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Why science education for seniors is a boon for them - and for everyone else

July 05, 2018

The global population is aging -- it’s expected that over 21 percent of people worldwide will be over the age of 60 by the year 2050 -- but this large and growing portion of society is often left out of science outreach. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach initiatives target K-12 students with the idea that our resources are best spent raising a scientifically literate and innovative next generation.

Trump Moves to End Racial Discrimination by Colleges

July 05, 2018

The “affirmative action” racial policies were discarded on Tuesday, just before Independence Day. “Such [racial] policies are outrageously wrong,” says Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), a nonprofit think tank which studies civil rights, immigration, and integration.

RoboThink lets kids build and program functional robots

July 03, 2018

Kids love to build things. Kids also love robots.  That’s why Robothink, a Chicago-based company launched in 2016 by Danny Park, was created to educate kids in STEM through building and coding robots. The company's goal is to lay the foundation for kids to pursue careers in STEM-based occupations.

Study explores what makes strong science teachers

July 03, 2018

A new study shows that eighth-grade science teachers without an educational background in science are less likely to practice inquiry-oriented science instruction, a pedagogical approach that develops students' understanding of scientific concepts and engages students in hands-on science projects.

Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers

July 02, 2018

This weeklong Girl Scout Cyber Camp is the first in the region and among the first in the nation. Soon the badges will follow. The Girl Scouts, along with Palo Alto Networks, will be unveiling its official Cybersecurity badges for Daisy, Brownie and Junior (grades K through 5) Girl Scouts this summer. Badges for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (grades 6 to 12) will roll out in 2019.

Fostering Interest for Women and Girls in STEM and the UAS Industry

July 01, 2018

This presentation addresses the often-asked question, “Where are the women?” Susan Bickford is the owner of New England UAV, a drone consulting company based out Rochester, NH and works as the Stewardship Coordinator and GIS Specialist at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wells, Maine.

Kindergarten coders: When is too early to put kids in front of screens?

July 01, 2018

Last year, Jeremy Seedorf’s 9-year-old daughter and her classmates received tablet computers from their Lancaster County school. He wouldn’t let her bring one home: “The iPads were coming, and there was nothing we could do about it.” In the Neshaminy School District, Jessica Reeder was taken aback when she discovered that her daughter had to use the internet to do her first-grade homework: “That was a little bit concerning to us.”

Girls Who Code unveils new plan for closing tech's gender gap

June 29, 2018

Girls Who Code is offering new ideas to promote their efforts to close the gender gap in the tech workforce. The new agenda includes recommendations for lawmakers and officials to help the national non-profit toward its goal of boosting the number of women in computer science and engineering fields.

Teachers can put Chromebooks on lockdown when giving Classroom quizzes

June 28, 2018

Technology’s heavy hitters are in Chicago this week, showing off their latest ed-tech offerings at International Society for Technology in Education conference. For Google, that means some key updates to Classrooms, the free, browser-based educational software that’s currently used by “over 30 million students” globally, by its count.

Summer STEM Toys for Kids

June 28, 2018

Summer is here and while the kids are out from school, it’s the perfect time to stock up on new summer STEM toys that also incorporate valuable STEM learning to prevent that dreaded “summer slide.”

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