You are here

What's New

Davis teachers learn to use robots in daily lessons

Sharon McCorkell watches her robot trace a blue-painted circle, following closely but never straying from its route. When it finishes the task, she raises her hands in jubilation. That great feeling of a job well done is what she wants to cultivate in her science students at King High School. So she and fellow King High teacher Cathy Haskell learned how to integrate robotics into their classroom instruction at a recent 60-hour training program held at the Yolo County Office of Education.

Facebook Hosts First Hackathon For Female Veterans

There are dozens of hackathons in Silicon Valley every month, but on Monday Facebook hosted one with a twist. Rather than the college-aged brogrammers that usually dominate the coding marathons, female veterans were the only participants at the first Women Vets in Tech event.


Howard to Harvard: An Inside Look at Mentoring in STEM Education

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, the first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School (HMS) launched the Minority Faculty Development Program (MFDP) to increase diversity among the HMS faculty. An initial strategy of MFDP was to create a K-12 pipeline of Educational Outreach Programs allowing students multiple points of entry and exit. One such program is Project Success, celebrating its 21st year this summer.

Toshiba America Foundation

Applications for Grades K thru 5 grants are accepted once a year on October 1st (or first business day of October).


10 Reasons Why More Women Should Work in Software Engineering

There are few careers that offer as many opportunities, in salary and flexibility, as software engineering. Yet the percentage of women employed as engineers at tech companies is disturbingly low. This was made more transparent recently when for the first time, major tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Linkedin released their diversity numbers. Women hold just 15% – 17% of the technical roles at these organizations. These numbers are troubling, but they aren’t really unexpected, and are indicative of a wider problem across the entire computer science industry.


Joliet Girls Use STEM Principles to Build Derby Vehicle from Unused Refrigerator

For six weeks, 31 Chicago-area girls ages 13 to 18 are working in six different teams to build electric cars from old refrigerators and then race them Aug. 23 at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Read more about it at The Herald-News!


Techbridge Role Models Matter Toolkit

The Role Models Matter Online Training Toolkit will help you develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) through readings, videos, questions, and more. Role models play a vital role in getting youth excited about careers in STEM. Get prepared today!


Captain Planet Foundation Grants

The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow. All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations).

September 30th - typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st - typically for fall and winter projects


Teacher Challenge

In a world increasingly shaped by science and technology, STEM education has never been more critical. If America is to meet This of the 21st century, we must STEMtheGAP™ in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical education. Who better to turn to for new ideas than you—the teachers in America’s classrooms? Share your best ideas for improving STEM education, and you have the chance to receive a $1,000 grant for your students.

Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest

Students starting in sixth grade at Epic charter school in Oakland, California will begin their first step on a hero’s journey. Over the course of three years, students will tackle complex quests, earn points, level up to more difficult tasks up until the time they graduate eighth grade. The school opens August 25 in the Fruitvale neighborhood, a tough part of town known for its high crime rate. It’s part of the Education For Change charter management organization, which has seven other schools in the neighborhood.