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Nigel Coutts

What might our children most need from Education? - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    In these times of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA), in this Post Truth era, what do our children most need from their education? How do we best prepare them for their future?
Nigel Coutts

Girls & STEM - 6 views

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    Watching video from the Apollo space programme one can't help but notice how things have changed since those days in the early 1970s. Banks of small round rectangular screens, dot matrix printers, a myriad of switches and dials each with a specific task to perform and a design aesthetic that says functionality in mild mannered green. What is missing beside the sort of computing power we carry in our pockets today are women. In the 70s science and engineering was what men did and from a quick look at the statistics there continues to be much room for change.
Nigel Coutts

Is STEM the key? - 13 views

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    In June 2014, the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP acknowledged the significant role that STEM is to play in the nations future. 'There will be significant emphasis in boosting our focus on science, technology, engineering and maths because science is at the heart of a country's competitiveness and it is important that we do not neglect science as we look at the general educational and training schemes.' But what does this mean for schools?
Judy Robison

Bricsys Makes Engineering Software, APIs Free to Students -- Campus Technology - 6 views

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    "Bricsys has launched a global academic program, which provides free engineering software and application programming interface (API) access to students and schools."
Professional Learning Board

Video Games as Curriculum - 41 views

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    This content unit gives an overview of the use of STARLOGO software (FREE) for education from MIT. This is an awesome software and curriculum!
Marc Lijour

Danger: America Is Losing Its Edge In Innovation - CIO Central - CIO Network - Forbes - 7 views

  • Almost every adult I’ve talked with in these countries shares a belief that the path to success is paved with science and engineering.
  • scientists and engineers are celebrities in most countries
  • Already, 70% of engineers with PhD’s who graduate from U.S. universities are foreign-born. Increasingly, these talented individuals are not staying in the U.S – instead, they’re returning home, where they find greater opportunities.
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  • Saudi Arabia has a new university for science and engineering with a staggering $10 billion endowment.
  • In 2009, for the first time, over half of U.S. patents were awarded to non-U.S. companies.
  • China has replaced the U.S. as the world’s number one high-technology exporter.
  • The World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. #48 in quality of math and science education.
  • Five years ago, I was part of a commission that studied U.S. competitiveness. We issued a report called Rising Above the Gathering Storm,
  • Improve K-12 science and math education. Invest in long-term basic research. Attract and retain the best and brightest students, scientists and engineers in the U.S. and around the world. Create and sustain incentives for innovation and research investment.
  • In 2007, Congress passed the America COMPETES Act,
Jim Farmer

National Lab Day - 6 views

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    National Lab Day is a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.
Dennis Richards

'We're Going to the Moon:' Part 2 | innovation3 - 0 views

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    This morning President Obama gave what I would call his 'We're-Going-to-the-Moon' speech at the 146th Annual Meeting of National Academy of the Sciences. Earlier today I wrote a post, Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Our Children, on a comment by Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan about the need to challenge the educational status quo. After listening to President Obama's speech, I realized it was a Part 2 to my earlier post so I retitled the post 'We're-Going-to-the-Moon:' Part 1 and titled this post Part 2. Please listen to the entire speech and read the full text, but here I quote the President's comments on STEM education.
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