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The Plug

Iris Crawford

25 July 2020

United States

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Pandemic-induced uncertainty for schools, and their students, is creating wider learning gaps, especially for Black and Latino students. Two nonprofits, The Hidden Genius Project and INTech Camp for Girls, both of whi...

The Hechinger Report

Gail Robinson

10 May 2020

New York, United States

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Students in the Mineola school district had a head start when schools around the country switched to online classes as a result of the coronavirus? Since 2017, students as young as kindergarteners have been learning t...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Chelsea Hofmann

7 November 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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An elementary school program is teaching students about renewable energy in action. By working with the startup Zero Mass Water, educators can share lessons from the company’s hydropanels, which use solar energy to ca...

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Erick Trickey

12 September 2019

Newburgh, New York, United States

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Now in 10 states and 17 countries, the P-TECH program combines high school with internships and free community college classes. In low-income neighborhoods in Newburgh, New York, P-TECH has helped increase earning and...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

7 August 2019

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

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In 2016, a proposal for a new innovation school which would incorporate elements of private and charter schools into a public school in Somerville, Massachusetts won a $10 million XQ grant, funding awarded to promisin...

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Monica Humphries

18 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A New York organization called Brooklyn Boatworks conducts an after school program for students across NYC to learn STEM skills through the construction of a boat. The teaching model is built to support students who d...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

2 May 2019

Pflugerville, Texas, United States

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Hands-on experience can improve learning outcomes. By using the Geometry in Construction curriculum, developed by Contextual Learning Concepts, schools across the US are not only teaching kids geometry, they are also ...

The Colorado Sun

Christopher Osher

30 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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At St. Vrain, a public school in Boulder County, Colorado's district, students work on projects for IBM and about 100 other industry partners, sometimes earning money and college credits in the process. Educators from...

FastCompany

Harry McCracken

19 March 2019

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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JamieSue Goodman, an employee at Google, was part of the team that developed an Applied Digital Skills curriculum that teaches students how to use technology to accomplish real-world tasks. Available for educators wor...

Yes! Magazine

Tim Lydon

28 February 2019

Dripping Springs, Texas, United States

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Light pollution threatens access to nature and its views of the stars, but it also negatively impacts health by disrupting sleep and human circadian rhythm. The International Dark-Sky Association has been working for ...

Next City

Audrey F. Henderson

22 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Art inspires innovation. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the annual Black Creativity festival focuses both on championing the voices of African-American artists, innovators, and community leaders, an...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

20 February 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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School districts can help students qualify for high-tech careers, regardless of their zip code, through investments in networking and mentoring. Coded by Kids was founded in Philadelphia in 2014 to teach underprivileg...

The Guardian

Amy Walker

11 February 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The Access Project in London recruits volunteer tutors in science, math, and technology fields to help young women build confidence in their STEM courses. The project also works to spread educational resources and tut...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

30 January 2019

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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An organization in New Jersey called Hopeworks combines trauma-informed practices with career and life-readiness skill-learning. Teens who enter the program are equipped with a team of mentors (academic and life) to h...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

3 December 2018

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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In collaboration with Notre Dame University, graduates of madrasas in India are receiving additional education about Islam’s role in scientific development as well as a grounding in current scientific thought. In this...

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Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2018

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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A specialized digital tablet allows blind students to draw, erase, and learn in a new, tactile way, creating opportunities for students to more effectively master complex math, engineering, and architectural concepts....

Pacific Standard

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, United States

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The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program is working to provide full scholarships, a strong STEM background, and most importantly, a sense of community, to the majority Alaska-Native group of students in the p...

The Hechinger Report

Lillian Mongeau

19 November 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Middle and high school students of Alaska Native descent enrolled in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage outperform most of their peers in the rest of the country o...

Christian Science Monitor

Elena Weissmann

9 November 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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At a Boston high school, a targeted approach to attract a diverse student body to computer science courses is showing signs of success. By implementing a "computer science-heavy curriculum," and applying the technolog...

The New York Times

Abby Ellin

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Founded in 2011, the Brooklyn-based P-Tech school allows high school students to earn a secondary and associate's degree upon graduation. Born out of a partnership with the New York City Department of Education, New Y...

The New York Times

Melina Delkic

1 November 2018

Queens, New York, United States

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The "maker" movement is a growing trend in education that allows students to learn in a creative, hands-on, project-based way that develops an idea in real time using tools and technology. The annual Maker Faire in Qu...

The Atlantic

Kristina Rizga

2 October 2018

Oklahoma, United States

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Over the course of her tenure, a third generation Oklahoma teacher transformed the way students at her school engage with STEM education, opening the door for rural white and American Indian students to join the natio...

WYSO

Jason Reynolds

4 September 2018

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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A low-cost summer program in Dayton, Ohio run by Ohio University and business partners is introducing students to the 21st century high-tech manufacturing industry. The camp is working to dispel the notion that manufa...

Durango Herald

Danika Worthington

13 August 2018

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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With a shortage of women pursuing careers within the sciences, a program based out of University of Colorado, Boulder is looking to tip the scales. Implemented by two female graduate students, Girls of Rock is open to...

Daily Emerald

Becky Hoag

20 May 2018

Oregon, United States

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Since 2010, the University of Oregon Science Literacy Program has provided professors and graduate students with ideas about effective and engaging active learning teaching models in order to improve science literacy ...

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