Students in Washington state recently engaged in STEM learning through hands-on experiences provided by the traveling Curiosity Cube exhibit. The Cube, created by biotech firm Millipore Sigma, brings the periodic table to life for students in fourth through eighth grades through use of virtual reality and other technologies.
Robotics classes at Radford High School in Virginia show the potential of the technology use as a life skill that students can take into the workforce, officials say. The high school has offered robotics classes for three years and the district is about to expand robotics and other STEM courses to middle school students.
Entrepreneurial education teaches valuable life lessons, including how to recognize opportunity, work toward a goal and develop networks of support, writes Steve Mariotti, entrepreneur, former special-education teacher and founder of the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. In this interview, he shares how entrepreneurial education can be life-changing for students and offers several ways to introduce such lessons in the classroom.
Thirty-nine percent of teachers need greater training to effectively use education technology, but administrators assert that tight budgets and competing priorities are preventing them from making such investments, according to a survey from Promethean. The survey also found that teachers want to use more technology in the classroom and expect the use of cloud-based lesson delivery, virtual reality and other tech to increase over the next five years.
There have been 49 ransomware attacks against schools so far this year, according to a report from endpoint resilience firm Absolute. At issue, according to Christy Wyatt, Absolute's CEO, is that schools are providing more connected devices to students that ever before.
Forty-one school districts in 10 counties in Missouri will use $250,000 in grants through the Missouri University of Science and Technology to expand teacher training in STEM. The grants and programming are part of the Project Lead the Way initiative, which seeks to interest students in science and engineering.
The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, an online coding and robotics tournament, helps to engage students in STEM lessons, asserts Robin Corbeil, a technology and computer teacher at a New Hampshire middle school. In this commentary, Corbeil writes that the program includes training for teachers and a boot camp for students and educators.
One Iowa school district has installed tablets on 10 of its buses that keep track of students who board and use navigation software to optimize bus routes. Parents are able to download an app on their phones to keep track of when their children board and exit the bus, say district officials.
The University of Maine used its record-setting 70-foot-long 3D printer to print a seaworthy 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat featuring a blend of plastic and wood cellulose. The craft is seen as a demonstration of the potential of 3D printing for prototyping on a large scale as the school plans to expand the printer and experiment with the use of recyclable materials such as bio-based thermoplastic composites.
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