The Discover E Future City competition challenges middle-school students to dream up ways of preparing cities to deal with issues such as ensuring a ready supply of clean water, which was this year's theme. Students in the Oklahoma City area worked with a teacher or mentor on a project plan using their STEM skills and presented it to the judges on Monday, and the winners will go to the national championships in Washington, D.C.
Research shows that air quality and air conditioning in schools can affect academic outcomes for students. Some schools in California that used air filters had higher test scores than schools that did not, according to a small study by a researcher at New York University.
The nonprofit Kid Spark Education provides a hands-on STEM curriculum and teacher professional development to introduce STEM to students at an early age, CEO Jena Olson says. In the Q&A, Olson says the program, designed for prekindergarten through eighth grade, aims to build students' confidence in math and science that will be needed in the majority of future jobs.
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation -- in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. -- is working to help students make their dreams a reality, according to Eugena Oh, the organization's president and CEO. In this commentary, Oh writes about the need for equal opportunities for students to succeed and how they can be helped by the federal government.
Crews of fishermen who work on Lake Kivu in Rwanda all sing in Amashi, a language they use to identify themselves and communicate with one another. Joseph Rusanganwa, a University of Rwanda modern languages professor, is making recordings to documenting the language.
The first Future of Education Technology conference of the new decade featured sessions and content on hot education topics, including social emotional learning, school transformation and teacher mental health. Vendors provided a glimpse of what edtech buyers can expect in the coming decade.
A high-school English teacher in Virginia has curated a classroom library of about 1,000 books for students. Corrina Reamer paid for the books through grants and online fundraisers, including raising an estimated $10,000 through DonorsChoose.
The Trump administration has proposed changes relaxing nutrition standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, permitting schools to reduce fruit servings in breakfasts, offer burgers or pizzas as a la carte food items and provide potatoes as a daily vegetable. The proposed rules, which US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said seek to curb food waste and paperwork, may encourage youths to opt for foods with increased calories, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Eighty-six percent of parents report agreeing or strongly agreeing that their adolescent children excessively play video games, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. The survey also shows that while 71% of parents report that video games may positively affect their teens, nearly 50% say video games "frequently" or "sometimes" hinder teen participation in family activities.
Rising tuition and decreases in higher-education funding are making it more difficult for students to rise out of poverty by getting a college education. Access has declined at schools that have taken steps to improve social mobility, and the overall trend is that low-income students with strong academic skills are less likely to be wealthy adults than high-income students who have below-average academic skills, research shows.
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