Four Idaho elementary schools have received science, technology, engineering and math certifications through the Arizona-based nonprofit AdvancED as part of an initiative to increase the state's skilled workforce. One accredited elementary school has increased collaborative learning, teamwork and student choice along with interdisciplinary STEM lessons.
Some at-risk students in New Mexico are enrolled in a program called Youth Build, which puts them on a career pathway in the construction trade. Students currently are working on a remodel of Youth Development Inc. building.
Warming temperatures in the Arctic may be making it less safe for baby shorebirds as predators go after them more, according to findings published in Science. Researchers looked at data on predator attack rates over decades to measure the increase in attacks on shorebird nests.
Some students at a Texas high school are making 3D-printed prosthetic limbs in an on-campus makerspace. The students are working with an organization called Enabling the Future to make the prostheses for people who need them.
Career and technical students in a Maryland school district recently won a video contest sponsored by the National Center for Construction Education & Research. The winning video shows them building therapeutic stairs for children who have difficulty walking.
Facebook recently launched 13 free, digital career-development courses designed to help people re-enter the workforce or refresh their skills. Fatima Saliu, the company's head of policy and Americas marketing, says the courses are intended to help people compete in a digital economy.
Smoke and devastation from two wildfires in California, among the state's 16 uncontrolled blazes, can be seen from space. Movement of the Camp Fire and Woolsey wildfires has been charted by NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis satellites, which monitor changes on the surface of Earth.
Etchings of 13 ships, a sailor and various animal-like zoomorphs dating back approximately 2,000 years have been found on cistern walls in Be'er Sheva, Israel. Specialists with the Israel Antiquities Authority say the ship drawings are detailed, realistically proportioned and match the type of ships built in that era.
A tiny army of soldier statues similar to the Terracotta Army built for China's first emperor has been found in a pit about 2,100 years old, according to findings published in Chinese Cultural Relics. Archaeologists say the mini terracotta army may have been created for the Qi prince Liu Hong, son of Emperor Wu.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration awarded a grant worth over $52,000 to West Virginia University to develop a realistic training program for responding to underground fires and explosions. Also, the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health awarded an unspecified grant to the university to study mine-fire hazards and predictability.