Fifth-grade students at an Illinois school recently learned about science and business through a project-based-learning unit in which they created and marketed soft drinks at their own soda pop store. Teacher Jamie McCool, who found the ideas on a lesson-plan sharing site, said the project covers solvents, solutions, volume and density as well as marketing and other business skills.
National Board Certified Teachers Amy Schwartzbach-Kang and Edward Kang engage students in science, technology, engineering and math using zombies. Lessons include studying regions of the brain and using math to determine whether people could visit various locations for supplies and make it back to safety before the arrival of the zombies.
A school district in New Hampshire is partnering with an area community college on a dual-enrollment program in which students earn college credits and a manufacturing certificate while still in high school. At the end of the two-semester program, students are guaranteed a job interview at an aerospace company.
Researchers have developed a mathematical simulation to help them better understand how secondary veins contribute to the complex patterns on dragonfly wings, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The simulation was able to mimic the real wings' patterns, showing researchers how they form.
Teens who had lower scores in 17 cognitive ability areas, especially verbal memory and mechanical reasoning, on the Project Talent test in 1960 had an increased likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in their 60s and early 70s, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings suggest that Project Talent may prompt the development of early interventions to curb dementia risk, said researcher Susan Lapham.
A high school in Indiana is offering courses to help prepare students for careers in recreational vehicle construction. The area's RV industry continues to grow, and the program is intended to offer a pipeline of skilled workers.
Community colleges in Texas report more high-schoolers are enrolled in dual-credit programs. Participation in such courses increased following a change in state law in 2015 that expanded the participation to some freshmen and sophomores and removed a cap on the number of dual-credit courses students could take.
Agricultural education is one of the fastest-growing career and technical education programs in West Virginia, and FFA membership is the highest in the state's history. Jason Hughes, lead coordinator and state FFA adviser for the West Virginia Department of Education, says FFA continues to diversify and grow in an effort to engage students in agriculture.
High-school students in Georgia are preparing for careers with the Georgia Ports Authority through the Youth Learning Equipment and Safety program. Several students who have participated in the workforce-development program already have been hired, and officials say they hope to grow the pipeline of skilled workers.
The discovery in Guatemala of a Mayan altar that dates back almost 1,500 years has helped researchers learn more about the Kaanul dynasty and identify a previously unknown king. "The discovery of this altar allows us to identify an entirely new king of La Corona who apparently had close political ties with the capital of the Kaanul kingdom, Dzibanche, and with the nearby city of El Peru-Waka," said study co-leader Marcello Canuto.
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