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Developing Citizen Science Projects to Help People Learn

A draft report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines citizen science, the concept that non-scientists can perform research that pushes scientific knowledge ahead. In the process, participants can learn scientific practices and content, but "only if the projects are designed to support learning."

Database Provides Accurate Accounting of School Shootings

The project is conducted as part of the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security program at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The goal is to serve as a single source for "objective and accessible data from which school administrators, law enforcement and public officials can draw to inform their decisions," according to a report on the project.

Free Online Math Competition Awarding $100k for Juniors, Seniors Opens for Registration

By participating, students get a feel for what it's like to work on a team tackling a real-world problem under time and resource constraints — similar to the experiences of professional mathematicians working in industry. The goal is to make math "relatable" and show its importance and value in addressing complex issues.

Free Online Music Program Adds New Instruments and Voice Composition

An update to a free online music production program includes new virtual instruments and allows users to compose with their voices. Amped Studio 2.0 lets the user record and play both audio and MIDI content simultaneously on the same track, while also adding as many other instruments and effects as he or she wants.

Research: Apple, Samsung Reign in Shrinking Tablet Market

While Apple still dominates the tablet market, sales of all such devices have fallen worldwide, according to market data from International Data Corp.

ED Pumps $279 Million into STEM Programs

The U.S. Department of Education is renewing its commitment to STEM education through dedicating $279 million to fund programs.

Developing a Consistent Approach to Computational Thinking Opportunities

Researchers at Digital Promise are developing a project to track the progress of computational thinking skills across the K–12 school spectrum through student feedback and teacher integration.

Exploration Theme for 2019 TCEA Ed Tech Conference

This annual education tech event draws attendees to tracks on 1-to-1, leadership, library media, online and blended learning, PD, special populations and more.

STEM Contest to Award $20,000 in Drone Gear

PCS Edventures is hosting a STEM-focused video contest that will award nearly $20,000 in drone gear to five students and their schools.

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