The Chimborazo Elementary School in Richmond, Va., shares its name with a mountain in Ecuador, which was the catalyst for the school's pen pal program that taps Google Translate to communicate with students in Riobamba, Ecuador. Recently, the Chimborazo students went to Ecuador to visit their mountain namesake and personally deliver letters to their pen pals.
The startup ObjectiveEd aims to create digital solutions for K-12 students with visual impairment. The company is working with schools for the blind to build educational games that can be played by both the vision-impaired and their peers, using features such as Apple's VoiceOver rotor.
Aldine Independent School District in Houston has partnered with Microsoft on a program that tests internet-of-things-enabled school safety measures such as sensors and smart lighting. The pilot has mapped out school layouts for first responders, and the next phase is to use IoT sensors to track mechanical functions in the school.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is getting serious about state cybersecurity. At a ceremony this week opening the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, Edwards announced plans for the new Cyber Center Hub of North Louisiana, a collaboration among the state, Cybint Solutions and several higher education institutions.
DonorsChoose is launching an initiative called #ISeeMe that promotes the use of educational materials representing different cultures, such as books by writers of color and other texts on diverse figures. Google has promised to match $4 million in donations.
Engineering students at Lakota East High School in Cincinnati, in conjunction with Butler Tech, created a prosthetic hand for a local 5-year-old girl who has symbrachydactyly. The students worked with Kinetic Vision to do 3D geometric scans of both her hands to create the prosthesis.