they can be effective and current. So why not model this type of behavior as an adult?

AI Is the New Tool for a Revolution in Education

April 07, 2019

Education has not had a make-over in over a century. Some schools still advocate for factory-style instruction. Bureaucratic red tape and top-down initiatives consume teachers’ time, leaving little left for instruction. No industry is more ready for a revolution than education. The fourth revolution in education is here, and it’s called artificial intelligence. AI is taking schools and classrooms by storm as educators welcome AI with open arms. Artificial intelligence has the potential to change education for the better.

STEM education is key in today's global competitive landscape

April 05, 2019

Like many industries, the defense and aerospace sector faces a talent shortage for critical STEM-based roles. With a looming workforce cliff and competition from other fields to recruit for the hundreds of thousands of unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, our industry faces the alarming possibility of not being able to replace its retiring talent.

Dem senators introduce bill to combat sexual harassment in STEM

April 05, 2019

The bill, called the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, comes in response to a study published last year that found 58 percent of women in STEM fields say they have been sexually harassed. It is the companion measure to a House bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).

K-12 Teachers Use Augmented and Virtual Reality Platforms to Teach Biology

April 04, 2019

Augmented and virtual reality tools are enhancing biology and health and wellness classes for K-12 students through safe, virtual labs and field trips that go inside the body. Growing demand for mixed reality content, to increase engagement, has sparked a wave of creativity in how immersive tools are used in the classroom, especially in traditionally abstract topics such as math and computer science.

Congressman Lowenthal Requests $35M For STEM-focused STARBASE Education Program

April 04, 2019

The STARBASE program is run at student academies set up on existing military bases. The goal of the program is to provide STEM-focused experiments and activities to motivate students to further explore STEM subjects throughout their continuing education. The STARBASE academies serve students who are historically underrepresented in STEM: students who live in inner cities or rural locations, are socioeconomically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability.


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