An Ohio elementary school has started a science, technology, engineering and math class in which students build structures with Legos and learn computer skills. Parents' fundraising efforts contributed to the program, intended to teach students 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving, teacher Mary Ann Smiley said.
Children ages 9 and 10 who spent at least seven hours on screens per day had thinning of the part of the brain that controls sensory processing, and those who had more than two hours of daily screen time had lower language and thinking test scores, according to an ongoing study from the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow over 11,000 children for 10 years to see how prolonged screen time affects the brain.
Food consumer science students at an Iowa high school recently baked Christmas cookies for teachers, administrators and support staff. Teacher Kay Bukovich said the cookie giveaway has been a tradition at the school for more than 25 years.
Museums around the world are digitizing their fossil collections to create a massive online database, allowing scientists anywhere to study them. The Smithsonian in the US, which houses 40 million fossils, and the Natural History Museum in London are two of the participating institutions.
Stephanie Younger, a teacher at a rural high school in Kentucky, has overcome challenges to help establish a coding program at her school. Even though the school's enrollment and budget have declined, Younger says her long-term dream would be to attract a company to the area based on the strength of the region's coding education.
Researchers found that infants born to mothers who smoked and who received vitamin C with their prenatal vitamins had significantly improved forced expiratory flows at age 3 months, compared with those whose smoking mothers were given placebos along with the prenatal vitamins. The findings were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Students enrolled in a veterinary science program at an Indiana high school are learning handling techniques and other skills working with dogs whose owners work at the school. The program is aimed at helping to prepare students for careers in the veterinary field.
JPMorgan Chase has announced investments in school districts in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., aimed at supporting career pathway programs. The funds also will help establish a regional cooperative to develop a workforce-development strategy.
K-12 schools teamed with colleges and universities in North Dakota to coordinate participation in this year's Hour of Code. Gov. Doug Burgum said the state made student participation a priority, adding that the program helps to support preparation for college and career.
Nursing students at a technical center in Ohio are learning hands-on skills using a simulator called Noel. In particular, the device has helped to fill a gap in training opportunities as fewer local hospitals are offering OB-GYN services.