View Comments Middle schoolers get a virtual reality STEAM lesson, dissect dinosaurs, human brains, starfish Welcome to the brave new world of teaching STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). A D V E R T I S I N G | Continue reading belowThe next task for the students is to dissect something. They can choose a starfish, human brain, dinosaur, Beluga whale, cactus or other specimens. There's no stinky formaldehyde or rubbery organs, however. The cutting is all virtual. One student selects a starfish and flips it over to examine the underside. She flips it back and uses the stylus to "slice" off the echinoderm's top and she begins exploring its insides. 'That's so cool," she says, studying the starfish's inner workings. About 250 students got a chance to use the 3D technology, Clear Creek Principal David Atherton said. zSpace specializes in virtual reality and augmented reality, which lets people experience simulated objects in virtual environments with the feeling … [Read more...] about Clear Creek students try out some high tech science
A Pratt & Whitney engineer who helped develop the company’s first-ever CMC turbine blades, a Middletown teenager who juggles hackathons with computational biology research, and a teacher working to partner scientists with educators like herself were among 13 Connecticut women honored Wednesday for their innovation and leadership.The 14th annual Connecticut Technology Council selected the winners of its Women of Innovation awards from among a group of 50 finalists on Wednesday. Nearly 700 women have been honored by the council since 2004.The winners ranges from students and mentors to scientists and chief executives.They include Margaret Steinbugler, manager of materials analysis and mechanics at Pratt & Whitney and one of three women to win the council’s Large Business Innovation and Leadership award.Steinbugler, of East Hartford, has held leadership positions at four divisions of United Technologies Corp. She helped develop a zero-emission fuel cell for buses that … [Read more...] about Meet The 13 Women Honored By Connecticut’s Tech Community
Tech & Science Amazon Facebook Google Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook are among the best places to work in the United States, according to a recent LinkedIn study. The social network for professionals released the "Top Companies: Where the U.S. Wants to Work Now” report today (March 21). 50 companies were listed from the U.S. and out of the top 10, eight were technology related. The companies are ranked based on LinkedIn user interaction. It refers to four main points: interest in the company; engagement with company emloyees; job demand; and job retention. Amazon finished first in part because of its upcoming expansion to a second headquarters. The online shopping giant employs 566,000 people worldwide and is constantly innovating with new hardware. Since the start of 2017, Amazon has been awarded more than 2,000 patents. Recommended Slideshows 26 In Pictures: The World's Most Expensive Countries to Live In 117 The 2018 World Press Photo of the Year … [Read more...] about Which Are the Best Companies to Work for in the U.S.? Tech Dominates Linkedin’s Top 50
Tech & Science The northern white rhinoceros has a long road back from the brink of extinction, but not all hope is lost for this subspecies. There are methods scientists could potentially use to save the mammal. Kenya-based Ol Pejeta Conservancy announced that the last male northern white rhino, 45-year-old Sudan, died on Monday. The veterinarians who were treating him euthanized him because he “was suffering a great deal” from issues with his bones, muscles and skin related to his age. There are now only two northern white rhinos left alive, and they are both females: Sudan’s daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, who are living at Ol Pejeta. White rhinos can be divided into two subspecies—in addition to the northern white rhino, there is also the southern white rhino. Sudan’s death came a few weeks after reports that his health was deteriorating and about 2.5 years after the last northern white rhino death. In late 2015, the 41-year-old female Nola … [Read more...] about Northern White Rhino Extinction: Can Science Save the Subspecies?
As he finished his Ph.D. thesis in 2007, Ben Dubin-Thaler took a risk: rather than accepting a full-time job offer, the Columbia University graduate set out to create a high-tech science lab. In some ways, it would be a typical lab, with microscopes and beakers, scientists and specimens. But there would be one key difference: the lab would be completely mobile. Dubin-Thaler knew that many elementary schools, especially those in inner-city areas, do not have a dedicated science classroom or lab, which means many students never get a chance to touch high-grade equipment, like microscopes, until they enter high school. So he convinced a group of generous backers to fund the BioBus. The converted 1974 San Francisco city bus is a science lab on wheels. It parks outside of New York area schools for up to a week, teaching up to 180 students each day. "Kids have a very natural sense of curiosity and wonder. The magic of the bus is that it taps directly into that," instructor Danny Valdes … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Science lab on wheels sparks student interest in STEM