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Computer science now counts as math credit in most states - is this a good idea?

October 14, 2019

As part of the organization’s mission to “make computer science count” in K-12 education, code.org takes credit for having influenced graduation policies in 42 states. Today, 47 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science classes to count in place of math classes like Algebra 2. Prior to the organization’s work, only a few states allowed computer science to count for math credit.

Proposed loan redemption program for new STEM teachers in NJ advances

October 14, 2019

As the focus on careers in science, technology, engineering and math continues to build, a bipartisan bill that would provide up to $20,000 in tuition reimbursement for new STEM teachers in New Jersey schools is advancing in the state Legislature.

All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA headquarters to inspire female aviators

October 11, 2019

A Delta flight operated exclusively by women, and carrying 120 young females as passengers, took off this week to inspire more women to become aviators and advocate for equality in a "male-dominated industry."

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces New Initiative to Support Opening and Expanding Charter Schools in Opportunity Zones

October 11, 2019

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a new initiative to promote the creation and expansion of high-quality public charter schools in Opportunity Zones across the United States. Currently, more than 70% of Opportunity Zones do not have a public charter school option available to students.

Unhidden Figures

October 10, 2019

Despite recent strides in gender pay equity and an overall increase in women in STEM education and careers, a troubling fact remains for the industry and the nation: Not a single state has more women than men with STEM degrees. The gap is widest in New Mexico, where women have 22.5% fewer STEM bachelor's degrees than men.

First LEGO League Jr. Discovery Rolls Out

October 10, 2019

With it becoming more clear this generation of students will need to excel in STEM-related studies, it’s no surprise the core curriculum has been pushed so strongly over the past few years. However, recently experts and educators have been asking the focus to switch slightly to include the arts. The reason behind the change matters more than you may think. Aiding in this move is the recently-released First LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition line, a “playful introductory STEM program.”

Here's why robotics education will help students for life

October 08, 2019

Much of today’s impactful teaching focuses on the “why” behind the concept being taught. When it comes to STEM concepts such as robotics, educators and students alike may wonder why they should learn robotics if they don’t plan to pursue it in college or the workforce. The answer? Robotics education will help students for life.

Virtual Reality (VR) In Education

October 08, 2019

Slowly but surely, virtual reality and augmented reality are making their way into the mainstream. While both (known along with mixed reality as “reality technologies”) have been around for a couple of decades, they were until relatively recently reserved to a small group of aficionados.

Under a Spell: Parents Hear Bad News about Screens in Schools

October 08, 2019

At the start of the talk, Schmidt heard from local parents who made a distinction between educational use versus entertainment. His response: screen-based learning is not as positive as widely assumed and screen-based gaming is perhaps worse than suspected, in terms of child development and growth.

Senate advances Fischer-supported STEM education bill

October 07, 2019

If enacted, the bill would direct NSF, when awarding grants under the Discovery Research PreK-12 program, to improve the focus of research and development on early childhood education, according to the congressional record summary.

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