Rural districts use various strategies to overcome challenges to offering science, technology, engineering and math in schools. Some districts seek outside funding and partner with businesses, universities and community groups to gain equipment and training, such as a Florida district that found resources to train a teacher to offer Advanced Placement computer science.
More than 560 middle- and high-school girls took part in a weekend science, technology, engineering and math workshop held at Google's Sunnyvale, Calif., offices. The Google Girls Robotics Workshop aims to increase girls' interest in robotics competitions and STEM careers.
In Pittsburgh, a free eight-week program called Startable is teaching teens the business and technical skills needed to create and sell a product. The program also connects students with potential internships in the local tech community through AlphaLab Gear startup companies.
Researchers at security conferences reported that signals from monitors can be changed to falsify vital signs and that insulin pumps and pacemakers can be hacked in ways that harm patients. Encryption of network data and authentication would make it harder to attack the devices, said Doug McKee of McAfee's Advanced Threat Research team.
The new website WhoYouKnow.org is an online directory offering links to 109 edtech tools that can help students network with potential mentors. The site aims to help students receive greater feedback regarding college and career planning in the real world.
A group of New Jersey high-school students are learning how to run a business while selling produce at a farm stand. Teachers say students have to do math in their heads to give correct change to customers.
Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina recently obtained a $200,000 grant from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas for its Power Line Technician Program. This money will go toward tuition and equipment as well as offering students career development opportunities and hands-on training.
After a glitch caused a 24-hour delay, NASA launched its Parker Solar Probe from the Kennedy Space Center early Sunday. Photos show the launch of the Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the probe into space, where it is expected to reach the sun.
A killer whale who carried the body of her dead newborn calf for at least 17 days has finally released it, according to scientists with the Center for Whale Research. The whale was spotted chasing salmon near Vancouver Island in Canada and appears to be in good condition.
Two independent research teams have not been able to replicate the results of earlier diabetes research that suggested the neurotransmitter GABA and an anti-malaria drug boosted the production of insulin-producing cells in the pancreases of mice. The new studies were published in different issues of Cell Metabolism.
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