The aerospace industry has made some advancements in gender diversity in recent years, but women are still underrepresented in private companies and at agencies such as NASA. The space agency recently found that only 16% of its senior scientists are female, compared with a third of its overall workforce.
School esports leagues are allowing students with learning differences and English-language learners to do extracurricular activities with their peers in general education. While the gaming culture has a reputation for toxicity, school esports leagues have teachers and coaches on hand to make sure everyone is included.
Several states will be eying ways to improve equity in education in 2020 by changing their funding formulas. Among them is Ohio, where officials have proposed $2 billion in new state investment in education and a revamp of how the state funds schools.
Students worldwide are working to update digital maps, including students from George Washington University who are using the platform OpenStreetMap to create a digital map of a rural area of the Philippines. The project could have broader implications because the US Agency for International Development uses the data to plan infrastructure improvements, deliver aid and support communities during natural disasters.
More than 300 schools in the UK have volunteered to serve as "ed tech testbeds" that will test new products in the classroom by collaborating with software developers and researchers. The goal is to more quickly generate evidence about which products are useful -- and which are not -- in classroom settings.
EU antitrust regulators are reviewing Facebook's data practices, to include how user details are gathered, processed, used and monetized, as well as the details of contracts with third parties who access this data. Officials reported sending initial questionnaires to both Facebook and Google regarding these practices.
The lack of minority representation in STEM fields in the US is a serious problem that requires deliberate action to overcome, write Freeman Hrabowski and Peter Henderson. They write that diversity in STEM can be improved by setting high expectations among schools, developing a sense of community within STEM programs and offering academic support for high-achieving students to ease the transition into college life.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's new Minority Broadband Initiative will start by examining possible projects in the Carolinas. The NTIA plans to expand on its existing connections to federal and state governments to serve communities near historically black colleges and universities.
LinkedIn says it will pause plans to require users of Lynda.com, which it acquired, to create a LinkedIn account to access the content. The reversal stems from concerns raised by libraries that requiring patrons to disclose personal information and create LinkedIn accounts is contrary to their efforts to safeguard personal information.
Denise Bowers, a pre-kindergarten teacher at a South Carolina elementary school, launched a campaign to encourage reading by hiding books in the community and encouraging families to find the books and leave more books for others to find and read. Bowers launched the effort with a Facebook message, saying "Welcome to Bluffton Kids Love Books!" and asking families to share photos of students with the books found hidden in the community.