During the State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama said America should be “offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.” The president has likely heard what many manufacturing companies say: We need students prepared with the certifications and skills to be productive upon graduation.
In honor of Engineers’ Week (Feb. 22–26), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will celebrate by launching a series of activities and online campaigns promoting African Americans in engineering. “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a generation of black engineers,” says NSBE’s national chair, Neville Green.
The reason why many novice teachers are reluctant to use technology (and the reason why I think these webinars are so popular) is that it is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the options available. I “test drive” each of the featured apps so that teachers can make a determination about whether or not to download and try them.
When I arrived at the University of San Diego in the fall of 1999, I was one of eight girls assigned to a suite for science majors. By the end of the year, only two of us were still majoring in science. It wasn’t for lack of studying. Every one of us passed our exams. We all were top students. What we lacked was the support and confidence necessary to pursue a science degree.
Following the theory that humans, and our ability to function, are a product of millions of years of evolution, it’s going to be pretty hard to replicate the nuanced movement of any human body part.
Scientists can now propel small particles at speeds nearing the speed of light, but doing the same with larger objects is another story altogether.
Sarah Eddy, now a research analyst in the College of Natural Sciences, spent three years investigating the role gender played in students’ perception of each other in their biology classes at the University of Washington with Daniel Grunspan, an anthropology doctoral candidate at UW. The data from the study demonstrates an implicit bias against women in science.
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., announced Feb. 22 that Arushi Shah was the 17th Congressional District winner of the Congressional App Challenge. Shah, of Cupertino, Calif., attends Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. The Indian American student was named the winner for her app, “DreamBuckt.”
But more recently, pundits have been opining that the low completion rates don’t really matter if people are still benefitting from substantial amounts of the content. Big questions remain, however: Is it better to learn online for free than break the bank (or your parents’ bank) to go to college?