Students from a Virginia high school recently prepared a meal for a local chamber of commerce event as part of a project for their Introduction to Culinary Arts class. Teacher Kathryn Kiser says the program teaches students cooking and workplace skills.
An Alabama school district is seeking to expand participation in career and technical education programs, in part by building a new facility for such programs. The facility will house a welding and automotive course as well as a new manufacturing course.
Local agencies in a Vermont county will pilot a program aimed at connecting high-school students and recent graduates with employers. Real Careers @ Rutland County is designed to eventually provide training in adventure-based recreation and tourism, construction, health care, manufacturing, plus transportation and logistics.
Students enrolled in a construction program at their California high school are putting their skills to use by building a tiny house. Students in a design career pathway program are working on pillows and curtains, while multimedia pathway students are marketing the house.
High-schoolers in a Nebraska district are celebrating National FFA Week. Some students this week drove tractors -- and even some lawnmowers -- to school as part of Drive Your Tractor, or Dirty Pickup Truck to School Day.
Students in the veterinary technician program at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Conn., practice blood draws, injections and intubations on Scooby, a synthetic dog with realistic blood pressure, muscles and organs. "We try to simulate as many real-life situations as possible so [students] have the muscle memory developed and the technique developed, so it's just putting it into practice with a live animal," instructor Amy Lawton said.
A growing number of students nationwide are enrolling in computer science courses, thanks in part to the "Computer Science for All" approach adopted in some districts. A key motivation for the expansion of such programs has been to prepare students for the workforce, including in-demand jobs in computer science fields.
Educators should allow flexibility and encourage students to take risks in order to help prepare them for careers, according to four veteran entertainment production professionals who spoke at the recent NAMM show and conference. During the event, they also shared how developing mental toughness helped them in their own careers.
Students at a California school are designing and building models of six different homes to replace the one their teacher, Anna Solano, lost last year during the state's wildfires. Solano calls it a "teachable moment" that students chose to design a project around the disaster.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu's builders may have used the fall equinox to align the structure nearly perfectly along cardinal points, according to findings published in the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture. Researchers tried out the method by marking where a rod's shadow appeared throughout the day on the fall equinox of 2016, and the shadow lined up almost perfectly in an east-west direction.