A group of Indiana high-school students recently designed, launched and tracked two helium-filled weather balloons using digital cameras and ham radios to Ohio. The engineering and design course, funded by a grant, also involved 4th-graders who are beginning their studies in science, technology, engineering and math.
The approaching holiday season offers several opportunities to teach students about energy transfer as part of the Next Generation Science Standards, according to teacher Kathy Renfrew. In this blog post, Renfrew suggests several lessons, including teaching students what happens when Thanksgiving leftovers become compost.
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
A study shows the number of women and underrepresented minorities among science, technology, engineering and math faculty ranks increased from 1992 to 2015 regarding tenure attainment, retention and promotions. However, the data show that women and Hispanic faculty members are making faster progress in their careers than black and Native American professors.
Researchers found that the rate of teens who used electronic devices for at least five hours daily increased from 8% in 2009 to 19% in 2015, and those teens were 70% more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions, compared with teens with less than one hour of use daily. The findings in Clinical Psychological Science also showed the prevalence of those who felt depressed or hopeless or had suicidal thoughts or attempts rose from 32% to 36% during the same period, with higher rates among girls.
Gender composition in classes may affect reading performance, according to an analysis of results from the Programme for International Student Assessment. Data show that having more girls in class boosted reading performance among boys and girls.
Dramco Tool is said to be the first company in Nebraska to allow 16- and 17-year-old students to work at their facility through a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Officials say the move is intended to help the company recruit more workers and put students on a path toward a successful career.
The nomination of Tim Kelly to serve as OCTAE assistant secretary has been withdrawn after blog posts surfaced in which he made a number of offensive comments. Read more.
Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week
Join leaders from across the country during National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13-17, to show that apprenticeships are beneficial to our nation's future because they offer students the specialized training they need and businesses receive workers with high-quality skills. Whether you're a leader in business, education, state or union, connect with your community to spread the word about apprenticeship programs.