Physics + Dance + Wheelchair = Art

Alice Sheppard, a celebrated disabilities dancer and choreographer recently demonstrated the connection between physics and engineering, and dance as she performed on a prototype ramp designed and built by students at Olin College of Engineering.  The idea for the ramp came from Sheppard, but the planning, modeling, and manufacturing all took place at the college.  Sheppard plans to take the prototype plan to set designers who can build a finished product that she can travel with for her performances.  Read more.

Nation’s Report Card

The U.S Department of Education released the Nation’s Report Card on April 27, 2016.  Data showed that 12th grade students’ average mathematics score in 2015 was lower than two years before and that a higher percentage of high school seniors failed to reach basic levels.  Read more.

CTE Makeover Challenge

Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recently announced the Career Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge which is offering high school students the opportunity to design their own makerspace. Ten winning schools will be awarded $200,000 to help with the realization of their ideas. The deadline to submit interest is April 1st.  Read more:

New Computer Science Initiative in Rhode Island – CS4RI

Governor Raimondo announced a new initiative on March 7th to expand computer science learning for all public school students. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is a partnership between the Office of Innovation at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island STEM Center, Rhode Island Department of Education, computer science providers and the business community to bring CS learning opportunities to all Rhode Island schools by Fall 2017.  Read more

Public Review Period for K-12 Computer Science Standards

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites teachers, curriculum supervisors, administrators, business leaders and the broad education and business communities to review the K-12 Computer Science (CS) Standards and offer feedback.   The CS standards include computer science learning objectives to guide/inform teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of CS activities integrated into existing curriculum and as stand-alone courses. The CSTA K-12 CS Standards were originally published in 2011 and scheduled for a routine revision in 2015-2016.  The public review period will open on February 16 and will close on March 3, 2016.  Read more

Computer Science For All

Computer Science for All is President Obama’s new initiative to offer all students across the United States the opportunity to learn computer science (CS) in school. Building on current efforts by parents, teachers, states, districts, and the private sector to expand CS education, President Obama is including in this year’s budget specific funding for states and districts to support and train teachers, expand access to high-quality instructional materials, and build effective regional partnerships. Read more.

Recommendations on STEM Education

The STEM Education Coalition has developed a set of policy recommendations for the 2016 Presidential candidates which include recommendations for key elements of a National STEM Education Agenda. The STEM Education Coalition located in Washington D.C. is a non-profit which works to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role of STEM education. Recommendations on STEM Education

Wikipedia Year of Science

The Wikipedia Year of Science 2016 is an initiative to improve Wikipedia’s potential for communicating science to the public. The Wiki Education Foundation seeks to improve Wikipedia articles in the sciences by challenging science faculty and instructors, graduate and undergraduate students, and librarians to help improve Wikipedia’s science coverage for millions of readers. Read more

2016 National Education Technology Plan

The fifth National Education Technology Plan was released by the U.S. Department of Education in December 2015. The new plan represents a call to action, a vision for learning enabled through technology and a collection of recommendation and real-world examples for teachers, policymakers, and administrators. The new plan offers best practices for how technology should be used in schools focusing on five key areas: learning, teaching, leadership, assessment, and infrastructure. National Education Technology Plan 2016  

Securing Our Future: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Raytheon and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) commissioned Securing Our Future: Closing the Cyber Talent Gap, a survey to understand the career interests and educational preparedness of millennials (ages 18 to 26) in 12 countries around the world. Results from the October 2015 survey indicate that millennials aren’t acutely aware of cybersecurity job opportunities but they are generally interested. Schools are also not preparing young adults for these jobs, and there is a gap within the gap, with females less interested and informed about careers in cybersecurity than their male counterparts. Read more.