A Madison, Wis., elementary school's students are spending some of their library time to engage in making with Innovation Stations, in which they explore science, technology, engineering and math. Members of a middle school's FIRST LEGO League made a presentation about robotics and led the younger students in STEM activities.
The House appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday will hear from US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget plan for the Department of Education. This blog post highlights three elements to watch for during her testimony.
Middle-school students in a Pennsylvania district are learning to operate and work with heavy equipment through an after-school program. The program, which lets students work with a bulldozer, dump truck and survey grades, was intended to help engage students in career and technical education.
Middle-grades students from 16 school districts competed in an engineering challenge to build environmentally friendly household devices using Lego K'NEX in an event held at a Pennsylvania school. One school's enrichment teacher said the competition gives students insight into potential careers.
High-school students in Minnesota are using welding skills to make art from recycled materials. The students' iron work will be featured in the 2018 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour.
Efforts to remove barriers to college for students include offering free college-admissions exams in high school. However, approaches vary, and some districts, including Montgomery County, Md., do not cover the cost of the SAT essay required by some colleges for admission.
California is investing heavily in a "pre-apprenticeship" program that some say could help women gain footing in the skilled trades, where they comprise about 3% of the workforce. The pre-apprenticeships allow participants to learn about fields they could consider for future careers.
Researchers whose facilities were destroyed as a result of last year's hurricanes, particularly those in Puerto Rico, are struggling to figure out what to do about their lost work. Many are starting over by rebuilding, and other scientists are offering support as those hit hard by the disasters seek new funding.
Five fossil forests that lived through the Permian extinction between 299 million and 251 million years ago have been found in Antarctica. "These new findings tell us how these organisms were reacting or responding to the climatic or environmental changes that were taking place during the extinction crisis," said Erik Gulbranson, an expedition leader.
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