James Williams, a home-schooled student from Vancouver, Wash., won the National Geographic's annual geography bee. Williams also qualified for two other national events, the National Science Olympiad and the National Science Bowl.
As Internet access becomes more widespread, it seems to be changing the dynamic between parents and their children, analysts say. While parents can limit their children's time on the Internet and monitor the sites they have visited, the children can become the teachers as their parents struggle to become more computer savvy.
The recent E3 computer gaming convention underscored an uncomfortable truth for Jane Margolis, education researcher at UCLA: Computer games are written by men for men and boys. Because the gamers of today are often the programmers of tomorrow, Margolis argues that it is important to design games that will appeal to girls in order to get more women in the IT world.