Middle- and high-school students in Western New York are designing prosthetic hands for children through the Hand in Hand project organized by the WNY STEM Hub. The hands will be manufactured by an East Aurora company and given to three local children and two in other countries.
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.
Social pressures, academic expectations and concerns about personal safety are among the stressors some students wrestle with as they return to school, Theresa Woodard writes. Clinical psychologist Nicholas Westers says anxiety does serve useful purposes, but if a child begins losing sleep or refuses to go to school, then parents should consult a physician.
Poor professional development for teachers and lack of home internet access for students are among the reasons teachers struggle to integrate technology in their classroom, Brendon Hyndman writes in this commentary. Training sessions aimed at addressing different tech scenarios and a community that lets teachers share practices can help ease this process, Hyndman says.
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.
Some college presidents are using digital tools to better connect with students, according to a report from the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania. Twitter feeds and web portals where students can schedule one-on-one chats are among the strategies listed in the report.
School districts should embrace learning management systems for elementary schools to help develop young students' technology skills and prepare them for blended learning, writes Schoology's Kara Gann. Gann offers three ways districts would benefit from an LMS, including parental engagement and student independence, plus teacher collaboration and personalized learning.
Teachers, parents and students in Puerto Rico are bracing for the school year as a $300 million budget shortfall and school consolidations further complicate the ongoing recovery effort. Puerto Rico has closed 266 public schools and implemented an online management system to help organize chaotic enrollment, but teachers say they worry that confusion and lack of money will hinder their efforts to lead classrooms.
Education leaders should borrow a page from LeBron James' education playbook, which challenges traditional approaches to school reform, writes Julia Freeland Fisher of the Clayton Christensen Institute. Previous reforms emphasized academic standards, but James' school will focus on dismantling the poverty barriers that tend to impede student achievement, Fisher writes in this commentary.
More than 560 middle- and high-school girls took part in a weekend science, technology, engineering and math workshop held at Google's Sunnyvale, Calif., offices. The Google Girls Robotics Workshop aims to increase girls' interest in robotics competitions and STEM careers.