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1/27/2020

Students who participating in a Nebraska high school's robotics club get a hands-on chance to explore technology in a low-stakes setting, says science teacher Matt Bay, who co-sponsors the club with a math programming teacher. Two robots were recently built in the club, offering students from across grades and levels of experience the chance to work with the technology.

1/27/2020

SpaceX could launch its Crew Dragon spaceship with a live crew as early as April, and it will be the first time NASA astronauts have been launched aboard a US spacecraft since 2011, when the Space Shuttle program ended. Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley have been preparing to pilot the craft to the International Space Station since they were selected in 2018.

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Business Insider
1/27/2020

First-year automotive students at the Career Pathways Institute in Nebraska recently visited an Anderson Ford sit, where two students will be selected to work as interns in the spring. Ben Kelley, a high-school senior working at the location, says the experience is helping to prepare him for a job after high school.

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1/27/2020

School libraries can serve as a gateway to STEM with the right equipment and the appropriate mindset, according to Kevin Mace, librarian at Greenmont Elementary School in West Virginia. The school is replacing its computer lab with a makerspace and has incorporated robots, iPads and other technology into the library to encourage students to pursue storytelling and creativity through nontraditional methods.

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West Virginia
1/27/2020

Footprints found on the side of a now-extinct volcano in Italy likely belonged to early hominids, who left them in the cooling ash as they were climbing up the mountain about 350,000 years ago, a study published in the Journal of Quaternary Science suggests. Researchers aren't speculating as to why the hominids were climbing up the volcano, and their pace was not rushed, according to the scientists' calculations.

1/27/2020

A species of Allosaurus discovered at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah in 1990 has been named and is described in PeerJ. The fossils of Allosaurus jimmadseni date back about 155 million years and the carnivorous creature is different from other species of Allosaurus because of the structure of its skull, researchers say.

1/27/2020

Bat guano collected from deep inside a cave in Jamaica is helping researchers learn about the effects humans have had on the environment there as far back as 4,300 years ago, before humans lived there. "It became a nice little puzzle and history lesson, looking at how agricultural changes had shaped what the bats were exposed to," says Lauren Gallant, lead author of the study published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.

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Smithsonian online
1/27/2020

The UK wants to lure top scientists from around the world to do their research there and is offering a fast-track visa to make the move easier, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Citizens of the EU will no longer have the automatic right to work in the UK after it leaves the EU, scheduled for Friday.

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The Associated Press
1/27/2020

Leaders and education organizations in New Hampshire say the state should make a greater push to engage students in career conversations at an early age. Carl Ladd, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, suggested that more students work alongside professionals in the field to gain experience.

1/27/2020

High-school welding students in a Texas district recently were recognized for their work to construct a bridge to help people walk to a nearby intermediate school. About 20 students and teachers worked together to construct the 30-foot long, 4-foot-wide walkway.