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CEO of Girls Who Code Talks Role Models and “The Imitation Game”

"Keira Knightley is going to be a great role model for young women who are wanting to...pursue STEM careers," Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, told USNews. She was referencing the actress’ role in “The Imitation Game,” a movie about Alan Turing’s attempts to break a Nazi code that would help the Allies win World War II.

Competition Finalist Challenges Drowsiness on the Road

Katherine Wu, a finalist in the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientists Challenge has a mission that’s a bit bewildering given her age: combat drowsy driving. According to the Huffington Post, the 14 year old invented a tiny computer worn on a bluetooth headset that tracks changes in drivers' bodies via EEG and sends audio-visual alerts if drowsiness is detected.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Tests their Work

On January 6th, a spacecraft called Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying experiments set up by students, according to the NASA website.

PA Elementary School Uses Tech to Reimagine Classwork

The Belmont Hills Elementary School has enlisted Apple iPads to help and inspire students with everything from spelling to guided reading, according to the Education Week article “What Good Technology Use Looks Like in the Early Years.” The school believes that these devices are key to sparking collaborative spirit in students, jumpstarting their commun

West Virginia Joins the Cutting Edge in Science Ed

On December 10th, West Virginia joined the ranks as the thirteenth state to
accept the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a federal 
program designed to standardize student literacy and interest in science 
across the United States. School board Administrators in 26 states 
collaborated with 41 writers to develop the new standards. Among 
other states that have accepted the NGSS are California, Kentucky, 

Exploring Food Energy with Help from the Pilgrims

Leslie Reinherz, a teacher at Canton High School, had a big question: How does human food intake and output fit into the larger framework of our ecosystem? She set about exploring that question near the site of America’s first settlers, Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth Mass. Contrasting modern day Thanksgiving food staples with the feast of the first Thanksgiving, Reinherz fits this important question into the framework of a familiar and beloved American tradition.

Teen's Tech Discovery Takes Aim at HIV

Supercomputers are the newest weapon against HIV, a disease that has claimed more than six million lives.

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