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November 20, 2012
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  • Hip-hop artist, Columbia professor team up for science education
    To generate more interest and higher achievement in science among African-American and Hispanic students in New York City, hip-hop artist GZA of the group Wu-Tang Clan and Columbia University professor Christopher Emdin are launching a pilot program in conjunction with the website Rap Genius that will use hip-hop to teach science. Their goal is to use musical lyrics to convey scientific concepts and engage students in coming up with their own lyrics based on classroom material. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16) Email this Story
  • Teachers apply STEM training to practical, real-world lessons
    Some teachers in the Casa Grande Elementary School District in Arizona are working together as part of the county's Next Generation STEM Leaders program to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. "Rather than teaching a concept in a vacuum, I now create authentic, problem-based lessons where the students apply the knowledge rather than just memorize it," said Geneva Baker, chairwoman of the science department at Casa Grande Middle School. "Science becomes the problem-generating component and language arts, math and engineering are the tools with which to solve the problem." Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.) (11/19) Email this Story
  • Online learning to expand community college classes
    Two Massachusetts community colleges will offer a computer science and programming course that combines materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, classroom teaching and Harvard University's EdX online program. The effort, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to use online learning to create more courses at two-year colleges. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/18) Email this Story
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  • University receives $100,000 grant for renewable energy tests
    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has received a $100,000 grant from the state of Tennessee to test a solar panel and an air-conditioning/heating system powered by geothermal energy, according to this article. The UTC test facility is expected to produce more energy than it uses with the geothermal and solar energy sources. The state also parceled out grants totaling $680,000 to three other educational institutions, funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority under the federal Clean Air Act. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (11/15)
  • Fund helps university researchers take innovations to market
    Science and medical researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., have a helpful mechanism in place that can take potentially marketable discoveries in the lab and develop their commercial potential. Called the Bear Cub Fund, the grant program is now teaming up with the school's Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies to help make the process even more efficient. American City Business Journals (11/19) Email this Story
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