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Kids need computer science

April 25, 2016

When I was a child, my father bought me a Tandy computer with a book about BASIC, and I taught myself programming. That skill lifted me out of poverty and put me on the path toward launching my own IT consulting business. I was lucky. Unfortunately, that life-changing opportunity is not available to most kids growing up in this country.

A battery you never have to replace

April 25, 2016

University of California, Irvine researchers have invented a new nanowire-based battery material that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. It could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans for computers, smartphones, appliances, cars, and spacecraft.

Hands On with STEM

April 24, 2016

When the students walk into one of the seven courses that Livesay oversees as a STEM teacher, they quickly learn one thing: What they do will be hands-on. And that makes the difference between a STEM lesson plan and a traditional lesson plan: the real-life component.