Jen Schneider, a middle-school language arts teacher in Nebraska, uses a "genius hour" to help students find the connection between academic lessons and their prospective career paths. In this commentary, she shares how this strategy is helping students explore possible careers and gain experience, including one student who learned more about photography and eventually started her own business.
Engineering teacher Brian Copes has turned a biomedical unit into a long-lasting humanitarian engineering project for students at his Alabama high school. Working with a village in Honduras, Copes and his students have repurposed automotive parts into prostheses, built utility vehicles and created solar panels for a school.
A career and technical high school in Maine will begin a cybersecurity training program in the 2019-20 academic year. Plans call for students to learn basic cybersecurity, as well as about network hardware installation and computer hardware repair and maintenance.
Scientists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California say they may have found one of the reasons great white sharks congregate in a seemingly desolate area of the Pacific Ocean in the winter and spring. They tracked the great whites to a point midway between the California coast and Hawaii and found a surprising array of marine life traveling up and down a water column, providing the sharks with plenty of dining options.
High-school business and marketing students in an Oregon district are getting a head start on their careers by working in a student-run coffee shop. Students earn school credit for working in the shop and are paid on nonschool days by First Tech Federal Credit Union, where the coffee shop is located.
Students at an Illinois high school are participating in a program that engages them in discussions about potential careers. The Goal Getters program already is being credited for improving students' grades.
Five community colleges in New York state announced a partnership to develop the Capital Community College Career Coalition. The goal is to better support workforce-development efforts with support from private-industry partners.
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission is seeking to excite high-school students about college. In a recent presentation about its GEAR UP program, students learned about scholarships and other free college options and heard from alumni of the program who received career training.
Synthetic sandalwood may help bolster hair growth, a study published in Nature Communications suggests. Olfactory receptors on the scalp stimulated a growth hormone when treated with synthetic sandalwood.
A prototype neutrino detector at CERN has discovered its first particle tracks, hinting that the full-scale Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment may succeed when it goes online in 2026 in South Dakota. Scientists at the ProtoDUNE observed muon paths left behind as protons hit Earth's atmosphere.
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