Latest Math and science education News

Winding paths to teaching for paralegal, logger, actress

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 AM EST

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — Lindsay Weaver used to work as a paralegal. Now she lays down the law of language for her Danville Middle School students. Alyssa Pittenger was in fashion management and visual merchandising for the Nordstrom department store in King of Prussia then in Rockville, Maryland. That was...

New cafe and enrichment center offers fuel for growing minds

Jan. 11, 2020 10:43 AM EST

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) — In Kit Wong’s math class, there are no desks or chairs. No paper and pencils. No calculators. There’s just an open room, a dry-erase board and you. And that’s not the only way its different. If you’re hungry after class, you can just walk into the room next...

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON SATURDAY, JAN. 11, AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, photo, Pete and Pat Sammataro help their 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix, Louie, who was born without his two front legs, with his cart that was designed by UW-Madison engineering students, in the front yard of their home in Madison, Wis. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

UW-Madison engineers make walking easier for 2-legged dog

Jan. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The client: A furry, 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix with a hankering for hot dogs and little ability to communicate beyond a bark. The assignment for a group of UW-Madison students: Find a way for this two-legged dog to walk more easily. An introductory engineering design course...

MIT warns foreign students of possible visits from ICE

Jan. 10, 2020 1:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is warning international students that federal immigration officials may visit their work sites to verify that their employment is directly related to their studies. School officials sent a memo to faculty on Thursday saying the Department of Homeland...

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, photo, students from New Harmony High School work on a restoration project at the Sankofa Wetland Park and Nature Trail in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in New Orleans. This new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Jan. 6, 2020 4:53 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students,...

Ex-teacher charged with taking up-skirt photos of students

Jan. 3, 2020 11:24 AM EST

OTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A former high school teacher has been charged with secretly taking indecent photos of three students and posting them online. Francis Reppert, 26, of Quakertown, was arraigned Thursday on charges of indecent exposure and invasion of privacy. He was released on $500,000 unsecured bail....

Foundation: Damage to historic copter hit by car exceeds $6M

Jan. 3, 2020 8:25 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina aviation foundation is trying to raise money to repair a historic Vietnam War-era attack helicopter after the State Highway Patrol accused a man of crashing into it while driving drunk. The man behind the wheel was arrested for driving under the influence, a Highway...

In this Dec. 11, 2019 photo Bill Donahue, a retired teacher and director of laboratories at St. John's College, uses an armillary sphere to track planetary rotations and explore the history of astronomy in Santa Fe, N.M. The unique precision-steel replica of an instrument created by Danish astonomer Tycho Brahe was commissioned by graduates of the college where students trace the evolution of math and science from early civilizations. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New device in New Mexico turns back clock on astronomy

Dec. 31, 2019 5:43 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A newly forged steel instrument that can pinpoint the path of stars and planets across the night sky using the naked eye is a throwback to the years just before the advent of telescopes, returning stargazers in the hills of northern New Mexico to the essentials of astronomy in the...

New 'Breaking Bad' store to cater to fans of the AMC series

Dec. 31, 2019 2:57 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A store will be opening in Albuquerque that will cater to fans of the AMC-TV hit series "Breaking Bad." A co-owner of The Breaking Bad Store ABQ says local artists have been commissioned to create unique items inspired by the long-running series and its cast of characters. Edward...

This Dec. 3, 2019, photo, ecologist Nalini Nadkarni is shown in her lab on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City holding a Barbie created to look like her when she's climbing into the treetops to study the rainforest canopy. Nadkarni's childhood climbing trees shaped her career and now she's hoping she can get help kids interested in science in an new way: Barbies. Nadkarni has long created her own

Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists

Dec. 30, 2019 2:04 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book. That time in the treetops set the tone for the rest of her life: She’s now a forest...