District sees massive STEM gains with VR (eSchool News)

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The students at Franklin Square Union Free School District in Nassau County, New York, had already studied the layers of the earth. They’d seen a video, discussed the concept, and even taken apart a physical class model. But when they worked with a virtual earth in zSpace, you could hear the “wows” and “whoahs” all over the classroom. They lifted …


Local STEM nonprofit gets an academic boost, hoping to inspire more student’s STEM interests (News4Jax)

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Renaissance Jax is helping lead the way in inspiring more Northeast Florida students to explore the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and now its impact will be felt even further with Jacksonville University as its Official Education Partner. According to the Renaissance Jax website, they aim to aid local children in their discovery of Science, Technology, Engineering, and …


SpaceX recovers Dragon capsule loaded with science and research from the ISS (TechCrunch)

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The final stage of SpaceX’s CRS-10 resupply mission for the International Space Station wrapped up Sunday, with recovery of the Dragon capsule it launched on February 19. The capsule was carrying 4,500 pounds of supplies and scientific experiment equipment when it made its way to the ISS, which was transferred over by ISS astronauts over the course of the past few weeks. …


Quincy schools to receive STEM grants (The Patriot Ledger)

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The city’s middle schools are set to receive $121,890 in grant money from the state to purchase new equipment that promotes science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. The funds are part of a statewide grant round that is delivering a total of $39 million in capital grants to 63 schools and research institutions. On Monday, local lawmakers gathered at Bristol …


Novelis, United Way grant supports STEM initiatives in Madison Co. (WTVQ)

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The future of science and technology education in Madison County Public Schools got a little brighter on Monday, thanks to a generous grant from the United Way of the Bluegrass, and aluminum recycling company Novelis. The $35,000 dollar grant is part of a five year plan to encourage STEM programs in public schools.  STEM programs are focused on science, technology, …


Governor Introduces Program to Prepare Students in STEM Fields (WHO-TV)

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The state is trying to strengthen its workforce from the bottom up. On Monday morning, the governor introduced a program to better prepare students for STEM-related apprenticeships, meaning positions in science, technology, engineering, or math. Boone High School is one of several schools set to test the program. Students there will gain hands-on experience in the plumbing and electrical fields. “Doing this class …


Bill to give GPA boost to STEM students (The Red & Black)

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STEM students may be less stressed over maintaining their scholarships beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. House Bill 801, also known as the ‘Rambling Wrecktification’ Bill, will add 0.5 points to the average HOPE GPA per each rigorous math, science, technology or engineering courses Georgia college students decide to take, if the student initially earns either a B, C or …


What does the president’s “skinny budget” mean for afterschool and summer learning? (Afterschool Alliance)

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Last week, President Trump and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney released the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint. This “skinny budget” outlines the president’s vision for how Congress should spend federal discretionary funds for the upcoming fiscal year that begins October 1, 2017 (FY18). The budget proposal seeks to eliminate 19 agencies and 60 programs, including …


Data Analytics, Blended Learning Methods Make Sure Students Are College Ready (EdTech Magazine)

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In a report meant to explain why so many Tennessee high school graduates were struggling in college, it was revealed that a third of 2015 Tennessee students graduated without earning the necessary credits. The students had earned the correct number of credits, they just weren’t the right credits — namely those from foreign language or social studies courses — NPR …


Kids on winning robotics team told, ‘Go back to Mexico’ (USA Today)

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The day should have been one of glory and celebration for five fourth-graders. The Pleasant Run Elementary students had just won a robotics challenge at Plainfield High School, and the students — new to bot competition this year — were one step closer to the Vex IQ State Championship. The team is made up of 9- and 10-year-olds. Two are African …


Trump Seeks Deep Cuts in Education and Science (Inside Higher Ed)

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The Trump administration today unveiled its “America First” budget — a plan that would make deep cuts to some student aid programs and science agencies on which colleges, their students and their researchers depend. In the U.S. Department of Education, the budget pledges level funding for Pell Grants, the primary federal program to support low-income students. Funding for historically black …


Trump wants to kill NASA office popular with Congress, astronauts and kids (Washington Post)

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Leland Melvin was, in his own words, “a skinny kid from public schools in Lynchburg, Va., who never in my wildest dreams thought of being an astronaut.” Boys like him aimed to become athletes, and that’s where Melvin seemed headed: He went to college on a football scholarship and got drafted by the Detroit Lions after graduation. But then Melvin …


Trump’s budget calls for seismic disruption in medical and science research (Washington Post)

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President Trump’s budget calls for a seismic disruption in government-funded medical and scientific research. The cuts are deep and broad. They also go beyond what many political observers expected. Trump had made clear that he would target the Environmental Protection Agency, but the budget blueprint calls for a startling downsizing of agencies that historically have received steady bipartisan support. The …


Headlines that say H-1B visas drive down US tech wages don’t tell the full story (Quartz)

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It’s a tough time for foreign workers aiming to live in the US. With the raging rhetoric about immigrants stealing American jobs, the current political climate is ripe for a clampdown on the coveted H-1B visa. The Donald Trump administration has already stalled premium processing for this visa, which allows holders to work in the US for up to six …


National Science Foundation grant provides 3-D printers for classrooms (Augusta Free Press)

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On Feb. 20, the last of a group of 56 in-service and pre-service teachers received a 3-D printer as part of a three-year, $449,421 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers grant. The grant was headed by associate professors Christopher Williams, of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, and Brenda Brand, of science education in the College of Liberal …


Successful Online Education in K–12 Requires Accountability (EdTech Magazine)

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Online education has long been a staple of colleges and universities to expand access to education. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is hoping to unlock this potential for K–12 schools in the state. Earlier this year, McAuliffe proposed a bill that, if approved, would require that schools offer the option of a full-time online education for students, Education Week reports. The …



PennEast awards $130K in STEM education grants (The Intelligencer)

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Fourteen schools, nonprofits and other organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey will receive a combined $130,000 in grants from the PennEast Pipeline Co., according to a release issued by the company Wednesday. Titled the “Powering STEM” program, the grants aim to “advance the study of [STEM] in their local communities and within the footprint,” of the proposed pipeline, the release …


Chesapeake exposition builds better minds, one Lego at a time (The Virginian-Pilot)

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Children have played with Lego bricks for more than 80 years, but there are no signs it’s losing its popularity. Two teams from St. Matthew’s School in Virginia Beach recently took part in a Lego exposition in Chesapeake. The children, all ages 8 and 9, presented the results of their research and innovation from a project that began last September …


Martinez Vetoes Bill Allowing Computer Science Courses to Count Toward High School Graduation (KRWG)

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Today, the Governor vetoed Senate Bill 134 that allowed computer science courses to fulfill science requirements for high school graduation in New Mexico. SB 134, sponsored by Representative Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) and Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), would have given students the opportunity to learn new and practical skills while earning credits to graduate. It passed both the House and Senate with …