Recent graduates and adult learners in a Pennsylvania school district are working to earn industry credentials through a "Tech After Hours" program. Through the program, students can earn credentials in five fields, including construction, health care and welding.
High-school students in South Dakota will be eligible to earn "endorsements" showing they have taken certain courses under a change to high-school graduation standards approved by the state's Board of Education. The specialties include an advanced career endorsement and advanced honors endorsements focused on math, science and English credits.
Twenty-six incoming eighth-grade girls in Nebraska are participating in a pilot program offering the "Eureka!" science, technology, engineering and math program from Girls Inc. During the five-year program, students take part in STEM summer camps for the first two years, work at summer internships in local businesses for another two years, and earn college credits during their final summer.
Teachers across Oklahoma are gaining real-world science, technology, engineering and math experience through paid summer externships with companies. Offered by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the programs provide teachers the opportunity to link classroom learning with workforce needs within the surrounding community.
Summer learning loss takes a greater toll on students' achievement in math and reading over time, according to an ongoing study by the Northwest Evaluation Association. The group studied the test scores of over 42,000 students from third to sixth grades and almost 40,000 students from fifth to eighth grades, and found that the summer slide causes students to make less academic progress during the school year.
San Antonio has opened the first of three career-themed public high schools as part of a push to prepare students for in-demand careers in technology and business, advanced manufacturing and health care. Industry leaders partner with schools to offer internships and help guide the curriculum.
Scott Stump, President Donald Trump's nominee for assistant secretary for career, technical and adult education, was confirmed Monday by the US Senate. Stump, an executive at learning services firm Vivayic, is expected to play a role in the consideration of updates to the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Automation and digitization technologies on job sites are helping construction companies keep tabs on tools' locations and settings, tell when they're operating and catch possible malfunctions before they happen. In addition, Komatsu America reports that users say its technology makes construction more efficient and has led to a 63% reduction in project schedules.
CRISPR gene editing can cause large DNA deletions and shuffling near the target site, and these changes could go undetected depending on the method researchers use to verify their edits, according to findings in Nature Biotechnology. Researchers should continue using CRISPR but "need to do a more thorough analysis" to ensure all changes are as they should be, says molecular biologist James Haber.
A study in the Geochemistry, Geophysics journal suggests there are 1,000 times more diamonds below the Earth's surface than previously believed. The study says there are a quadrillion tons of diamonds unreachable up to 150 miles below the surface.