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Apollo 11 moon landing had thousands working behind scenes

Jul. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked...

School district looking into stipends for math teachers

Jul. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district is studying whether it can offer stipends to math teachers to make the job more attractive. Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant says math teachers in grades 7 to 12 are the hardest to retain because they can...

New Mexico launches STEM challenge for high school students

Jul. 12, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is asking its high school students to take up the gauntlet as part of a statewide academic challenge that aims to answer one question: How will you use science and technology to help with national security? Los Alamos National Laboratory came up with the question and...

Utah State professor to be honored with White House award

Jul. 12, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah State University professor who studies factors that can hinder diverse students in engineering education is being honored by the White House. Assistant Professor Idalis Villanueva will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which honors junior...

New measles case confirmed in Los Angeles County

Jul. 10, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health authorities have confirmed a new case of measles that may have exposed others this month at a food court on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says the exposure could have occurred July 2 and 3 at the Court of...

Auburn offering degrees in engineering, German

Jul. 6, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University has a new dual-degree program for students interested in both engineering and the German language. A statement from the school says the new program has students taking four years of classes in Auburn and one year in Germany, where they'll study at a partner school and...

Jury awards nearly $60 million to ex-student burned in class

Jul. 1, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former high school student disfigured by a chemistry experiment was awarded nearly $60 million Monday by a jury that had heard him testify that the fireball left him in unbearable pain and feeling like he was "hopelessly burning alive." The Manhattan jury capped a month-long trial with a...

Clemson student wins Miss South Carolina on first try

Jun. 30, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Clemson University student who is promoting science, technology, engineering and math education has won the Miss South Carolina competition. Morgan Nichols, as 22-year-old Lexington native competing as Miss Clemson, was crowned Saturday night in Columbia. She wins a $60,000...

Florida governor signs bill to promote career training

Jun. 24, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida schools will help students plan for careers even if they don't want to seek a four-year college degree under an education bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis signed the bill Monday at the Space Florida offices in Merritt Island. Besides promoting career...

Former student burned in class experiment recounts horror

Jun. 19, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former high school student severely burned when a chemistry class experiment went horrifically wrong testified at a civil trial that he remembered feeling the fire eat away at his skin. Alonzo Yanes, now 21, took the stand Tuesday in his family's civil case against New York City and his...