NEF Offers $40 Million STEM and Energy Matching Grants for K-12 Schools
The little-known federal funding program has $400 million currently available. NEF has set aside $40 million to provide the required 10 percent matching grant. NEF's academic partner, the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest U.S. university, will set up and maintain the mandated STEM+ Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, English, Social Studies, SAT/ACT, IT, Business) at no cost to the school district.
How You Can Use the Power of STEM to Change Lives
Lee Lambert of nonprofit Washington STEM is quick to point out STEM-based skills hiding in plain view. “Anyone in construction, that’s STEM – no one can add fractions like those people! That big warehouse on the way to work could be a carpet liquidator or it could be an advanced manufacturing facility that makes precision water knives to cut through carbon fiber. That’s a STEM job too.”
Drone STEM Summer Camp for Kids and Teens Launches in Cities Across the Country
Drobots Company, a national leader in providing kids and teens with interactive summer camp experiences, announced this week that it has initiated its rollout in 18 states and nearly 50 cities across the country. Drobots aims to revolutionize summer program offerings by combining technology, education, innovation, and teamwork to provide kids in grades 2-12 with an unforgettable experience and to move them away from computer screens to the outdoors.
"Digital divide" taking on new meaning at schools
The Education Week survey found 59 percent of fourth-grade math teachers in high-poverty schools had received training within the past two years on integrating technology into instruction, compared to 69 percent for the wealthiest schools. The difference “may be fueling a new digital divide that threatens to exacerbate long-standing inequities and separate education’s haves and have-nots along new fault lines,” the researchers wrote.
Texas Tech ranked most affordable online college for women in STEM
With an annual tuition rate of $6,480, Tech costs significantly less than other online degree programs. At No. 2 behind Tech is University of Massachusetts-Lowell at $8,625 - more than $2,000 higher than Tech’s tuition. The average rate of the ranked schools is $12,207, nearly twice as much as Tech’s tuition.
Career and Technical Education Emerging as Vehicle for STEM in Trump Era
Experiential, work-based career and technical education programs are receiving attention from policymakers and leaders in the scientific community as an emerging vehicle for STEM education, including through the Perkins reauthorization bill, a new National Science Board initiative on the skilled technical workforce, and ongoing programs at federal science agencies.
What Happened to Amazon Inspire, the Tech Giant's Education Marketplace?
Last summer the world’s largest online retailer launched Amazon Inspire, touting it as a hub for educators to exchange lesson plans and other Open Education Resources. But a year later, the site remains in limited, invitation-only beta. Some wonder when it will be open to the wider education community (and what the company’s broader education strategy is).
Cracking the code: Why aren't more women majoring in computer science?
While identifying the root cause for the gender gap that exists among computer science degree holders is difficult, researchers are finding that what happens in an introductory CS college classroom can greatly influence women’s decision to enter or stay out of the programming field.
MakerBot Debuts 3D Print Manager for Schools, Educator Guidebook
Compatible with Chromebooks, My MakerBot is designed to make it easier for students to use printers and for instructors to manage them. The platform connects a user's networked 3D printers, Thingiverse account, orders and support cases and allows users to upload and prepare files, print and monitor print jobs from any device.
How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms
At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.