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Google Expands Howard West to Train More Black Coders

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 09:18

Howard University and Google with expand their Howard West academic partnership to cover the full academic year beginning fall 2018, boosting the three-month pilot program that occurred last summer at Google's Silicon Valley headquarters.

Engineering School Attempts to Overcome 'memory Wall'

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:04

The University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science has received $27.5 million to launch the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage and Processing in Memory.

Computer Science Professor Leads Multi-Disciplined Approach to Collaboration

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:04

Researchers have developed a model for experiential and community-engaged learning that they have used to immerse their students in computational thinking.

Mechanics Will Soon Need a Degree in Computer Science to Work On Your Car

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:04

Training for automotive mechanics is in the middle of a revolution as cars become more computerized. The good ol' days of being a gear head are over.

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 16:30

Ten years ago, a chunk of animated cheese in Pixar's "Ratatouille" captured the imagination of cell biologist Janet Iwasa. So much so that it changed the way she teaches how deadly viruses work.

Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:04

The Governors' Partnership for K-12 Computer Science has added eight new members, bringing the total number of participants to 16 U.S. governors.

Benefits of a Master’s Degree in Computer Science

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:34

 If you have the means, consider pursuing a master's degree in computer science. A master's degree will open many doors for you.

When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:00

The Chinese government wants to cultivate programming skills in children, but parents are reluctant to encourage it.

Want a More Diverse Workforce? Hire Bootcamp Graduates

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:09

Coding bootcamps are producing more than double the number of graduates as the U.S.'s largest traditional CS programs, and those graduates are far more diverse.

J-Pal North America Launches Education Technology Innovation Competition

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:09

The Education, Technology, and Opportunity Competition aims to help U.S. education leaders identify technology-based solutions to key challenges in education.

The Dangers of Keeping Women Out of Tech

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:30

Maria Klawe has done what tech has not. For the past 11 years, she has served as the president of Harvey Mudd College­, where the number of women in its computer science program has grown from 10 percent to 40 percent.

Harvard Student Helps Crack Mystery of Inca Code

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 13:11

It's a mystery that has left many scholars flummoxed.

Beyond folk pedagogy

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 02:50

Evidence-based teaching

Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:22

Developers are planning to focus on languages created and popularized by Silicon Valley technology companies, according to HackerRank's 2018 Developer Skills Report.

Students Use Sandbox to Demonstrate Gravity

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:22

Gravbox is a new augmented reality sandbox developed to help explain how gravity affects objects when they travel through a certain environment.

Don't Let HR Say You Can't Afford a Head of AI

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:32

Companies need to start breaking bank to win over artificial intelligence experts from the tech giants—but it's worth it.

State Schools to Make Computer Science a Core Subject

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:13

State education leaders in Massachusetts are planning to make computer science a core course for high school students, making completion of the class a requirement to graduate and for college admission, as part of an effort to meet industry demands.

AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:40

Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines even harder to make them better at amassing knowledge and answering questions.

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse for 'Brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 10:28

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat.

The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 09:32

The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in six years, mainly due to a slump in post-secondary education efficiency, which includes the share of new science and engineering graduates in the labor force.