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2/21/2018

Local agencies in a Vermont county will pilot a program aimed at connecting high-school students and recent graduates with employers. Real Careers @ Rutland County is designed to eventually provide training in adventure-based recreation and tourism, construction, health care, manufacturing, plus transportation and logistics.

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2/21/2018

Students enrolled in a construction program at their California high school are putting their skills to use by building a tiny house. Students in a design career pathway program are working on pillows and curtains, while multimedia pathway students are marketing the house.

2/21/2018

High-schoolers in a Nebraska district are celebrating National FFA Week. Some students this week drove tractors -- and even some lawnmowers -- to school as part of Drive Your Tractor, or Dirty Pickup Truck to School Day.

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2/21/2018

Students in the veterinary technician program at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Conn., practice blood draws, injections and intubations on Scooby, a synthetic dog with realistic blood pressure, muscles and organs. "We try to simulate as many real-life situations as possible so [students] have the muscle memory developed and the technique developed, so it's just putting it into practice with a live animal," instructor Amy Lawton said.

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2/20/2018

A growing number of students nationwide are enrolling in computer science courses, thanks in part to the "Computer Science for All" approach adopted in some districts. A key motivation for the expansion of such programs has been to prepare students for the workforce, including in-demand jobs in computer science fields.

2/20/2018

Educators should allow flexibility and encourage students to take risks in order to help prepare them for careers, according to four veteran entertainment production professionals who spoke at the recent NAMM show and conference. During the event, they also shared how developing mental toughness helped them in their own careers.

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2/20/2018

Half of women who work in science, technology, engineering and math say they have experienced discrimination, including being paid less than men and being treated as if they are inept, according to a Pew Research Center study. Women who face the most discrimination include those with postgraduate degrees and those working in male-majority settings, the study finds.

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2/20/2018

Students at a California school are designing and building models of six different homes to replace the one their teacher, Anna Solano, lost last year during the state's wildfires. Solano calls it a "teachable moment" that students chose to design a project around the disaster.

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2/20/2018

The Great Pyramid of Khufu's builders may have used the fall equinox to align the structure nearly perfectly along cardinal points, according to findings published in the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Researchers tried out the method by marking where a rod's shadow appeared throughout the day on the fall equinox of 2016, and the shadow lined up almost perfectly in an east-west direction.

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LiveScience
2/20/2018

Researchers used modern technology to learn more about a series of funerary portraits found with mummies created during the Roman era in Egypt. The materials used to create the portraits, on display at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, came from such places as central Europe, Spain and Greece, suggesting a sophisticated trade network.

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Science News