Month: January 2019

In Baltimore, Md., long considered the capital of dirt bike culture, the sport endures. Brittany Young, an elementary school technology instructor and former chemical engineer, is tapping into that love as a platform for something bigger. Through her grant-funded B-360 program, Young is using bike culture to introduce more black children to STEM. At the same time, she hopes to decrease street riding in Baltimore and to challenge the negative perception of this popular hobby. “People think that an engineer looks a certain way, and then people think a dirt bike rider is a certain type of person,” said Young, noting that black people are underrepresented in STEM fields. According to a 2018 report by the Pew Research Center, black people account for 11 percent of the U.S. workforce overall but represent only seven percent of STEM workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Jaeza Robertson, 17, of Oak Park High School and her Oak Park High School’s robotics team are building a robot that will be a part of the department’s crisis negotiations team. In fact, once fully operational, it will be used in hostage situations to get necessary items to those requesting them without putting members of the force directly in harms way. Something like this doesn’t come cheap. “We’re working on mounting an arm to open doors and things like that,” Jaeza said. Major Erik Holland with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office said a robot of this caliber would typically cost in the six figures. But with the help of Jaeza and her robotics team, the price tag is right about $5,000.

Last month, the Girl Scouts filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts for allegedly infringing on its trademark, sowing confusion and creating unfair competition. The battle between the youth programs echoes a divide that has been playing out across many arenas of American life amid the #MeToo movement, raising fresh questions about what it means to be male or female these days.

Arne Duncan – The biggest lie is this idea around guns and violence and kids. You never find anyone who says, “We don’t value our kids. We don’t care about them.” But I don’t listen to words. I look at actions. And the truth is, we’ve raised a generation of kids on mass shootings and gun violence. During my seven and a half years running Chicago Public Schools, we had a kid killed every two weeks on average, due to gun violence, which is a staggering rate of loss. Then Sandy Hook happens. This just doesn’t happen in other countries. You know, England, Canada, Australia have basically solved this. We don’t lack the intellect. We lack the political will. We lack the courage.

Serving some 1.7 million young people nationwide, 21st CCLC programming ranges from small, school-based centers to large, multi-site programs that leverage public and private funding. The programs operate in remote rural areas where they are literally the only program for miles around, to programs located in our largest cities, to many mid-size communities in between. Altogether, children in thousands of communities are benefitting from participation in 21st CCLC programs.

Comparing the 2013 STEM education plan with the 2018 plan — the new STEM education strategy has a strong focus on workforce preparation and employability. Additionally, the plan includes a strong emphasis on the role of STEM ecosystems, as well as industry and corporate partners to increase STEM education opportunities in communities across the United States. The plan is also noticeably shorter, opting for an approach that focuses more on setting guiding principles and objectives for the federal government regarding STEM than specific pathways and directives for agencies to implement. This broad approach still provides an opportunity for the afterschool and summer field to draw connections to the goals of the new plan and show how afterschool and summer programs can fit into the efforts during the coming years for STEM education.

When I think about the people who have made the biggest difference in my life, Susan Bauer tops the list. Mrs. Bauer taught math at the girls’ school I attended in Dallas in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and she forged the path that led me to my career in technology—and my life as I know it.

For 10 years, Remake Learning has worked to ignite engaging, relevant and equitable learning opportunities for every student — opportunities that leverage technology, art and the learning sciences to upend the factory model paradigm. We believe that to truly prepare learners for the future, we need to equip them not only with deep content knowledge and high-tech tools, but also the skills and creativity to adapt to and thrive amid dramatic advances in technology.

“$100 to $200 a day to incarcerate someone? It’s going to cost the American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to incarcerate my brother, only to put him back out and do the same thing over and over again because he’s still not getting treatment. There has got to be a better way to spend $1,000 on him upfront to get him treatment for his anxiety. If we spent $50 upfront to get him into an afterschool program where he could learn some resilience. There are so many places where we missed to intervene that ultimately turns into millions of dollars this country is spending on trying to punish a chronic disease,” stated Jerome Adams, United States Surgeon General.

At just six years old, Bella was one of ASAP’s youngest participants at the 2018 Philly Girls Play Chess summer camp. Although she had less experience than the older campers, Bella’s determination, desire and passion to play was unrivaled. In fact, she was only in kindergarten when she asked her father if she could play in her first chess tournament. Bella was competing in her first ASAP Chess event in January 2018 at the Annual ASAP-PECO Checkmate Violence tournament. It is one of the largest competitions of the year with more than 250 students. Following Checkmate Violence, Bella went on to compete in over five tournaments leading up to the girl’s camp. By the time summer rolled around, she was ready to take on new challengers and learn new skills. Little did she know, at the mere age of six, Bella would be embraced by a community of strong, female chess players of all ages at various levels of play, united by their passion for the game.

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