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Chinese Companies Seek to Buy U.S. Campuses

October 16, 2018

A Chinese company that until January went by the name Jiangsu Zhongtai Bridge Steel Structure Company plans to purchase a nonprofit American music college. What could go wrong? Plenty, argue faculty members, donors and alumni who oppose Rider University’s plans to sell the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., to the company now known as Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Company.

Betsy DeVos Steers Federal Grant for 'Innovation' to STEM Programs

October 16, 2018

Programs focused on helping schools to improve instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, were big winners in the latest round of the Education Innovation and Research grants. In fact, of the 18 winners, at least 11 appear to have some sort of STEM twist. EIR, a $120 million program, is intended to help test out and scale up promising practices at the state and district levels. The STEM focus with this year's round of grantees is no surprise. In fact, Congress told the Education Department to funnel at least $50 million of EIR's funding to STEM in fiscal year 2018, which covers this round of grantees.

How to help children succeed in a technology-filled future

October 15, 2018

If the basic uses of current technology is known to children, what can a school -- the place in which kids learn the most -- do to challenge children and help them use their devices in the most effective ways possible? As advanced technology continues to be created, elementary schools are correct in moving with the world and providing technology-based curricula for their students.

STEM Helps Students Launch into the Future

October 14, 2018

Science and technology classes are crucial to prepare students with the skills they will need to be a part of the next workforce generation.

Mozilla's ambitious plan to teach coders not to be evil

October 14, 2018

“You can’t take an ethics course from 50 or even 25 years ago and drop it in the middle of a computer science program and expect it to grab people or be particularly applicable,” Baker says. “We are looking to encourage ways of teaching ethics that make sense in a computer science program, that make sense today, and that make sense in understanding questions of data.”

We Still Need Career And Technical Education - Even With 3.7% Unemployment

October 10, 2018

The American economy added 134,000 jobs in September, according to the US Department of Commerce. The unemployment rate sits at 3.7% - the lowest since 1969. On the other hand, earlier this week Verizon announced 44,000 layoffs to its global workforce, including a significant portion in the United States, and the outsourcing of 2,500-5,000 jobs to external contractors.

What makes a STEM teacher? Developing identities of STEM teachers at emerging STEM schools

October 09, 2018

What kind of picture of a STEM teacher do you have? El Nagdi and colleagues attempted to answer this question by conducting a study with participants of emerging STEM schools in the US, published in the International Journal of STEM Education. Since STEM schools are a recent initiative, a STEM teacher is a learning, developing and multi-disciplinary-oriented not yet defined kind of person.

NSF launches pilot for national high school engineering course

October 08, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a pilot to prepare a curriculum and teachers across the U.S. for a nationwide pre-college course on engineering principles and design. The three-year, $4-million pilot marks an important milestone in the creation of a nationally recognized high school engineering course intended to lead to widely accepted, transferrable credit at the college level.

Too few women in on-screen STEM roles

October 08, 2018

Male TV and film characters holding jobs in science, technology, engineering and math outnumber women nearly two-to-one, a new study conducted by the Lyda Hill Foundation and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media finds. The “Portray Her” study analyzed STEM characters in entertainment media and surveyed women about their perceptions of STEM careers.

STEM Majors: How to Choose the Right Degree

October 08, 2018

STEM refers to a broad group of academic subjects focused on the sciences, technological fields, engineering disciplines, and mathematics. In higher education, you'll find hundreds if not thousands of options for studying a STEM discipline. Degree possibilities include certificate programs, two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees.

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