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December 6, 2012
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  • Science, math learning featured in after-school robotics club
    The after-school South Tampa Community Robotics Club in Florida typically serves students who are interested in Legos, and teaches them basic skills in robotics, programming and engineering. Students in the club learn to work in teams and spend a few weeks on one project before moving onto other challenges. "The most important thing is kids have a lot of creativity and if you don't get them interested in science and math at an early age, it's really hard to get them interested in it later on," instructor Bill Shaw said. (Tampa, Fla.) (12/5) Email this Story
  • Report: Educators need more training to close the technology gap
    Educators need more training -- through teacher-preparation programs and professional development -- about how best to use technology to teach in the classroom and to analyze student data, according to a report released Monday by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The report highlights the technology gap among teachers and other school officials, and offers several recommendations about how it should be narrowed. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/4)
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  • IBM encourages middle-school girls to study STEM
    Women professionals from IBM recently spent an afternoon with students at Mildred E. Strang Middle School in New York, meeting with girls to talk about career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. "This workshop is a great opportunity for girls to work closely with the women from IBM and to learn more about what is available to them in the field of technology," science teacher Megan Kalogris said. "It is such a positive experience for everyone involved and is also a lot of fun." (12/5)
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  • Big Data drives the new hunt for data scientists
    Companies such as Unilever, General Mills and others are competing with high-tech firms in adding Big Data talent to their rosters. Unilever is looking to add to its skin-products line a small team led by a data scientist. General Mills is on the hunt for someone to lead Global Consumer Insights, and Electronic Arts and Sony are bolstering their game divisions with data scientists. The high demand, however, has led to a dearth of talent. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (12/3)
  • Why America's manufacturing jobs are coming home
    Companies such as General Electric are pivoting away from offshore manufacturing and toward a revival of U.S. factories, Charles Fishman writes. Cheap Chinese labor hasn't delivered the broader economic advantages some firms had sought, and local manufacturing can allow companies to operate more nimbly and with increased quality control. "Jobs are coming back not for a single, simple reason, but for many intertwined reasons -- which means they won’t slip away again when one element of the business, or the economy, changes," Fishman argues. The Atlantic (12/2012)
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