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Students Build Hovercrafts to Experience STEM Students Build Hovercrafts to Experience STEM
Some educators say children learn better by doing. That is exactly what inspired a former science and math elementary school teacher, Matthew Chase, to develop "The Hovercraft Project." He was standing in front of his fifth-grade classroom in Illinois when he flipped to page 127 of a science textbook and thought, "Man, this is so boring!" says Chase, now executive director at Chase Educational Con...
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The best grad schools 2018, from 'U.S. News & World Report' The best grad schools 2018, from 'U.S. News & World Report'
Graduate school is a great space to further bury yourself in academic books, write up thesis papers and follow a career path. But, where to go? U.S. News World & Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools Rankings is your resource for finding the #BestGradSchools to tackle your future. Advanced academic studies can help boost a career salary, build needed skills, or even change a career. “A grad...
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Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis Intel Drops Its Sponsorship of Science Fairs, Prompting an Identity Crisis
The science fair has been an annual rite of education for generations of students, going back to the 1940s. But even the term “science fair” stirs stereotypical images of three-panel display boards and baking-soda volcanoes. Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware e...
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New York Changes How It Tests for Lead in Schools’ Water, and Finds More Metal New York Changes How It Tests for Lead in Schools’ Water, and Finds More Metal
When experts said last year that New York City’s method of testing water in public schools for lead could hide dangerously high levels of the metal, officials at first dismissed the concerns. They insisted that the city’s practice of running the water for two hours the night before taking samples would not distort results. Still, the city changed its protocol, and the results from a new round o...
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Obama's Legacy on K-12 One of Bold Achievements, Fierce Blowback Obama's Legacy on K-12 One of Bold Achievements, Fierce Blowback
President Barack Obama entered the White House in 2009 amid the wreckage of the Great Recession and with education high on his list of domestic priorities. He scored some early game-changing policy victories on teacher quality, academic standards, and school turnarounds during his first term, but faced a big backlash in his second. That reaction threatened the longevity of his signature initiat...
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Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight
The confidential informant had an explosive tip for the University of Kentucky’s campus newspaper: An associate professor of entomology had been accused of groping students, and the college, after an investigation, had permitted him to leave quietly. On the trail of a hot story, the paper, The Kentucky Kernel, requested files from the university. Officials turned over some documents, but they c...
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Why some schools don't celebrate Halloween Why some schools don't celebrate Halloween
DES MOINES — In many Iowa schools, Halloween is a holiday that isn't welcome. Schools have been nixing the celebration since the '90s, according to longtime educators and Register news archives. Schools in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Johnston and other communities are opting instead for more neutral "fall parties" — without the controversy and hoopla of Halloween. It's also a policy that...
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Teenagers 'checking mobile phones in night' Teenagers 'checking mobile phones in night'
Almost half (45%) of young people are checking their mobile phones after they have gone to bed, a poll suggests. A survey of 2,750 11- to 18-year-olds found one in 10 admitted checking their mobile phones for notifications at least 10 times a night. The poll was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. The organisations warn night-time usage of mo...
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Building new schools 'must be top priority' for government Building new schools 'must be top priority' for government
Hundreds of extra schools could have to be built in England to cope with the school population bulge, say public sector buildings specialists. Official figures suggest there will be almost 730,000 more school age children by 2020 than there were last year. Scape group, which advises local authorities on new buildings, says this amounts to 24,287 more classrooms. But ministers say there is "sign...
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Brexit: LSE foreign experts 'should not advise ministers' Brexit: LSE foreign experts 'should not advise ministers'
The London School of Economics says some of its academics have been barred from advising the Foreign Office on Brexit because they are not British. The university said the leader of a project had been told only UK passport-holders should be involved in talks on national security and foreign trade. But the Foreign Office said nothing had changed following Brexit. It said it would "continue to ta...
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