Agriculture students at Moapa Valley High School in Nevada have continued to plant and harvest vegetables during the coronavirus pandemic. Students recently planted about 7,000 plants, which when harvested will be sold at a farmers' market and used by culinary students at the school.
High-school students in Louisiana enrolled in the Early College Academy could earn an associate degree while earning a high-school diploma. The program is aimed at helping students graduate from high school and enter in-demand careers, including motor vehicles and IT.
Community colleges in California are anticipating "a 5% to 7% decrease in enrollment" based on early data, says California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, with the pandemic and wildfires among the factors. Community colleges in other states are also reporting declines in enrollment.
The percentage of high-school seniors considering trade schools or entering the workforce or military increased this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by Naviance. Data show a decline in students considering four- and two-year colleges -- 83% this year compared to 88% last year.
Spending time in nature and being awed by it can have a positive effect on mental health, a study in Emotion suggests. "Experiencing awe can contribute to a host of benefits including an expanded sense of time and enhanced feelings of generosity, well-being, and humility," says Dacher Keltner, a study author.
About 1.4 million high-school students earned college credits in the 2010-11 school year through dual-enrollment programs -- about 68% more than in the 2002-03 school year -- and nearly 70% of high schools had dual-enrollment programs by 2015, according to the Government Accountability Office. Research supports benefits of dual enrollment, including increasing the likelihood that students enroll in and finish college, yet some question whether the programs are as rigorous as traditional college courses.
New infrared images of Saturn's moon Enceladus taken by the Cassini space probe's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer suggest the presence of relatively new ice. "Now, thanks to these infrared eyes, you can go back in time and say that one large region in the northern hemisphere appears also young and was probably active not that long ago, in geologic timelines," says study author Gabriel Tobie.
An invisible ultraviolet aurora has been detected around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft. The aurora is caused by an interaction between solar winds and water molecules within the comet's coma, according to findings published online by Nature Astronomy.
The National Cancer Institute and the NIH have awarded a $10 million grant to Ohio State University to establish the Center for Serological Testing to Improve Outcomes from Pandemic COVID-19 to study how the illness affects first responders and their families. The researchers anticipate studying almost 2,000 people over five years.
A Nebraska high school recently launched an FFA club, which has already proven popular with dozens of students participating. The club has its roots in 2019, when families pushed for more agriculture opportunities for students.