From The Guardian
Aiming to investigate the impacts of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on teachers’ perceptions of their work environments and job attitudes, this recent study (Grissom 2014) analyzed data from a nationally representative Schools and Staffing Survey. The survey was given every four years from 1994 to 2008 and the data was used to create a “cross-section” of teachers’ job satisfaction. Documenting overall trends in 140,000 teachers’ attitudes across this time period, the researchers examined state accountability systems and differences in likely impacts on schools to isolate NCLB effects.
From Nassau News Live:
Michigan Science Center’s new “Stingray Cove” exhibit and IMAX movie “Journey to the South Pacific” will allow museum guests to explore the tropics and learn about sea creatures that live in and around coral reefs. The exhibit combines touch tanks and a 300 gallon freshwater tank, which give visitors the opportunity to engage with the creatures shown in the film. Both the exhibit and the film aim to provide a deeper understanding of coral reefs, where they are located, how they benefit the earth and what humans can do to help preserve them.
In “3-D Printing the Future” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa (MOSI), visitors can see various objects made with a 3-D printer, including a prosthetic knee, hearing aids, and a hand created by a father for his son born without fingers on one hand. In addition to 3-D printed medical objects, there are sections on science and technology, archaeology, musical instruments, toys, and fashion. In addition to seeing objects on display, there are also live demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for visitors to test out 3-D printing.
From Mercury News:
On June 18, the White House hosted its first Maker Faire, where President Obama met with more than 100 individuals who are using new fabrication tools and techniques to launch businesses, learn STEM skills, and reinvigorate American manufacturing. The president also announced steps the administration and its partners will take to support Americans’ access to these tools and techniques.
Google’s new initiative to teach young girls how to code, Made with Code, was launched on June 26. The website includes coding projects, stories from female technology role models and resources for parents. In addition to investing $50 million, Google conducted research into what influences women’s decision to learn how to code or earn degrees in computer science. The website was developed to target factors that affect the decision to go into computer science: social encouragement, self-perception, academic exposure and career perception.
This year’s Flame Challenge, started by actor and science proponent Alan Alda as a way to engage kids in science, asked scientists to explain “What is Color” to 11-year-olds. Hundreds submitted answers and winners were determined by 27,000 11-year-olds from 19 countries. The “What is Color” event at the 2014 World Science Festival concluded with the awarding of the winners and also featured three scientists examining color from unique angles. Video presentations of “What is Color” and other events as well as more information about the World Science Festival, an annual celebration and exploration of science, can be found here.
From Indiana University News:
As a portion of a larger, nearly $3.5 million study involving three other institutions, the U.S. Department of Education has granted the Indiana School of Education and its Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) almost $280,000 to study the impact of Math for All, a program designed to provide effective math instruction. CEEP will help to conduct a randomized controlled trial across selected Chicago schools to gauge program efficacy, comparing data on teacher knowledge and student outcomes in the Math for All schools to randomly assigned schools not using the program.