The Community College of Baltimore County recently obtained two grants totaling $1.3 million to start the STEM Core Network initiative in Maryland. This program helps prepare students for careers in technological and scientific fields.
The Carpenters Local Union 1382 in Rochester, Minn., is offering a free, seven-week program to help women and minority workers gain hands-on carpentry training as well as "soft" skills. After participants graduate from the program, they are required to get a job with a union contractor.
Story maps can provide valuable information about the world around us, write Lauren Drakopulos of the University of Washington and Shefali Lakhina of the University of Wollongong. They highlight story map projects that helped capture detailed narratives about climate change, refugee movements and Seattle's LGBTQ community.
A pilot project by technology startup ATLAN Space aims to create artificial intelligence for drones so they can monitor illegal fishing, poaching and deforestation across large areas. The co-founders say they were inspired to start the company after learning that illegal fishing costs coastal West African countries more than $2 billion a year.
Pioneer High School and Sharyland High School in Texas are offering students a 40-hour course to help them earn certification to pilot a drone. Students in this portion of the career and technical education program will then study the rest of the year how drones are used in damage assessments and search and rescue operations.
The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.
There is no single "right" science, technology, engineering and math lesson, but an ideal lesson incorporates components to solving a real-world problem and getting hands on, educator and author Anne Jolly writes in this blog post. She describes the 11 components of a good STEM lesson and offers links to resources and sample lessons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. are giving a $500,000 in-kind donation to an Akron, Ohio, school district to expand its science, technology, engineering and math programs. The money will be used to buy teaching materials and construction improvements, and the Cavaliers also pledge support with speakers, presentations and field trips.
NASA and the National Science Foundation are backing a study to find out what happens to carbon captured by phytoplankton after the organisms are eaten or die and how that affects Earth's climate. The Export Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing expedition, or EXPORTS, will involve more than 100 scientists and will explore dark regions of the ocean between 650 and 3,300 feet, or 198 to 1,006 meters, deep with two research vessels, underwater robots and satellite images.
A once-dead gene in elephants that came back to life about 59 million years ago when the animals' ancestors started getting bigger has been linked to their ability to fend off cancer, according to findings published online by Cell Reports. The LIF6 gene works with the TP53 gene, signaling damaged cells to destroy themselves before they turn into cancer cells, researchers say.