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Student Team Challenge: What Legacy Would You Leave on the Moon?

For the sixth (and final) year in a row Google is running its Google Lunar XPRIZE, an online competition that challenges students ages 8 to 17 to form a team of two to four members and design, create and program robots.

College Board Tightens SAT Security But Continues Using Old U.S. Tests Overseas

The College Board, which develops and administers the SAT college entrance exam, has articulated new security measures, but has not remedied the test’s biggest vulnerability.

Circuit Cubes Announces Building Block Kits to Teach Circuit Operations

Circuit Cubes from Tenka Labs stack together to turn household items such as jars, cardboard tubes and old toys into powered objects that drive a motor, light an LED or do something else.

Latino Kindergarteners Start School 3 Months Behind in Math on Average

A recent report by research center Child Trends and its Hispanic Institute finds that Latino children’s math skills trail those of white children by three months at the start of kindergarten.

AP Exam Pass Rates Rise Even as Participation Doubles

The number of public high school students taking at least one AP exam has doubled over the last decade, from 645,000 in 2006 to 1.1 million in 2016. The pass rate (those high school students who have scored 3 or higher) has also gone up, from 14 percent in 2006 to almost 22 percent in 2016.

Americans Don't Trust Institutions to Protect Data

Nearly half of Americans (49 percent) said they feel their personal data is less secure than it has been in the past.

Anthony Johnson Brings 'Johnsonville' to Life

Great things can come from humble beginnings. Anthony Johnson, a former high school dropout, is a teacher of the year winner in his school district and the southwest region of North Carolina. He is also a finalist for state teacher of the year. At Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, NC, he has transformed his science and social studies classrooms into “Johnsonville,” a world where each student must find a job, pay the bills, pay mortgage and taxes, and learn by doing projects.

Vernier Offers Spring Workshops for STEM Teachers on Data-Collection Tools

Vernier Software & Technology will host 29 free, hands-on workshops this spring for STEM educators to learn how to implement their data-collection technology into their curriculum.

Amazon Partners with Reading Is Fundamental to Provide Books for Low-Income Children

Amazon and Reading is Fundamental (RIF), one of the nation’s largest literacy organizations, have partnered to empower Amazon customers to provide books to children who may have limited or no access to books in their homes.

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