May 17, 2021
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Districts craft multi-pronged math recovery plans
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The pandemic has taken its toll on all learning, especially in math, according to experts interviewed in this article. Officials with Tucson, Ariz.-area school districts say they are hopeful that a three-pronged approach of summer school, targeted tutoring and remediation instruction will help students get back on track with math learning.
Full Story: KGUN-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (5/14) 
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Honors math students Kayla Anderson and Carter Gonzalez combined their love of skiing with their passion for helping others by creating a math project to make a difference. The Colorado students demonstrated everyday math skills in the fundraiser that saw them ski 90,000 vertical feet in one day, raising $10,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Full Story: KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (5/15) 
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Let's Get Kids Into STEM With Virtual Robotics
Getting students engaged in STEM is challenging, but it doesn't have to be. With CoderZ's gamified and hands-on Virtual Robotics, give kids their OWN robots - while exploring interdisciplinary STEM concepts by APPLYING them in real-world scenarios.
Gender Equity in STEM
Math became a passion when Caroline Geisler was a child and grew into an interest in STEM at an all-girls school, Geisler says in this interview. Geisler, an independent researcher in the neurobiology department at Ludwig Maximilian University, notes that her experiences in co-ed learning environments left her feeling reluctant to speak up along with a need to work harder in classes dominated by male students.
Full Story: Global Voices Online (5/16) 
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Research & Funding
Ways to adapt a STEM class to keep girls interested
Girls did much better and were more likely to continue in STEM courses when the science curriculum moved from the classroom to outdoors, according to a study in the International Journal of Science Education. Another study found that boys perform better on multiple-choice questions, while girls do better on open-ended questions, highlighting a need to adapt teaching methods to a broader way of learning.
Full Story: Edutopia (5/14) 
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A bridge designed using 3D software by architecture students at the University of Southern California is now a working pedestrian bridge, spanning 80 feet across a wooded canyon in Los Angeles. The Arroyo Bridge was remotely fabricated by a 5-axis robot and then welded onsite to reduce waste and improve efficiencies.
Full Story: Fast Company (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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Verizon executive shares efforts to expand broadband
Stuckey Kirk (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Increasing broadband connectivity across the US and reducing digital inequalities within education and communities are priorities for Rose Stuckey Kirk, head of corporate social responsibility at Verizon. In this interview, Stuckey Kirk explains how one company program is helping schools and discusses the launch of a K-12 learning platform.
Full Story: Bloomberg (5/16) 
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Meet Jori Houck, ACTE's newest public policy team member
Jori Houck writes to introduce herself as ACTE's new media relations and advocacy associate. Read more.
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House Appropriations Committee hosts Cardona for FY22 education budget hearing
On May 5, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testified at a US House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing focused on the Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. Read more.
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