Samsung Names 10 Public Schools National Finalists in $2 Million* Solve for Tomorrow Contest (Samsung)

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Samsung today announced the 10 national finalists in the 7th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition that challenges students to use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to improve their local communities. Students from across the country have spent the past few months using STEAM skills to improve the environment, help individuals in need, …


Magazine launches for STEM news (UConn Daily Campus)

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Members of STEMTalk gathered Thursday night to celebrate the release of the inaugural issue of UConn’s first STEM magazine. STEMTalk is a student run magazine at UConn that aims to report current news and opinions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine to students across campus. The magazine contains articles written by student journalists about topics useful to …


Rolling science museum encourages girls to pursue STEM (KVUE)

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A science museum on wheels stopped in Round Rock for students Thursday. Three hundred students had the chance to celebrate Discover-E Day, a special campaign to encourage girls to take on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Emerson teamed up with Texas Alliance For Minorities in Engineering, bringing in the 40-foot Trailblazer trailer to Bluebonnet Elementary. Trailblazer is …


With newest degree, Babson jumps into Big Data craze (Boston Business Journal)

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Babson College will begin offering a master’s degree in business analytics in the fall, stepping into a field that has grown more prevalent across industries in recent years. The Wellesley institution joins a growing number of local business schools offering the degree, including Bentley University and Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. For the past five years, Babson had offered analytics …


Apple’s Turi acquisition funds new $1M UW professorship in AI and machine learning (GeekWire)

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A new $1 million endowed professorship, made possible by Apple’s acquisition of Seattle-based machine learning startup Turi last year, will give the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering department a chance to attract more top talent in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. The UW is announcing the new “Guestrin Endowed Professorship in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning” this morning. The …


Search for new STEM dean begins (Yale Daily News)

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The Yale College Dean’s Office is leading a search for a new assistant dean of science and QR to replace Assistant Dean Carl Hashimoto GRD ’86, who will leave his position at the end of February. Pamela Schirmeister ’80 GRD ’88, senior associate dean and dean of undergraduate education, is convening the search committee, which will consist of one science …


Bill That Guarantees Math And Science Teachers Extra Pay Moves To Senate (KUER)

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A bill that ensures math and science teachers get extra pay passed out of a State Senate Committee Wednesday Night. The idea is that math and science teachers need a little more incentive to stick around. $5,200 to be exact. The yearly bonus is meant to deter qualified teachers from leaving jobs that school districts have a hard time filling. …


Washington State Opportunity Scholarship grants CWU $2.2 million for STEM recruitment (CWU Observer)

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CWU is one of three Washington universities to receive part of a $6 million grant meant to recruit STEM teacher undergraduates. The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, chaired by Microsoft president, Brad Smith, awarded funds that will go directly towards training K-12 STEM teachers. “We all lose out when an inspired student can’t pursue a [STEM] degree,” Smith sad in a …


Concordia receives $960,000 STEM grant (Inforum)

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The National Science Foundation has awarded Concordia College a $960,000 grant through the “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)” program. Project director Mark Jensen, chair/professor of chemistry, will lead the program, which includes $576,000 for scholarships, according to a news release. The Concordia College FOCUS program (Fostering Opportunities for Community, Understanding and Success) has been created to assist …


NJ Museum Event To Teach STEM… With A Little Fun (CBS Philly)

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Kids will be having so much fun, they might never suspect they’re learning: that’s the aim of an event on Saturday at a museum in Burlington County that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. We know, mom and dad, STEM education is critical for our future — but it’s the weekend. Wait a second — are those catapults we …


Smithsonian will help preserve America’s video game history (VentureBeat)

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The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation has launched an initiative to preserve the legacy of video game pioneers. It’s another step in the recognition of video games as an art form. The Videogame Pioneers Initiative will preserve gaming history through extensive oral histories and preservation of original documents and other materials. Christopher Weaver, the chairman …


NASA’s discovery of a solar system with seven Earth-like planets will change how we hunt for alien life (Quartz)

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Discovering a planet orbiting a star other than our sun used to be a big deal. Not any more. Scientists have discovered more than 3,000 so-called “exoplanets” in the last two decades. Despite their abundance, however, a NASA announcement about exoplanets today is going to grab news headlines around the world. Scientists have found that a star called Trappist-1, only …


Even top Kentucky students falling short in college math skills (Lexington Herald-Leader)

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Even students with the best grades are falling short in reaching Kentucky college readiness standards in math, according to a Kentucky Department of Education analysis of student performance between 2012 and 2016. Students who earned an A in high school math had only a 75 percent chance of reaching the Council on Postsecondary Education’s math benchmark score of 19 on …


Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot hits Netflix on April 14 (ars technica)

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The crowdfunded 14-episode revival season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the ’90s cult favorite about making fun of bad movies with your robot pals, will officially hit Netflix on April 14. The show’s deal with Netflix was announced by series creator Joel Hodgson last summer, and Hodgson revealed the launch date to the project’s Kickstarter backers early this morning. Production wrapped on …


STEM U Teams Up With The V(i)llage to Encourage Black Students to Enter STEM Fields (The Daily Utah Chronicle)

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The V(i)llage and the University of Utah’s STEM outreach program are working together to inspire African American students to pursue a future career in the fields of science and technology. Students from surrounding high schools and participants in the V(i)llage visited campus on the Feb. 8 to learn about unique programs that the U offers in science, medicine and engineering. …


Bill to weaken science education fails in SD Legislature (AP)

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South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have allowed science teachers to discuss strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary and climate change theories. The House Education Committee Wednesday defeated a do pass vote and approved sending the bill to the 41st day, effectively killing the proposal. The hearing lasted for over an hour as people against the bill testified …


San Diego Science Festival and Expo (ABC 10 News)

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The eighth annual Science & Engineering Festival and Expo is back at Petco Park in San Diego. Be sure to stop by the 10News Booth to see what it’s like to be on TV! Powered by BioCom, this event is FREE for the entire family. There are over 100 hands-on exhibits and experiments for kids of all ages. Come spend …


Incubating innovation (TechCrunch)

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City officials worldwide are bursting blood vessels trying to figure out how to create their own version of Silicon Valley. From the Silicon Hills in Austin, Texas to Silicon Alley in NYC, the Silicon Docks in Ireland’s capital city to Silicon “Wadi” in Israel, potential new global tech hubs are popping up everywhere. Having the right ingredients for innovation to …


Is the College Board’s Newest AP Computer Science Course Closing the Gap? (EdSurge)

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Last year, the College Board piloted a new Advanced Placement course in computer science: AP Computer Science Principles, a program that the organization hoped would engage more females and students of color in computer science. Today, the nonprofit is releasing data from the pilot, in addition to other results from a slew of other AP courses that more than 2.6 …