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December 24, 2012
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  • Students building bridges, towers in Calif. STEM program
    Students at the Solvang School District in California have been learning about structural design and architecture, but not from lectures, textbooks or videos. Instead, Irene Rinta, founder of the nonprofit KidZ Engineering 101 Inc., helped second- and fifth-graders construct a city and even a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge with found and recycled items as part of a hands-on, project-based engineering and architecture unit. "I love the hands-on application of math, geometry, architecture, art and city planning. The finished project is just great, but even more impressive is the learning process that led to the product," said superintendent and principal John Karbula. Santa Maria Times (Calif.) (12/23) Email this Story
  • Calif. school club aims to encourage girls' love of math
    Female students at Hendrick Ranch Elementary School in Moreno Valley, Calif., have an opportunity to learn about careers that use math, thanks to the Girls Love Math club. Club sponsor and math teacher Tonna Dagenhart invites professionals to talk to students and engages club members with projects related to geometric design and rocketry. "Research shows that girls have a tendency to back away or dummy down their math abilities during their middle school years," Dagenhart said. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (12/23)
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Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
Based on data from Brandon Hall Group's 2014 Workforce Management Study, this paper explores the evolution of time and attendance, the impact of automation and integration, and the key role time and attendance solutions play in managing and measuring today's workforce. Read the Paper and Learn More

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  • Minn. chamber highlights successful school-to-work program
    High-school students in the Detroit Lakes area have a supportive business community giving them opportunities to investigate careers ranging from health care to manufacturing. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recently singled out the area's school-to-work program as the kind of student intern program it would like to see in cities and towns across the state. "You can't wait until somebody's at the community college or the state university until you start talking to them about a variety of their range of career options," Chamber Senior Vice President Bill Blazer said. Detroit Lakes Newspapers (Minn.) (12/21) Email this Story
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--William Blake,
British poet and painter



 
 
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