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January 15, 2013
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  Education 
  • What is the role of art in STEM?
    School districts, education foundations and the federal government are pushing for greater educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Meanwhile, more questions are coming up about whether art and design deserve a place at the STEM table. Many schools have committed to a STEAM concept, but some educators suggest the arts already are involved in the creative and innovative elements that are encouraged as part of a well-rounded STEM education. District Administration magazine (1/2013) Email this Story
  • Report: Nontraditional technologies attract students to STEM
    In this blog post, guest blogger Victoria O'Dea highlights a recent report by the Center for Digital Education that focuses on specialized technologies educators can use to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. Not only do tools such as virtual labs, robotics and gaming appeal to students, they also expose students to technology they may use in college and the workplace, according to the report's authors. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 (1/14) Email this Story
  • Games help girls find context for math, science concepts
    Research about girls and video games shows that girls tend to prefer games that include problem-solving, collaboration and real-life elements. Designers of educational technology have found that math and science-based games are most popular with girls when the concepts have some connection to real-world situations and can lead to a solution that supports a "social good." KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/14) Email this Story
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  Business 
  • Student-designed UAVs could be put to work in Fla.
    The Engineering & Manufacturing Institute of Technology program at Forest High School in Marion County, Fla., has received an AT&T "STEM at Work" grant, which will fund a challenge put out to students to design unmanned aerial vehicles. Teams of five students will present and fly their prototypes for the Sheriff's Office and Progress Energy officials who will choose five that could be developed for future use. Ocala Star-Banner (Fla.) (1/13)
  Trends 
  • Nursing job market tougher for new grads, experts say
    The health care industry has been driving job growth in the U.S. since the recession, but many recent nursing-school graduates are still having trouble finding jobs, observers say. Health care providers commonly post job descriptions that rule out candidates with no experience, which makes job hunting more difficult for recent grads. Some experts say the job prospects for young nurses should get better in the next few years as the demand for health care services grows. CNNMoney (1/14)
  • Women take a higher profile in the video-game business
    Women are a greater proportion of video-game developers and players today, Malathi Nayak writes in this analysis. Game designer Sheri Graner Ray estimates that women now make up 11% of the workforce in the game industry, compared with 3% in 1989. Reuters (1/13)
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  SmartQuote 
If you can't write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don't have a clear idea."
--David Belasco,
American theatrical producer, director and playwright



 
 
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