STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


U.S. College Seniors Beat Peers from China, India, Russia on CS Exam

Undergraduate seniors in the United States showed much higher levels of skill in computer science than their peers in China, India and Russia. A research project led by Stanford University's Prashant Loyalka in the Graduate School of Education made the discovery after testing students on a two-hour standardized exam given in the same languages their classes were delivered in.

New Online Math Homework System Aims to Disrupt Courseware Industry

Ed tech startup Derivita today launched its new online homework system, a computer algebra tool designed to provide an affordable alternative to traditional course materials.

UC Davis to Set Up 15,000 STEM Mentoring Pairs

The University of California, Davis is hoping to connect 15,000 11-year-old girls in the state to STEM education in a new pilot.

Analysis: How Bootcamps Could Disrupt Higher Ed

The Christensen Institute has weighed in on the potential for coding and computer science bootcamps to disrupt traditional higher education. In a new report, "Betting on Bootcamps," the organization, which focuses on "disruptive innovation," has offered five scenarios for the future of these short-term, workforce-aligned training programs that emphasize professional success.

Math Field Least Expensive to Teach, Electrical Engineering the Highest

A new working paper has examined the cost of educating students in various fields. Apparently, education is more expensive to teach than just three other subjects: mechanical engineering, nursing and electrical engineering.



Florida University's Hackathon Adds Crash Courses in Tech

A Florida university's computer club added a day of crash courses to its annual hackathon.

RepRap Recyclebot Turns Plastic into 3D Filament for $700

An open source project at Michigan Technological University can turn waste plastic into high-quality 3D printing filament.

Deadline Looms for $75,000 STEM/STEAM Grant

The deadline for American Honda Foundation’s STEM grant is fast approaching. Each year, the organization awards grants of $20,000 to $75,000 for STEM and STEAM education projects, with an average of 27 grants awarded annually.

West Virginia U Gathering 'Swarm' of Undergrads for Collaborative Robotics Research

"Swarm" is the theme of a new initiative at West Virginia University, which will run a robotics research experience for undergraduates in the region. Each summer for the next three years, eight undergraduate students — mostly from Appalachia — will be selected to participate in robotics research using real-world problems.

New Udacity Nanodegree Teaches the Language of Self-Driving Cars

Udacity is launching a new Nanodegree program on the foundations of C++, the programming language used to code self-driving cars, robotics and other complex autonomous and artificial intelligence software systems.

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