From Education Week
From Digital Journal:
LEGOLAND Florida’s Imagination Zone has installed a 30-killowatt solar panel array and opened a solar power exhibit featuring an interactive 6-foot LEGO Earth model. The new LEGO Earth exhibit demonstrates how solar technology works and allows visitors to manipulate the panels to understand how they generate solar electricity. The solar energy generated on the rooftop powers an interactive exhibit inside of the Imagination Zone where guests can interact with model communities made out of LEGOs.
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has introduced three new exhibits this summer, each of which offers children of all ages an opportunity to explore and interact with science. H2Oh! allows visitors to learn about fluid motion and changing the direction of water flow. The museum’s Nano exhibit explores nanoscale science, engineering, and technology and uses magnets to show what happens when certain particles are manipulated and gives visitors the opportunity to model carbon atoms. L is for Laser combines lasers, art, wordplay, language, typography and music through pieces of laser art that project patterns that react to the movement of visitors.
From Chicago Tribune:
The ACT exam, a critical requirement for getting into most colleges and given free to high school juniors, will become optional in 2015 for the first time in nearly 15 years, with districts given the choice to administer the ACT as well as job-related exams in reading and math skills. All high school students will have to take new state tests in Algebra 2 and English Language Arts in the spring. Both exams will generally be taken by juniors, but could include sophomores in advanced classes.
From The New York Times:
On June 21, President Obama announced that 60 of the nation’s largest school districts are joining his initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys, beginning in preschool and extending through high school graduation. My Brother’s Keeper, which will also address the needs of Asian-American and Native American boys, was originally announced in February. My Brother’s Keeper is a five-year, $200 million initiative that will allow partner districts to expand quality preschool access, track data on minority boys to improve intervention strategies, increase the number of boys of color who take gifted, honors, or Advanced Placement courses, and increase graduation rates.
From The New York Times:
This article examines how the University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvey Mudd have attempted to draw more women into computer science programs. The interventions have ranged from developing programs for high school teachers to teach computer science and host camps and mentoring sessions for young women, to starting formal mentoring programs for female students, to adjusting admissions criteria and revamping courses. The University of Washington and Harvey Mudd have chosen to emphasize the creative and real-world applications of computer science and frame computer science as creative problem-solving rather than hard-core programming. Carnegie Mellon, on the other hand, after conducting research into what type of computer science different genders might prefer, chose not to change its introductory courses.
From The Berkshire Eagle:
As part of a week-long seminar, “Industry, Innovation, and Inquiry: Bringing the Science of Berkshire Innovators into the Classroom,” a dozen STEM educators from high schools across Massachusetts took classes and workshops at science museums and also visited STEM-focused employers throughout the Berkshires. Teachers were challenged to create interactive museum exhibits for students based on the content they learned at the employers they visited. The seminar was presented by the statewide nonprofit Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS). MITS provides professional development for K-12 teachers and informal educators and collaborates with over 100 museums and non-profit science education organizations.