Month: December 2020

The U.S. Department of Education announced that during the last fiscal year, it has invested $578 million to support high quality STEM education for students through its discretionary and research grants. During a STEM education briefing, the Department reported strong progress in implementing the Administration’s five-year STEM education strategy, including building on more than $819 million in STEM investments during fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Slinky is one of the world’s most recognizable toys, but not everyone is aware of its Pennsylvania roots — a factory outside Altoona made the iconic toy for decades before closing down earlier this year. Now, the Slinky factory in Hollidaysburg is getting new life thanks to an acquisition by global toy company Just Play, which is also based in Pennsylvania.

Recently, the Wolf Administration announced that the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds awarded $8 million dollars in federal funding to Pennsylvania PBS to establish a statewide datacasting initiative. Through datacasting, Pennsylvania PBS and its partners, including intermediate units, school districts and educators, will be able to bridge the digital divide by using public television broadcast signals to distribute educational content to students across Pennsylvania.

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