Education

How AI can improve the science of learning

July 27, 2017

We already know that computers have “reshaped” almost every aspect of life. And since education is commonly acknowledged as the groundwork of a civilized and advanced society, the fast-rising AI-driven EdTech programs could offer students better quality education by increasing access to educational resources.

White House looks to Apple's Cook, other tech CEOs to shape STEM education policy

July 27, 2017

Officials in President Donald Trump's office, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, have initiated a campaign to query the country's best and brightest minds about potential STEM education solutions, Bloomberg reports. Specific details are at this point unknown, but the White House group is looking to technology, business and education sector leaders for input on how best to fund STEM programs, the report said.

Trump donates portion of salary to Department of Education

July 27, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders handed what she said was a $100,000 check to DeVos at the White House press briefing. The donation will fund a camp to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, DeVos said.

Dems introduce cyber workforce bill

July 26, 2017

Three House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a multi-layered bill aimed at boosting the cybersecurity workforce. The "New Collar Jobs Act," released by Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Matt Cartwright (Pa.) and Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.), would establish incentivized tax breaks for employers offering cybersecurity training, increase funding for a cyber scholarship program and establish a student debt relief program for cybersecurity job takers.

Kids Can Prep for Total Solar Eclipse with 'Space Racers' Website

July 25, 2017

The coast-to-coast total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will be memorable for children and adults alike. So the preschool show "Space Racers" launched a new website called AugustEclipse.com to get kids interested in the big event.

These STEM coding toys will entertain your kids while teaching them about programming and robotics

July 25, 2017

Amazon recently experimented with a program that delivers STEM toys to subscribers’ homes, and analysts at NPD estimate sales hit $26 billion last year. But not all STEM toys are created equal. As with any burgeoning category, companies of all shapes, sizes, and pedigrees are trying their darnedest to strike STEM toy gold — with varying degrees of success. Here’s a list of the best STEM toys on the market, and where to buy them.

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers

July 24, 2017

Do girls avoid STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields because of ongoing, widespread discrimination? Or do girls with the skill sets that would give them entrance to STEM fields prefer fields that involve working with people over fields that involve working with things?

State Giving Some College Students a Free Ride if They're Willing to Become STEM Teachers

July 24, 2017

Lawmakers in North Carolina have allocated funding towards scholarships for up to 160 college students who commit to teaching a STEM subject or special education within the state.

Pilot program will introduce spatial learning - a factor in STEM success - into third-grade curriculum

July 24, 2017

Though scientists know children with strong spatial thinking skills have an edge in science, technology, engineering, and math, and that those skills are teachable, no one has formally infused them into a working elementary curriculum. With a $1.4 million federal grant, Johns Hopkins University researchers will co-develop and test such a program for third-grade science classes.

Number of Girls Taking AP Computer-Science Exam More Than Doubles

July 24, 2017

More girls than ever took an AP computer-science exam this year, Seattle nonprofit Code.org announced Tuesday, calling the results “incredible.” Code.org crunched the numbers from the AP College Board, which shows that 29,708 girls in the U.S. took an Advanced Placement computer science exam this year, more than double the number from 2016.

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