The New York Academy of Sciences announced the Global Stem Alliance (GSA) STEM Education framework. It describes 26 facets of STEM learning in 3 key areas: core competencies, instruction design,and implementation.
Discovery Education and Robomatter, Inc are two of the first organizations to receive certification under the new framework.
The article from The Villager describes a robotics club Ralph Moody Elementary School.The nine-week club provides kids an opportunity to learn new ways to think and design.
The club is part of the Project Lead the Way and was funded, in part, by Groove Automotive and Waste Connections.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the adoption of statewide computer science standards. The state intends each year’s standards to build on the prior year’s. Example outcomes are understanding differences between different computing machines (e.g., desktop PC vs. tablet) by 2nd grade and understanding what variables impact computer speed networks by 12th grade.
The University of Mississippi, flagship school for the state, recently announced the creation of an undergraduate biomedical degree program. The program will begin in Fall 2017.
Biomolecular engineering combines molecular biology, biophysical chemistry, and chemical engineering. It is also an area that many prospective students inquire about when visiting the engineering department.