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Manufacturer says STEM skills critical for S.C.

November 28, 2017

One of the selling points for Boeing to come to South Carolina in 2009 was a strong technical school system, according to Tommy Preston, director of national strategy and engagement and government operations for Boeing S.C. He said that same technical school system will continue to support Boeing, as well as other advanced manufacturing in the state.

What K-12 science classes can learn from afterschool STEM programs

November 26, 2017

To spark students’ interest in science and technology, some school districts have turned to afterschool programs focused on STEM. Now, some suggest the success of these programs could be instructive when making changes to in-school STEM programs.

Space Camp, like Scouting, delivers hands-on STEM experiences to young people

November 26, 2017

Hands-on STEM experiences are what Space Camp is all about. Like Scouting, the program puts young people in an environment where all five senses are engaged and learning comes naturally. A Boy Scout troop or Venturing crew acquires leadership skills in the context of a fun weekend campout. Similarly, a Space Camp team gains STEM skills and inspiration outside of the classroom.

Researchers Look to Pre-K Demographics to Support Tech Trends

November 21, 2017

EdSurge reports that ed tech researchers from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic organization founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, are particularly interested in collecting data on diverse groups of preschoolers to determine what ed tech companies should focus on in the future.

Are colleges preparing students for the automated future of work?

November 21, 2017

President Trump’s rhetoric about the decline of the working class blames trade, immigration and the outsourcing of American jobs overseas for the decline of the U.S. manufacturing sector. But the bigger culprit is rarely acknowledged by politicians or the media: automation. Nearly 9 in 10 jobs that have disappeared since 2000 were lost to automation, according to a study by Ball State University.

LittleBits CEO on Making STEM Fun, Inspiring Young Makers

November 21, 2017

The Force is strong with LittleBits, and the educational toy startup aims to reach a whole new fanbase with its latest product--a Star Wars droid invention kit. The product's appeal was on full display Wednesday when Bay Area students oohed and aahed at the custom R2-D2 droids made with these kits during a special event at Disney's San Francisco LucasFilm offices. The invention kit isn't simply a toy; it's a collection of modular electronics designed to inspire children to learn science, technology and design.

AI Boosts Personalized Learning in Higher Education

November 20, 2017

Personalized learning, which tailors educational content to the unique needs of individual students, has become a huge component of K–12 education. A growing number of college educators are embracing the trend, taking advantage of data analytics and artificial intelligence to deliver just-right, just-in-time learning to their students.

Toys teach code - STEM education necessary for the next generation

November 20, 2017

In the time of engineering games and toys for children, everyone from Kibo, Jewelbots, and even Fisher Price are getting into the action. So which toys are best to introduce your kids to the big world of programming?

Pros and Cons of VR, AR as Teaching Tools

November 19, 2017

VR and AR seem to exemplify this shiny, new technology-driven world we’re living in. If it can be used to expand pedagogical efficacy in schools, why not give a headset to every student? Of course, we must first consider the total impact of such a widespread application. So, what are the true pros and cons of VR and AR as teaching tools?

Neal Dunn's Bill to Get More Veterans Into STEM Fields Headed to House Floor

November 19, 2017

Last week, Dunn unveiled the “Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act” which would make the National Science Foundation (NSF) “develop a veterans outreach plan and publish data on veterans’ participation in its annual ‘Indicators’ report.” Dunn’s legislation also reforms several NSF scholarship and grants to help more veterans.

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