Sony's STEM-focused coding toy is ready for classrooms

February 21, 2018

The first product from Sony's Global Education division, a candy-colored robot-building toy called Koov, is now ready for all of us to order. The toy, which is Sony's attempt to topple Lego Mindstorms' dominance in the STEM toy market, comprises of blocks that you can put together with motors and sensors.

Pearson and Hands-On Science Producer LittleBits Pair Up on New Curriculum

February 21, 2018

The new partnership will integrate littleBits within a science curriculum offered by Pearson, called Elevate Science, to create a new product, Elevate Science + the Pearson littleBits STEM Invention Toolbox, the two companies said. To date, many schools use littleBits’ kits in supplemental ways, as special stand-alone lessons or projects focused on STEM or engineering...

How do we get black students in the picture and in computer majors?

February 20, 2018

Kamau Bobb is senior director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. In this column, Bobb cites the lack of students of color in STEM majors, a failure that he believes ought to be on everyone’s mind as Atlanta pursues Amazon’s second headquarters. He contends the plan to lure Amazon here must consider how Georgia can democratize computing so STEM opportunities are open to all students.

MakerBot: The catalyst for super-innovation in education

February 20, 2018

MakerBot is an integrated educational process. It offers fabulous chances for students to really learn all the fundamentals of STEM. STEM means Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with which the world of the future will be in symbiosis with technologies.

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

February 19, 2018

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system. Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the committee would consider reinstating the federal financial aid grants in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act currently underway.

4 robots that aim to teach your kids to code

February 19, 2018

You've seen apps and toys that promise to teach your child to code. Now enter the robots. At the CES electronics show in January, coding robots came out in force. One convention hall area was packed with everything from chip-embedded, alphabet-like coding blocks to turtle-like tanks that draw on command.

Virtual-Reality Field Trips Give Students Advanced Adventure

February 19, 2018

On any given day, students nationwide are deep-sea diving, observing medical operations, even swimming through the human circulatory system using gadgets that are becoming increasingly accessible in both cost and content. At the least, teachers say, it's another way to engage the iPhone generation of students. At best, it can enhance their understanding and improve their grades.

Boy Scouts Launches National Pilot of After-School STEM Program

February 18, 2018

Boy Scouts of America is partnering with schools in more than two-dozen cities and 23 states to pilot anew after-school education initiative, STEM Scouts.

Alabama school district first ever to have all schools STEM-certified

February 16, 2018

It isn't often that Alabama's public schools can say they were the first in the world to achieve something spectacular. But one district, Winfield City Schools, can claim that honor, as they are the first school district in the world--yes, the world---to have every school attain STEM certification through the worldwide AdvancEd accreditation agency.

Asia Pacific - Women less likely to pursue STEM careers, study finds

February 16, 2018

The research found that 45% of women working in STEM jobs were dissatisfied with their current career choice. They also don't expect to continue in STEM jobs for their entire career. As for the factors that discourage them to continue in the job, 46% cited the need to upskill constantly. As much as 39% of respondents were daunted by the long hours, while 36% pointed to the male-dominated office environment.


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