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April 18, 2018
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Urban students get hands-on in agriculture class
Urban students get hands-on in agriculture class
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Teacher Jaysa Fillmore is using agricultural science to give hands-on context to math and science lessons in an urban Idaho school. Fillmore and her students have built a greenhouse for plants and a barn for rabbits, and take field trips to learn about agriculture-related careers.
The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (4/15) 
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Program focuses on relieving math anxiety
Program focuses on relieving math anxiety
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Students participating in an after-school program at an Iowa school are learning how hands-on, stress-free activities can boost math skills. The Crazy 8s program seeks to use such activities to reduce math anxiety.
Valley News (West Lebanon, N.H.) (4/16) 
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Middle-school girls explore STEM during monthly club
A North Dakota school district holds monthly after-school science, technology, engineering and math clubs for middle-grades girls to boost interest in STEM subjects. Club participants recently guided peers through activities, such as building a catapult using wooden sticks, rubber bands and candy.
Minot Daily News (N.D.) (4/16) 
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Research & Funding
Study links computer science, higher test scores
Study links computer science, higher test scores
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Students who participate in extra computer science activities might perform better on assessments, according to a study by Outlier Research and Evaluation. Data show higher performance in reading, English and language arts, and science for such students.
T.H.E. Journal (4/17) 
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Business & Industry
Fla. chamber, schools partner for intern program
A Florida school district is partnering with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to connect students with summer internships in local businesses. The organization recently held an information session for businesses as part of an effort to mentor students while promoting local jobs and industry.
Jackson County Floridan (Marianna, Fla.) (4/17) 
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Policy & Advocacy
Partnerships help fill computer-science gaps
Partnerships help fill computer-science gaps
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Schools are working to incorporate computer science education, but some data show lack of teacher training is a barrier to implementation. States, such as Rhode Island and Indiana, have created partnerships to help expand teacher support.
eSchool News (free registration) (4/17) 
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