Education

Recruiting efforts pay off in form of young, bright engineers

November 02, 2017

Brain power is key to testing the most advanced aircraft and aircraft systems in the world. Where better to find that brain power than within the halls of the finest universities in the world. Each year, the 412th Test Engineering Group sends recruitment teams as far away as Georgia in search of young talent to pave the way for the future of flight test at Edwards AFB. This effort by the group seems to be paying off with 63 new engineers hired in the past two years.

5 impactful edtech trends in 2017

November 02, 2017

Education technology is evolving, and this is a magnificent thing. It manages to provide us with that power and experience that everyone wanted to have as a young child. But integrating various new education technology trends to the table does seem to be quite challenging, especially with so many unique ideas offered on the market.

4 Organizations that Support Technology Integration

November 02, 2017

Education technology like apps and mobile devices have been proven to be really effective in improving student outcomes and enhancing engagement in the classroom. To make the most of classroom tech, educators need training and professional development. These four organizations can help.

Want your child to learn STEM skills? Check out these robot kits for kids

October 31, 2017

You say you’re a parent or teacher investigating robot kits for children? And you don’t want a simple solution with a single purpose: you want the child to experience science, technology, engineering, and math? We get it. You want a kit that teaches all four categories, from piecing together the foundation to wiring the appendages to programming the “brain” using software. That’s where our list of robot kits for kids comes in.

To see more women in science, deal with test-taking anxiety in girls

October 31, 2017

In a recent standardized science test given to 15-year-olds in 72 countries, there was almost no gap in the scores between boys and girls. The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test administered by the OECD every three years to more than half a million students, found that boys scored 4 points, or less than 1%, better than girls in science.

White House, Tech Companies Pledge $500 Million to Increase STEM Opportunities

October 30, 2017

As K-12 schools attempt to close the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills gap, federal support for such programs is key. Under President Obama, there was Computer Science for All, an initiative designed to give schools support and funding to provide opportunities for underrepresented students. While President Trump’s 2018 budget proposed some cuts to educational services that help these students, a recent memo indicates the president may be embracing STEM in schools like his predecessor.

Why we shouldn't teach tech in kindergarten

October 30, 2017

Instead of prioritizing technology first, we need to teach students how to think and adapt, how to communicate and ask questions. Childhood is a cherished, sacred time — one for sparking imagination. Indeed, the purpose of K-12 education has expanded beyond offering just content and now entails equipping students with life skills.

Growing Number of States Embrace Career Education

October 30, 2017

After years of focusing intensely on college readiness, states are turning their attention to students' futures as workers, enacting a flurry of laws and policies designed to bolster career education and preparation. "What we're seeing is that there's been a shift from focusing purely on college readiness to thinking also about career readiness," said Jennifer Thomsen, who analyzes policy for the Education Commission of the States.

New Online Tracker Shows How States Will Hold Schools Accountable Under ESSA

October 30, 2017

As part of ESSA, every state was required to create and submit a plan to hold its K–12 schools accountable for student performance. Achieve’s new tool summarizes states’ goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the other indicators and weighting that states plan to use for accountability purposes.

Determine Whether a STEM Major Is the Right Choice

October 29, 2017

Courses, however, may not give students a full perspective of a STEM discipline. One way prospective students can get a feel for how much they'll like a STEM major is to get hands-on exposure. Those interested in computer science, for example, can try out coding through sites like Vidcode or Codecademy, says Korth. Applicants should also speak with STEM undergrads, says Blumeris.

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