STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


New Tool from Carnegie Mellon Simplifies Design of Robots

A small team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a tool that allows newbies and experts to design customized robots that can use 3D-printed parts and off-the-shelf actuators.

New Department of Ed IDEA Site Live and Generating Heat

Feedback is trickling in on the U.S. Department of Education's new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since February, the site has been undergoing a redesign, based at least in part on comments from 130 people who provided feedback during the design process. The new site went live June 1.

Fayetteville State to Push STEM in New Flipped Program

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has received a million-dollar grant to draw more students to STEM subjects and improve the education they receive.

24 Higher Ed Institutions Awarded $1 Million Each to Promote Inclusive STEM

A nonprofit medical research organization and longtime supporter of science education in the United States recently chose 24 colleges and universities in the first round of a diversity-focused initiative. Participants have each received $1 million to work toward increasing institutional capacity for inclusion by engaging all science students — especially undergraduates from nontraditional pathways.

Apple Swift Draws Support from Robotics, Drone Makers

Lego Education said it would be pairing Mindstorms Education EV3 with the Swift Playgrounds learning platform to allow students to program their Lego Mindstorms robots and other creations with motors and sensors.



Report: Rethinking Developmental Math in Texas CCs

An experiment to remap developmental math in four Texas community colleges resulted in a higher pass rate and a larger number of developmental math credits earned by the students who participated. The preliminary results suggested "potential benefits" of the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways (DCMP) approach, which was formerly known as the New Mathways Project.

Shippensburg University Professor Named National Science Teachers Association President-Elect

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, recently appointed Dr. Christine Anne Royce as the president-elect for the organization.

IBM Community College Partnerships Support Next-Gen IT Training

IBM is partnering with community colleges across the United States to help prepare students for "New Collar" career opportunities, defined as well-paying jobs in which "in-demand technology skills are valued more than credentials, and a traditional four-year college degree may not always be required."

Community Colleges Announce Plans for Apple Swift Courses

Ohio's Columbus State Community College, Texas' Houston Community College and Arizona's Mesa Community College are the first institutions to introduce the use of Apple Swift curriculum into their academic programs.

GE Donates 3D Printers to Hundreds of Schools, Colleges

More than 400 schools and eight higher education institutions across the United States will receive free 3D printers, metal printing machines and other supplies retailed at hundreds of thousands of dollars. GE is donating the supplies to help students build skills in computer-aided design and additive manufacturing.

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