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March 5, 2013
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  • Ind. district boosts enrollment in machining classes
    Vigo County School Corp. in Indiana is seeing more students in its machining courses as demand grows in the field. The school district has even invited local industry professionals to open houses to introduce students and parents to the profession. "It's one thing for a teacher to tell parents and kids," said Doug Dillion, director of career-technical education, but there is added importance when an employer addresses it. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (3/4) Email this Story
  • Green student projects advance to Lexus Eco Challenge
    Birdhouses that protect biodiversity are one of three green projects that earned students from Utah's Olympus Junior High $30,000 in prize money and the chance to compete in the Lexus Eco Challenge. Other projects that made it into the final round of the national competition include a model wind turbine built by students at All Saints Regional Catholic School in New Jersey and an awareness campaign by students in Kentucky about the environmental impact of meat consumption. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/4) Email this Story
  • Calif. school incorporates "design thinking" in every class
    At Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., "design thinking" is part of the curriculum for all students in grades K-8. For example, fourth-graders were asked to design new LED lamps based on which of their family members they observed needing a new light source. The projects weave together many goals of the Common Core State Standards and incorporate service to others, says Kim Saxe, director of Nueva's iLab. "Our faculty loved that design thinking increased student empathy. We always have them designing for a classmate or someone in the community rather than just themselves," Saxe said. blog (3/4) Email this Story
  • Florida students get hands-on training in tech careers
    Juniors and seniors at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Fla., receive hands-on training in their pursuit to become dental assistants as part of a new program in which they spend part of their school day working on their certifications at Pinellas Technical Education Centers. Other schools in Pinellas County are also offering similar technical career training. "I guarantee students would like it better [than] regular school because you get to touch stuff and see what it's going to be like working in that field before you start," Boca Ciega senior Amber Clark said. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (3/4) Email this Story
  • Teenage innovators steal the show at TED2013
    A safer source of nuclear energy and a test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers that costs 3 cents were among the ideas presented by teenagers at TED2013 in Long Beach, Calif. One student, Jack Andraka, won a national award for his screening test. The theme of this year's conference was "The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered." CNN (3/3) Email this Story
  • Study: CTE can help boys stay in high school and graduate
    High-school boys who earned three or more credits in Career Technical Education were more likely to stay in school, according to researchers at the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the University of Louisville, Ky. Speaking at the National Policy Seminar of the Association for Career and Technical Education in Crystal City, Va., researcher James Stone III said CTE courses kept boys engaged and schools should partner with businesses to give boys real-world experience. Education Week/College Bound blog (3/4) Email this Story
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