Betters gives $100K to CCBC training program (Pittsburgh Business Times)

by Tommy Cornelis


The Community College of Beaver County has received a $100,000 donation from Beaver County developer Chuck Betters to buy equipment that will be used to train would-be workers for the ethane cracker plant planned by Shell Chemicals. CCBC said the donation by Betters, CEO of CJ Betters Enterprises Inc., will help the Process Technology program. The college said simulation software, ...

Augmented reality advances the learning especially in informal science education context (PHYS.org)

by Tommy Cornelis


The aim of this research project was to analyse learning using Augmented Reality (AR) technology and the motivational and cognitive aspects related to it in an informal learning context. The 146 participants were 12-year old Finnish pupils visiting a science centre exhibition. The results showed that AR-technology experience was beneficial especially for the pupils, who otherwise belong to the lowest ...

Magee students get a closer, portable view of science (Corpus Christi Caller Times)

by Tommy Cornelis


Once students began opting to trade in precious recess time for more time in the classroom, Teri Gonzalez knew the school's investment had paid off. "If it helps them to begin nurturing that love for science, I'm willing to allow them more time to learn," the fifth-grade teacher at Magee Elementary School said. The investment comes in the form of ...

Christina Wallace: The Limit Does Not Exist: Meet An Educator Transforming STEM To STEAM (Forbes)

by Tommy Cornelis


Episode 21 of The Limit Does Not Exist may just be my favorite one yet: Cate Scott Campbell and I sit down with my my high school physics teacher, Taoufik Nadji, and get him to spill all of his secrets from teaching math and science at Interlochen Arts Academy. It’s a boarding school for pre-professional musicians, actors, writers, visual artists, ...

How to recruit, hire and retain female engineers (TechCrunch)

by Tommy Cornelis


Leaders at tech startups are alarmed by the absence of women from mission-critical roles — software engineering, especially — at their own companies. Their boards are saying, “We gave you the money to grow, grow, grow, but you’re not. You don’t have the engineers to get it done.” The board can’t miss that you only seem able to hire men. ...


Queens College to receive $1M grant for STEM program (Queens Times Ledger)

by Tommy Cornelis


U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced that Queens College would be receiving a nearly $1 million federal grant for its STEM program, an initiative to improve and expand the college’s capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students. The funds are meant to help more Hispanic students graduate with majors in STEM. According to the program Hispanic students are currently ...

5 Women in STEM Fields Discuss Gender Stereotypes (Teen Vogue)

by Tommy Cornelis


..women only account for 24% of STEM workers in the United States. Which is why L’Oréal created its For Women in Science program: As they note on their website, “The world needs science, and science needs women.” Every year, the For Women in Science fellowship awards five postdoctoral female scientists grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in STEM fields ...

Scientists May Have Found A Way To Increase Crop Yield By A Bonkers 20% (Modern Farmer)

by Tommy Cornelis


For years, a select group of scientists have been convinced that photosynthesis—the life-essential process by which plants convert carbon dioxide and sunlight to carbohydrates—is secretly an inefficient process, at least for farming purposes. Photosynthesis has evolved to help plants survive and reproduce, which is related to but not quite the same thing as producing food for humans. For our purposes, ...

Future Jobs for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture and the Environment (University of Arkansas)

by Tommy Cornelis


U.S. college graduates will find many professional employment opportunities in the next five years, if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Between 2015 and 2020, there are expected to be 57,900 average annual job openings for graduates with bachelor’s ...


Education Doctoral Students Pilot STEM Project for Elementary and Middle School Students (Caldwell University)

by Tommy Cornelis


Doctoral education students Marisa Castronova and Jessica Shackil have received a $10,000 Frederick J. Hipp grant from the New Jersey Education Association for a project they created to engage elementary and middle school students in [STEM]. Castronova teaches seventh-grade life science at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, New Jersey, and Shackil teaches fourth grade at Intervale Elementary School ...

Vocational students build tiny houses for WV flood survivors (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

by Tommy Cornelis


Students from 12 vocational schools across the state are building tiny houses to meet the needs of some of the survivors of the June 23 flood. Students are designing and building the houses, which will be presented to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin next month. “This is a phenomenal learning experience for our students in West Virginia, but the bigger learning ...

10 gizmos and gifts to encourage kids to learn to code (TechCrunch)

by Tommy Cornelis


Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Think you’ve got a budding coder in your house? The learn-to-code space has no shortage of ideas to inspire young minds and help them get to grips with programming logic. We’ve rounded ...

Scientists hope Trump won’t decrease the flow of federal research dollars (Boston Globe)

by Tommy Cornelis


Massachusetts is a powerhouse of life sciences research, bolstered by billions of dollars in federal money. But the state’s big biomedical research institutions, the engines of its thriving life sciences sector, could face an era of uncertainty around the future of federal research funding. The state depends on grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, which support ...

Tania Lombrozo (Philosophy Professor, UC-Berkeley): What Does A Trump Presidency Mean For Climate-Change Education? (NPR)

by Tommy Cornelis


On Nov. 8, the World Meteorological Organization published a press release summarizing the findings from a report on global climate from 2011-2015. The report identified the last five years as the hottest on record, with 2015 marking the first year with global temperatures more than 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era. Arctic sea ice declined, sea levels rose and ...

CNM kicks off new program to build supply of workers in high-demand field (Albuquerque Business First)

by Tommy Cornelis


The state's largest college has kicked off an IT apprenticeship program. On Friday, several Albuquerque companies visited Central New Mexico Community College to sign an agreement to participate in the newly established New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program. CNM was one of 46 organizations nationwide to receive a grant from the Department of Labor’s $175 million American Apprenticeship Grants Initiative. ...

Brock LaMeres named director of MSU’s new Montana Engineering Education Research Center (Montana State)

by Tommy Cornelis


Montana State University associate professor Brock LaMeres has been named director of MSU’s new Montana Engineering Education Research Center, or MEERC, which was launched in September following approval from the Montana Board of Regents. The center’s purpose is to facilitate interdisciplinary research to address the big challenges facing engineering education today, including improving educational efficiency, broadening participation and increasing student ...

Jennifer C. Danek (Senior Director, Urban Universities for HEALTH) & Marc Nivet (Former Chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges): Building a Diverse STEM Workforce (Inside Higher Ed)

by Tommy Cornelis


...Colleges and universities still have plenty of work to do to encourage students to pursue high-needs fields, like STEM and the biomedical sciences, where diversity is urgently needed. In addition, universities continue to struggle with faculty diversity, which studies have shown is important not just for excellence in teaching and research but also for the overall campus climate. All the ...

Former Honeywell Defense & Space Chief Carey Smith Joins Parsons as Federal Unit Head (GovConWire)

by Tommy Cornelis


Carey Smith, former president of Honeywell‘s (NYSE: HON) defense and space business, has joined Parsons Corp. as president of the Pasadena, Calif.-based engineering and infrastructure services contractor’s U.S. federal business unit. Parsons said Tuesday Tom Roell will return to his full-time post as vice chairman and chief risk adviser after three months as interim federal leader upon the departure of ...