Area Students Battle It Out In Annual STEM Wars (Jamestown Post-Journal)

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More than 900 students flooded the JCC Physical Education Complex on Wednesday for a little bit of science –and a little bit of fun. The fifth annual STEM Wars, an educational and technology-based competition for middle and high school students that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, again had students showcasing brains over brawn. From catapults and robotic cars …


Tapping Century Old Spartan Barley [VIDEO] (Michigan State University)

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MSU’s agricultural roots are infusing Michigan’s robust beer industry with the revival of Spartan barley. The variety, boasting superior qualities and well suited to Michigan’s climate, was developed 100 years ago at MSU and made its way into fields across the country. Recently, an MSU AgBioResearch agronomist and his team revived the barley from heirloom seed and partnered with New …


Group that found VW cheating says costs of fuel efficiency have been overstated (ars technica)

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It won’t cost automakers nearly as much as they said it would to fit new cars with carbon-saving technology over the next decade, a nonprofit transportation research group says. An economic analysis performed by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found that, given recent improvements in auto technology, the EPA’s rigorous study to determine 2025 fuel efficiency standards may …


A leading astronomer says the rise of the nerds will save us from political attacks on science (Quartz)

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Seth Shostak knows there’s a current of suspicion and hostility toward science in public discourse today. As senior astronomer at the SETI Institute—the California non-profit dedicated to the search for intelligent life in the universe—he is also better acquainted than most with the depths of public ignorance about science and its aims. (Shostak gets a lot of calls and emails …


Museum of Aviation encourages STEM-related careers for students (41 NBC News)

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The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins wants to help students as young as middle school get interested in math and science careers. The shadow cast by the SR-71 Blackbird is big, but these students futures are even bigger. “It’s important to know the fundamentals of different careers fields we might go into,” said Houston County Student Cameron McFalls. “Over …


Adapted DIY robotics kit gives STEM students tools to automate biology experiments (Stanford Medicine)

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Elementary and secondary school students who later want to become scientists and engineers often get hands-on inspiration by using off-the-shelf kits to build and program robots. But so far it’s been difficult to create robotic projects to foster interest in the “wet” sciences — biology, chemistry and medicine — so called because experiments in these field often involve fluids. Now, …


Why a college degree could be one of the worst ways to find a new employee (MarketWire)

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There’s a harrowing disconnect in the hiring world: While job seekers say entry-level jobs are hard to come by, employers say entry-level candidates are hard to find. Almost half of employers (43%) said it was hard to source entry-level candidates, according to new research from The Rockefeller Foundation, a New York-based humanitarian foundation, and research firm Edelman Intelligence. Employers are …


Bayonne, McNair students headed to California after winning STEM Showcase (NJ.com)

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A sophomore at McNair Academic High School and a Bayonne High School freshman have been named the winners of this year’s Hudson County STEM Showcase. Harshal Agrawal and Arsh Banerjee will bring their winning projects to Los Angeles in May to compete in the Intel Science and Engineering Fair as Hudson County delegates. Agrawal, of McNair, has been working on his project “Harmful Algae …


Conference draws 500+ students interested in STEM careers (InsideNOVA)

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A capacity crowd of more than 500 middle-school students and parents attended STEMtastics 2017 at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College on March 11. The event, sponsored by local branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools and NOVA Systemic Solutions, focuses on encouraging …


Apple’s learn-to-code app Swift Playgrounds adds 5 more languages (TechCrunch)

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Along with the reveal of a new 9.7-inch iPad and new red iPhone, Apple also announced today that its learn-to-code app Swift Playgrounds is now available in five new languages. The additional languages include Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish. The app, which has been downloaded more than a million times, offers a combination of programming lessons, puzzles and challenges …


PISCES receives $5,000 sponsorship for summer program targeting female high schoolers (Pacific Business News)

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The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems will receive a $5,000 sponsorship from the High Technology Development Corp, the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said in a statement. The money will go to PISCES’ 2017 STARS program. STARS, which stands for STEM Aerospace Research Scholars, is a week-long summer workshop designed for female high school students …


How Trump’s Budget Cuts Will Affect STEM Education For Low- To Middle-Income Families (Fast Company)

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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget increases one of the nation’s largest expenditures, the military, while cutting funding to many smaller programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), have little impact on overall government spending. The 2016 budget for the NEA was $148 million. By comparison, the proposed budget increase (not total spending) for the military in the …


$5 million gift from Indianapolis scientist will address STEM and engineering workforce gaps – launching the R.B. Annis School of Engineering (University of Indianapolis)

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The University of Indianapolis announced today the launch of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering in the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences through a transformational, $5 million gift honoring one of Indianapolis’ most revered scientists and innovators. The gift, given in honor of the late Robert B. Annis, an inventor and scientist, will advance the University’s strategy to address …


$650K grant to help low-income EvCC students in STEM studies (Everett Herald Net)

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Everett Community College has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help low-income students study science and technology subjects. The grant, totalling just under $650,000, will be used for tuition and other support and to conduct a study on how that support helps those students succeed. For the next five years, 15 students enrolling in the college’s summer …


President Trump signs NASA advisory bill, says it’s “about jobs” (ars technica)

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Prior to Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump had made only a few passing references to space during the first two months of his administration. That changed during a signing ceremony for S.422, NASA’s first authorization act in seven years. “Today, we’re taking the initial steps toward a bold and bright new future for American spaceflight,” the president said. For all of …


Getting Girls into STEM: The Power of Blended (and All-Female) Instruction (EdSurge)

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Jackie, the team captain of St. Mary’s all-girls robotics team, knows a thing or two about breaking the mold. During a panel on the importance of STEM education for women, she explained what it’s like to be a female student competing in a male-dominated program: “Not only were we the only all-girls robotics team,” she explained of a recent competition, …


Women paleontologists are donning fake beards because of sexism (Quartz)

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As a kid, Ellen Currano loved dinosaurs. When she was six years old, she came home from school and announced to her parents that she wanted to be a paleontologist. She never wavered on that commitment, and is now a paleobotanist at the University of Wyoming. Currano has an impressive resume. After finishing up her graduate degree at Penn State, …


Gender Equality in STEM Careers A Long Way Off, Statistics Reveal (TWC News)

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Universities across the United States have developed programs to attract more women to STEM careers; however, statistics show those efforts are not translating. Wake Forest University students, faculty and administrators are working on formal research, departmental evaluations and innovative outreach to change the statistics. WFU is one of three universities part of the National Science Foundation-funded alliance. The goal of the alliance is to help historically …


Google.org grants $50 million to nonprofits striving for equal access in education (TechCrunch)

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KhAccording to a report from Google.org, the search giant’s philanthropic arm, 74 percent of students globally have little or no internet connectivity, 221 million students in schools are being taught in a language that is foreign to them and 32 million primary school-aged children can’t even reach traditional classrooms because of violent conflict and displacement. Now, Google.org is donating a $50 million block of …


Research: Let’s Move STEM Learning Earlier (T.H.E. Journal)

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According to a new research project, children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM “vocabularies” and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills. “STEM starts early: Grounding science, technology, engineering and math education in early childhood,” published by the Joan …