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How one council uses STEM programs to help grow Scouting

February 08, 2017

Four years ago, professionals and volunteers at Old North State Council began including science, technology, engineering and math activities in its annual calendar, starting with a merit badge college. The event now attracts more than 400 Scouts every winter. The council expanded its STEM offerings to include Cub Scout STEM Quest in spring as well as teen-oriented STEM X in summer.

After-school STEM classes let kids build robots, and maybe resumes

February 08, 2017

Add building robots to the list of out-of-school activities required for kids to be competitive college applicants and future workers. Digital Adventures, which runs summer camps and after-school courses to expose kids to engineering and computer science, aims to provide the experience some parents think is necessary to get into the increasingly attractive field.

DeVos confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education: Here's what she can, can't do

February 07, 2017

Despite surprisingly robust opposition, Betsy DeVos became U.S. secretary of education Tuesday, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The opposition was, in part, surprising because the secretary of education doesn't wield all that much power. In broad terms, education is largely a local issue.