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Toymakers want to bring STEM to playtime, filling gaps from schools

December 04, 2016

Having a mouse in the house can be a good thing. That's what Vernon Hills-based Learning Resources is trying to convince parents as the company tries to sell its new Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set. The $60 toy encourages programming, allowing players to use directional tiles to direct a robot mouse to a cheese wedge-shaped game piece.

Research Team Finds Benefits of Engineering Lessons for First-Graders

December 04, 2016

Even at the first-grade level, students can benefit from engineering lessons, according to a study by researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Students who participated in STEM Starters+ lessons not only developed a greater understanding of engineering, but they also learned more science and were more highly engaged in learning.

House passes medical cures bill

December 01, 2016

The House on Wednesday passed a medical innovation bill aimed at curing diseases, with the measure securing bipartisan support after months of negotiations. The legislation, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, passed 392-26. It seeks to speed up the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of new drugs while investing new money in medical research.