Education

SciGirls Offers Real STEM Role Models for Young Girls

August 07, 2017

In each half-hour episode, middle-school-aged girls are paired with female STEM professionals, and together with cartoon mascots Izzie and Jake, they embark on a STEM mission. Every episode takes place in a different location and features new teams of students and professional scientists.

Education Technology, Personalized Learning, and Virtual Schooling: Opportunities and Dangers

August 06, 2017

The cover of the latest issue of The Economist boldly proclaims, "The Future of Learning: How Technology is Transforming Education." One article discusses how technology and teachers can revamp schools through personalized learning. Another notes that recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) permit machines to learn about the students using them by analyzing data from problem sets and practice tests.

New G.I. Bill Benefits Focus on STEM Careers

August 04, 2017

The Senate unanimously passed a $3 billion expansion to the G.I. Bill on Wednesday, paving the way for veterans to pursue STEM careers while bolstering existing benefits. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure, which the House passed last week, also in a unanimous vote. The original G.I. Bill was created after World War II, allowing returning veterans to receive an education in return for their service.

Dow and Richard Childress Racing Launch 'The Speed of STEM' Learning Modules

August 03, 2017

Sharing a common passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and education, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) unveiled today the first of a series of learning modules that bring to life the importance of STEM in the sport of racing.

Trump donated $100,000 for a science camp. What should it look like?

August 03, 2017

“We want to encourage as many children as possible to explore STEM fields, in the hope that many develop a passion for these fields,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said at a 26 July White House press briefing where she accepted the gift. But the White House and the department released no details about the planned camp, leaving many STEM professionals uncertain about what the Trump administration has in mind.

3 Ways Game-Based Learning Can Boost Math Skills

August 02, 2017

Games can be a great tool for teaching students about complex topics like digital citizenship, politics and even science. With about 47 percent of kids aged 4 to 13 playing digital games every day, game-based learning is poised to further engage children in the classroom.

Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed for STEM Workforce?

August 01, 2017

The STEM workforce is rapidly changing, said James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, a STEM education advocacy group. Mechanics and technicians--occupations that aren't always popularly associated with a need for computing skills--now require some programming ability, he said. And the jobs pay well.

NASA Releases 'INSPIRE Women Act' Report on Engaging Girls in STEM

August 01, 2017

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chairman of the STEM Education Caucus, today welcomed a report from NASA on their plans and programs to education and inspire the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

'Hyperlinked' is the latest series aimed at STEM for girls

July 31, 2017

Brindak Blake knew how tough middle school could be for girls, so she launched a tween social networking site called "Miss O And Friends." Now in her 20s, she never imagined her idea would be used as the basis for "Hyperlinked," a new YouTube Red series which follows the lives of five young friends.

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

July 31, 2017

As many education tools go digital, some people have feared that libraries may go the way of the dinosaur. However, the skills that students need to thrive in a modern world continue to adapt, and they need places where they can learn such skills. Libraries have the opportunity to become havens of future-ready skills lessons to meet that need.

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