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The Complex Data on Girls in STEM

May 23, 2016

In an effort to measure students’ understanding of basic engineering and technology principles, a new national assessment aims to move beyond multiple-choice questions and instead focus on troubleshooting in real-world scenarios. For example, students are tasked with designing a healthier habitat for a pet iguana, or building safer bike lanes in a city.

America Still Falls Short On Its STEM Workforce

May 23, 2016

According to this year's U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, the U.S. is seeing more college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. But this is downplayed by the fact that those STEM degree holders are international students with temporary visas who can go back to their home countries anytime they want. There were 30,835 additional U.S.

How the Air Force's 'space fence' will keep American satellites safe

May 23, 2016

Good fences make good neighbors, which is why the United States is building a space fence. But the first thing to understand about the space fence is that it’s not actually a fence -- it's radar. And when it's operational, pulsing up from an atoll in the Pacific, it will be able to track objects in space that are softball-sized, the Air Force says.

Getting More Girls in the Game

May 23, 2016

Repeated evidence has shown girls can excel and enjoy work in science, technology, engineering and math, but they still are receiving negative messages from society about their participation in these fields, so they often don't pursue them. According to Girls Inc., a group that gets girls involved in STEM activities, only 1 in 10 women of color are engineers.

Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US

May 23, 2016

Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge. "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."

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