It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
NASA In the spirit of boosting citizen science projects, we’re pointing to the increasing number of opportunities for volunteers — those with no formal scientific training — to encourage participation in real scientific research. These projects happen both on- and offline and volunteers are asked to assist with making observations and calculations alongside scientists. (Remember […]
SpaceLab YouTube and NASA are challenging students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. Students from 14 to 18 years old can upload videos of their experiments onto YouTube’s Space Lab website. A panel of scientists, astronauts, and educators, including Stephen Hawking, will judge the entries, and the two winning experiments […]
Teddy bears in space, via Mirror UK With the end of the U.S. Space Shuttle program this summer, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of manned space exploration. As the name “shuttle” would suggest, the Space Shuttle program was supposed to mark the beginning of space missions that were more regular and […]
By Sara Bernard Scientists have figured out a way to leverage student enthusiasm in the sciences: conduct research that can be used for data collection. So when ornithologists at Cornell University study breeding and nesting behavior, when NASA researchers need an extra few thousand pairs of eyes on a telescope, and when biologists and gardeners […]