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School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education

Low-income schools are less likely than higher income schools to offer computer science (CS) classes. In all schools where computer science courses are part of the curriculum, there is no standardized set of learning standards. And most of the time CS classes are categorized as electives with a vocational slant. These results and others surfaced in a survey administered by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a membership organization that promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines.

No Waffling on the Numbers

If you love waffles as much as we at Bedtime Math do, then you’ll love discovering how much math a waffle has to offer. In this video we show three games that you can play on your waffles. They’ll help you build speed with your math facts as well as your spatial skills. All you need is an appetite for waffles and for numbers.

 

Learn more at Science Friday.

Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves

When I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to run the Wikimedia Foundation, the first thing that struck me was the eerie absence of women. I'd spent most of my working life at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where we used to joke that women took power when the men went off to war in 1939, and afterward refused to give it back. At the CBC, easily half my colleagues, regardless of their gender, were overt, confident, unashamed feminists.

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ProjectCSGirls Competition for Middle School Girls

The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls. We're looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way. You must register before you begin working on your project. After you register, you will receive an email from us within a few weeks asking if you would like to request a mentor.

SMART Competition

The Competition promotes sustainable design, renewable technology, energy efficiency and the smart grid.

 

Learn what attributes make up ideal candidates for temporary science and medical positions

Although the economy is recovering, there is still a bit of uneasiness as we enter 2015. Because of this, companies are relying heavily on temporary employees (temp staffing revenue is up significantly, year-over-year). Two industries leading the charge are science and medical. Both industries are ripe with innovation and technology, which often calls for short-term specialty talent.

Learn more at adeccousa.com.

ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls

The ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls challenges participants (grades 6-8) to build something using computer science and technology to solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes – global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Registration deadline is February 15, 2015. To request a mentor, register by February 1, 2015.

White House Announces Tuition-Free Community College & Tech Training

Last Friday, President Obama unveiled a proposal to offer tuition-free community college to responsible students across America, called "America's College Promise," at Pellissippi Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Obama's proposal would make two years of community college free for students. He argues that the effort would provide students with workforce skills and a free start in obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Campus Kitchen Launch Grant

Apply before February 1 for the Campus Kitchen Launch Grant to be awarded funds to assist with planning for and implementing a Campus Kitchen with the Campus Kitchens Project. The project aims to engage student leaders to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger. Schools which demonstrate hunger and food insecurity issues in the surrounding community will be awarded $5000 in order to start a Campus Kitchen chapter and address the root problem.

California Districts To Pilot Next Gen Science Standards Professional Development

A recent article in The Journal outlined, while districts are ramping up to prepare for online assessments based around the Common Core State Standards, some are also preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards. Eight school districts and two charter school organizations in California are participating in an early implementation initiative to begin development of a learning community for K-8.

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