Latest Math and science education News

3 universities, medical center get $1B to teach and research

Nov. 13, 2019 11:46 AM EST

Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday. Receiving $260 million apiece will be Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern...

Girls-only STEM academy planned in Kentucky city

Nov. 13, 2019 4:28 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Education officials in central Kentucky are planning a girls-only academy that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Fayette County Board of Education approved a job description this week for a director of the new program....

Iran awards prestigious prize to 2 US-educated scientists

Nov. 11, 2019 6:53 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday awarded a top prize in the study of science and technology to two U.S.-educated scientists. Vice President Sourena Sattari granted the Mustafa award to five scientists, three Iranians and two Turks, during a ceremony. Among the recipients was UCLA professor Ali...

Va. colleges get millions to boost computer science grads

Nov. 8, 2019 11:33 AM EST

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Several colleges and universities in Virginia will receive millions of dollars from the state to increase computer science graduate numbers as part of a deal with Amazon. Gov. Ralph Northam told The Roanoke Times on Thursday that the state will partner with 11 schools for the Tech...

Report: Teacher botched experiment, caused student injury

Nov. 6, 2019 6:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia high school teacher presenting a flashy demonstration to get her students excited about chemistry made a mistake that caused a fire to burn "out of control" and seriously injure a teenager in the front row, a school district report released Wednesday says. Malachi McFadden, 16,...

Teacher saves caged puppy from drowning in Illinois lake

Nov. 4, 2019 2:57 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A teacher who rescued a caged puppy from drowning in a cold central Illinois lake over the weekend says the dog had been "clearly abused." Bryant Fritz, who teaches middle school science at Next Generation School in Champaign, was preparing to fish Saturday when he found a black and...

American students' performance lags on Nation's Report Card

Oct. 30, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Nation's Report Card is painting a dismal picture of math and reading achievement among American fourth and eighth graders despite a few bright spots. Students in the nation's capital, which faced multiple scandals in its public school system last year, made significant gains...

Kentucky university students use GPS to track box turtles

Oct. 25, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Some students at one Kentucky university are using GPS devices to track box turtles and learn about the technology's value. Murray State University assistant wildlife biology professor Andrea Darracq says students work in the classroom to build the tracking devices and go into the field...

Iowa teacher out after Facebook post about climate activist

Oct. 11, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa high school science teacher has resigned after an investigation into a social media post that appeared to threaten Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Waterloo Community Schools spokeswoman Tara Thomas said Friday that teacher Matt Baish resigned effective Thursday. The...

Iowa teacher on leave after social media comment on Thunberg

Oct. 4, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa high school science teacher has been placed on administrative leave after he made what appeared to be a threatening social media comment about 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The Waterloo Community School District said Friday in an emailed statement that the...