Education

'Do Not Underestimate' the Power of High-Quality STEM Teachers, Bill Clinton Says

April 27, 2017

The national nonprofit to recruit, prepare, and support 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021 is a "stunning success story," Clinton said on Tuesday. The group, which has a network of nearly 300 public and private organizations that have collectively pledged more than $90 million, is on track to reach its goal, with more than 40,000 new STEM teachers already trained at the halfway point.

VEX Robotics World Championship Crowns 2017 Winners

April 27, 2017

"The VEX Robotics World Championship is an exciting ride from start to finish. It's truly inspiring to witness the hard work and dedication of these teams, who competed all year to get an invitation to Louisville," said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics. "We're thrilled to see students from Canada, China, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States excelling in STEM as they proudly take home World Champion titles for their outstanding performance, teamwork and sportsmanship."

One possible solution for the future of career and technical education

April 26, 2017

Sometimes, students need a little nudge - and some freedom - to finally understand how to succeed in school. That was the case for one teenager in Hamilton County, Tennessee. She was encouraged to enroll in a program that allowed her to take classes at her own pace. She had a 1.6 GPA when she entered the program last fall, in her junior year of high school.

Google Pledges $50 Million to Close Education Gaps Worldwide

April 26, 2017

About 4.3 billion people in the world don’t have regular access to the internet, the World Economic Forum reports. Though strides have been made to boost access in the U.S., the Commerce Department reports that a disparity still exists between urban and rural areas. Late last month, Google announced plans to change that by pledging $50 million over the next two years to support nonprofits working to bring tech tools to students of all backgrounds and access levels.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson says students in STEM are the key to Missions to Mars

April 25, 2017

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson’s accomplishments are out of this world -- she just broke the record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut. Now, she wants to encourage the next generation of space explorers.

3 Basic Digital Citizenship Standards All Educators Should Know and Teach

April 25, 2017

“Teachers have long understood the importance of instilling good citizenship in their students, focusing on social etiquette and how to treat people with respect in the course of their daily lives,” reads an article on Edudemic. “Today, though, it’s just as important that students understand what kinds of behaviors are acceptable online.”

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Talks STEM Education with President Trump

April 24, 2017

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, broke the record Monday for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut - an occasion that was celebrated with a phone call from President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins.

Statistic Lessons Get New Look in Early Grades

April 24, 2017

Statistics lessons aren't just for math class anymore, and early-education experts are finding new reasons and ways to incorporate these topics in the early grades.

NSF seeds edtech startup Couragion to boost STEM career education

April 24, 2017

The National Science Foundation is seeking to increase the pipeline of science, technology and engineering and math talent with investments in edtech startups that make such careers accessible - and cool - to underserved kids.

Can Grade-Skipping Close the STEM Gender Gap?

April 24, 2017

Creating more opportunities for super-bright girls to skip grades might be one of the most viable ways to open cracks in the glass ceiling that has plagued STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for decades. But these days, young children are far more likely to be “redshirted” -- held back from school to allow extra time for physical, socioemotional, or intellectual growth -- than they are to charge ahead of their same-age peers.

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