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STEM Instruction: How Much There Is and Who Gets It

February 5th, 2019 No comments

From: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2019/01/survey_gives_new_insights_into.html

By Sasha Jones on January 8, 2019 3:55 PM

Despite a push for greater STEM instruction, students and teachers continue to experience inequitable access to STEM-related classes and resources, according to a new survey of 1,200 schools and 7,600 teachers.

This nationally representative study is the sixth in a series of surveys on K-12 STEM education and college and career readiness dating back to 1977, but the first to put an emphasis on computer science and engineering. The survey, conducted by Horizon Reasearch, Inc. and commissioned by the National Science Foundation, covered a variety of topics relevant to teachers, giving insights into instructional practices, course offerings, resources, and professional development participation in K-12 math, science, and computer science.

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Pocket Science Lab Dev Board

January 17th, 2019 No comments

What is Pocket Science Lab

All in One Device. PSLab is a small USB powered hardware extension for your Android phone or PC that lets you measure all kinds of things. PSLab comes with a built-in Oscilloscope, Multimeter, Wave Generator, Logic Analyzer, Power Source, and we are constantly adding more digital instruments. PSLab is many devices in one. Simply connect two wires to the relevant pins and start measuring. You can use our Open Source Android or desktop apps to view and collect the data. You can also plug in hundreds of compatible I2C standard sensors to the PSLab pin slots. It works without the need for programming. So, what experiments you do is just limited to your imagination! PSLab is developed by FOSSASIA and OpnTec in collaboration with a global community of Open Source developers.

More info at: https://www.seeedstudio.com/Pocket-Science-Lab-Dev-Board-Measuring-All-Kinds-of-Things.html?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=bazaar_0117&mc_cid=475999a578&mc_eid=ccf4a0b433

Amazon To Make Its Engineering Training Courses Available For Free.

December 21st, 2018 No comments

TechCrunch (11/26, Loizos) reports that AWS announced Monday “it has made available, for free, the same machine learning courses that it uses to train its own engineers.” Paraphrasing Amazon GM of AI and Deep Learning Dr. Matt Wood, TechCrunch says “there are more than 45 hours across 30 different courses that developers, data scientists, data platform engineers, and business professionals can take gratis.” Wood said each lesson “starts with the fundamentals, and builds on those through real-world examples and labs, allowing developers to explore machine learning through some fun problems we have had to solve at Amazon.” According to TechCrunch, the company “is also introducing its own machine-learning certification that customers can take right now for half price.” TechCrunch says, “Presumably, part of the idea is to enhance Amazon’s retail pages, as well to potentially to recruit more people into the company so it can accelerate its own growth. If Amazon earns some much needed goodwill along the way, so be it.”

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Direct link to AWS Training and Certification HERE

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Robotics engineer Barbie joins the girls who code

December 21st, 2018 No comments

From: Reuters
June 26, 2018

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Barbie, the world’s most iconic doll, is venturing into coding skills in her latest career as a robotics engineer.

The new doll, launched on Tuesday, aims to encourage girls as young as seven to learn real coding skills, thanks to a partnership with the kids game-based computing platform Tynker, toymaker Mattel said.

Robotics engineer Barbie, dressed in jeans, a graphic T-shirt, denim jacket and wearing safety glasses, comes with six free Barbie-inspired coding lessons designed to teach logic, problem solving and the building blocks of coding.

The lessons show girls, for example, how to build robots, get them to move at a dance party, or do jumping jacks.

According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, only 24 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs were held by women in 2017.

Barbie has held more than 200 careers in her almost 60-year life, including president, video game developer and astronaut.

Tynker co-funder Krishna Vedati said in a statement that the company’s mission to empower youth worldwide made Barbie an ideal partner “to help us introduce programming to a large number of kids in a fun engaging way.”

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Free Textbook Platform OpenStax Reducing College Costs.

August 19th, 2018 No comments

Diverse Education (8/6) runs an article describing the Rice University nonprofit initiative OpenStax, launched in 2012 “to provide free textbooks and digital resources.” The program “is growing and helping to impact the cost of a college education.” Rice “recently announced that more than 2.2 million students and nearly half of U.S. colleges are using the service this year to save about $177 million – helping OpenStax surpass its goal early of saving students $500 million in textbook costs by 2020.” High schools and colleges of all sizes are using the program. “A recent study by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center of Education Statistics (NCES) found that the average textbook costs from around the nation are decreasing for the first time in 50 years. Some say the change is due partly to competition from alternatives such as OpenStax.”

Link to OpenStax

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Tennessee Coding School Training Young Adults As Software Engineers.

August 19th, 2018 No comments

The Memphis (TN) Commercial Appeal (8/4, Lopez) reports Code Crew Code School in Memphis, Tennessee “is training 16 young adults to become entry-level software engineers, earning $60,000 a year, for free.” The paper says that four years of training are condensed into a “six-month coding boot camp.” The school “launched three years ago, teaching after-school programs, summer camps, in-school electives and pop-up classes. The group focused on teaching elementary, middle and high school-aged children computer science.”

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Getting low-income kids into jobs by getting them into career-themed high schools

August 3rd, 2018 No comments
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Girl Scouts Roll Out 30 New Badges, Including Cybersecurity and Robotics | Inside Edition

July 18th, 2018 No comments
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STEM Websites for kids

June 27th, 2018 No comments
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Tennessee updates science standards for first time in 10 years | TSDMemphis.com

June 27th, 2018 No comments
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