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March 11, 2013
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  • Mich. district prepares students for tech-driven world
    Michigan's Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district is using a recently approved $114.4 million bond, in part, to invest in the school technology necessary to implement online testing requirements being implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among other things, the district will purchase digital devices for all students and make improvements to district labs for science, technology, engineering and math to prepare students for technology-driven jobs of the 21st-century. "This is the way of the future, it's the nature of the global world," said John Barrett, school board president. Observer & Eccentric Newspapers (Livonia, Mich.) (3/9)
  • N.J. STEM high school supports success and failure
    Students at a New Jersey high school may not know all the answers when it comes to solving science, technology, engineering and math problems, but they are not afraid to try -- and sometimes fail -- thanks to a culture that supports collaboration and learning by experimenting. Other creative strategies used by school officials include bringing in mentors from local industries and not ranking students by grades. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (3/10) Email this Story
  • Pa. school highlights role math plays in engineering
    A group of engineers recently visited a Pennsylvania high school where they helped students understand the specialty areas in engineering and encouraged them to take advanced math classes if they want to pursue a career in engineering. "Don't let that scare you," Richard Krill, an architectural engineer from Woodland Development, said. "One of the things math allows us to do is talk in the same language about something we're passionate about." The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) (3/10)
  • High-school senior makes his mark on the app market
    Ben Dennis, a high-school senior who has long had an interest in business and technology, incorporated his application-development business when he was just 15. Dennis, who has worked with a wide array of clients, earns $20,000 to $30,000 a year and is planning to attend Indiana University. "My goals for the future are to graduate from Kelley with a high GPA and to create something revolutionary," he said. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (3/7) Email this Story
  • North America can become energy exporter in decade, exec says
    North America has the potential to become an energy exporter within 10 years, spurred by a boom in shale oil and natural gas production, said Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips. "The new landscape is like someone picked up the energy world and tilted it," Lance said. Limited access and unfair taxes on the industry, however, could jeopardize shale development, he said. Reuters (3/5)
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  • Taking business to school
    The latest case study in our series on business-education partnerships is now available! Read about how Pacific Gas & Electric partnered with education to develop a skilled workforce.
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