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  • $6 Million Foundation Pledge Pushes STEM in Grades 6-8

    Intel is being joined by a major semiconductor competitor in encouraging young people to pursue STEM careers. The Broadcom Foundation, founded last year and funded by Broadcom, has signed on with the Society for Science & the Public in a six-year, $6 million partnership to launch a new national middle school competition focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math.

  • California District's Solar Energy Project Targets $40 Million in Savings

    Antelope Valley Union High School District of Lancaster, CA has broken ground on a new turnkey solar energy project that provider PsomasFMG estimated will save the district more than $40 million in utility costs over the next 20 years. The 9.6 megawatt photovoltaic installation is the largest to date in any school system in California.

  • Texas School Uses Remote Desktop To Give Students Anywhere Access

    Keller Independent School District of Keller, TX is extending learning beyond the classroom. The district has adopted remote desktop software to give its students remote access to in-school software, files, and information from anywhere they use their school-issued tablet computers or any other device with Internet access.

  • Report: K-12's Role in Stepping Up Degree Attainment

    A new report warned that the United States is slipping on post-secondary degree completion compared with other nations, falling to fourth overall among adults and 10th among young adults. We will ignore the underling causes of this trend "at our peril," the report's authors said. But what can K-12 institutions do to address the problem and help reverse the trend?

  • Wisconsin Middle Schooler Named 'America's Top Young Scientist' in National Challenge

    Discovery and 3M have selected a grand prize winner in their joint 2010 National Young Scientist Challenge (YSC). Liam McCarty, an eighth-grader at Brookfield Academy in Brookfield, WI, was named America's Top Young Scientist for his idea for a wound closure system to protect deep cuts, as well as for his performance in a live science competition among YSC finalists.