Tesla launches a new education program to train a new generation of electric car technicians

April 02, 2018

Tesla has launched a new automotive training program with colleges called ‘Tesla START’ to train a new generation of electric car technicians to work on their vehicles. Until now, Tesla has mainly been recruiting technicians who have been working for other automakers or coming out of training programs where they mainly worked on internal combustion engines.

To Motivate STEM Students, Ask Them Better Questions

April 01, 2018

A recent research summary report from Toronto summarizes well the arguments in favor of phenomenon-based learning. According to the report, “a large majority of students find mathematics ‘boring, mostly irrelevant and unrewarding.’'” Phenomenon-motivated problems engage students more directly, offering relevance, opportunity for critical and careful thinking, and even joy.

Peanut Butter Meets Chocolate: The Future of STEM Education

April 01, 2018

For years, the strategy for teaching and promoting STEM was conducted in silos, where K-12, college and university education and professional career development each focused on its own community without looking at transitions, bridging the gaps or passing the “STEM baton” from one life stage to another. Tremendous strides have been made in each focus area, yet it is still a relatively new concept to combine great accomplishments to create a cohesive life-learning recipe.

Government Has No Idea Whether The Billions It Spends On STEM Education Is Working

April 01, 2018

Between 2011 and 2016, the government spent roughly $3 billion annually on STEM education, but the total number of federal programs fell from 209 to 163. The committee attributed the changes to agencies launching, discontinuing and consolidating programs, but GAO found only 49 of the 109 programs that remained active between 2011 and 2016 were ever evaluated.

Why Apple struggles to get more iPads in schools

March 30, 2018

It's going to take more than saving frogs from a grisly death for Apple to take over schools. The company announced its latest iPad update at an education themed press event on Tuesday inside a Chicago public school. The flashiest news was that the $326 iPad now works with the $99 Apple Pencil stylus. Apple wants schools to buy these products at a slightly discounted rate so students can create art, immerse themselves in history and, yes, dissect virtual frogs.

Apple's New Approach To Education Is Humbler, But Stronger

March 30, 2018

Apple’s new stance seems to be that kids can interact with iPads in ways that are unique. iPads have a point of view on education. And while not every school–or even most of them–can choose the iPad as its classroom computer, Apple is motivated to remove every obstacle that it can, making the experience as valuable as possible for the kids who use them and the educators who help the kids.

Why Some Schools Pay More Than Others When Buying From Apple

March 29, 2018

When administrators in Ohio’s Mentor Public Schools were buying MacBooks during the 2015-16 school year, the local Best Buy was offering a lower price than Apple, even after the company’s standard discount for school districts. Superintendent Matt Miller pushed for a better deal, but Apple said it would not budge from its price list. The company prohibits most third parties from selling new devices to school districts, so Miller couldn’t place a bulk order with Best Buy as a district official.

What's Missing from STEM

March 29, 2018

The old rock song goes “don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology.” Unfortunately, that is also a good description of most high school curricula. With science and technology playing an ever larger role in our everyday lives to say nothing of our careers, a large percentage of teachers say they are not teaching Agri-Science. A recent survey sponsored by Bayer and the National 4-H Council revealed that 80% of high school science teachers believe agri-science is important, but only 22% teach it.

More women than men in life sciences but less in STEM

March 29, 2018

Schappach and Zapata-Ramirez are two of 120 women enrolled in WCSU’s biology program, where female students account for about 58 percent of the total. But while women represent the majority of students in life sciences, they are still underrepresented in most of the other STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year at WCSU, women account for just 36.5 percent of those enrolled in STEM programs.

Utilizing career and technical education to bridge the skills gap

March 29, 2018

According to a study done by the Department of Education in 2013, only 6 percent of high school students in the U.S. were enrolled in courses related to a trade or career--compared to 42 percent in the United Kingdom, 59 percent in Germany and 67 percent in the Netherlands. This is unacceptable.


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