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Closing the Gender Gap in Virtual Reality

November 06, 2016

It's a problem the industry didn't quite expect: A growing body of research indicates that men and women experience virtual reality quite differently. This isn't about the recent and horrible stories of sexual harassment in VR. It's a more fundamental conundrum: It seems that women process the sensory immersion of VR in different ways than men -- on a biological level.

Are U.S. schools teaching hands-off science?

November 06, 2016

U.S. high school students who regularly handle rocks or minerals in science class did much worse on a recent national science test than those who never engage in such hands-on activities. Students who never mixed chemicals or peered through microscopes in their classrooms did just as well on the test as those who often participated in those activities.

Federal Agencies Release Brief on Tech Use for Early Learners

November 06, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS) released their first joint policy brief on children using educational technology. The brief serves as a call to action to researchers, developers, and administrators to address important research questions and develop products that ensure the best uses of technology in early learning.

Columbia man's vision helps unify Maryland's STEM community

November 04, 2016

Before Phil Rogofsky had an epiphany a couple years ago, festivals promoting science, technology, engineering and math for Maryland students were unaligned events taking place here and there across the state. Now, thanks to the Columbia resident's work, 480 events across the state are being unified this year under the umbrella of the Maryland STEM Festival.

Top 10 Education Technologies that Will Be Dead and Gone in the Next Decade

November 03, 2016

The technologies that exist in classrooms today won't necessarily be the same ones that are around in 10 years. In particular, the days of desktop computers and laptops are numbered, according to educators in Campus Technology's 2016 Teaching with Technology survey. The survey polled faculty members across the country about their use of technology for teaching and learning, their wish lists and gripes, their view of what the future holds and more.

How Three Colleges Work to Close the STEM Gender Gap

November 03, 2016

While it’s not realistic to make all students take computer science, Brodley says the goal is to make it attractive and present it through a variety of options, such as combined majors, “meaningful minors,” and “paired courses.” She explains further: “At the undergraduate level, we’ve developed 26 combined majors with social sciences and humanities, arts, media, and design, in addition to combined majors with science and engineering.”

New study challenges consensus that math abilities are innate

November 02, 2016

A new theory on how the brain first learns basic math could alter approaches to identifying and teaching students with math-learning disabilities, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers. The widely accepted “sense of numbers” theory suggests people are born with a “sense of numbers,” an innate ability to recognize different quantities, and that this ability improves with age.

Taking Undergraduate Computer Science Online

November 02, 2016

Georgia Tech and McGraw-Hill Education are teaming up on an innovative approach to make elite education more broadly accessible. They’re launching an online, undergraduate course in computer science that will debut this spring for current Tech students and be made available in MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format to help future Georgia Tech applicants earn college credit before they ever set foot on campus.

STEM Programs That Will Attract Kids to Science and Engineering Careers

November 02, 2016

Genetic engineering has become a core of the society affecting billions of people every day. However, students get exposed to it in a university or in advanced projects which show that even before they get into it, they already made a choice. On the other hand, if kids are exposed to it early on, their interest in engineering and science will expand more.

Computer Science/STEM Leaders Explain How to Spark and Nurture STEM Interest in Youth

November 02, 2016

The future demands a large, diverse pool of innovative scientists, engineers and mathematicians who can work together to solve big problems. The working scientists who lead SC16, the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing coming up this November, envision and advocate for a future talent pool that looks far larger and more diverse.

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