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Coding Curriculum in a Box
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Coding Curriculum in a Box

CodePath.org, a nonprofit boot camp, offers ready-made, industry-approved coding courses to colleges and trains students to teach them for credit.

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship
From ACM TechNews

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield,...

Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

Ethics in Technology Jobs
From Communications of the ACM

Ethics in Technology Jobs

Employees are increasingly challenging technology companies on their ethical choices.

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
From ACM TechNews

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.
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Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

There are many U.S. cybersecurity job openings, and a shortfall of qualified professionals is prompting employers to look outside traditional pipelines to find...

When Computer Science Majors Take Improv
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When Computer Science Majors Take Improv

Northeastern University computer science majors are required to take a class in theater and improvisation, where they practice exercises to cultivate empathy, creativity...

Low-Cost Intervention Boosts ­ndergraduate Interest In Computer Science
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Low-Cost Intervention Boosts ­ndergraduate Interest In Computer Science

Researchers have shown that an online intervention taking less than 30 minutes significantly increases interest in computer science among both male and female undergraduate...

Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses
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Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses

A recent Coinbase study found that 42% of the top 50 universities worldwide now offer at least one course on cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing
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Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing

The Gender Balance in Computing initiative will use a "range of tailored interventions" to encourage more young women to enter science, technology, engineering,...

Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution
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Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution

Jennifer Rexford, Class of 1991 and chair of Princeton's computer science department, discusses the computational whirlwind that has transformed almost every walk...

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out
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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.

Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class
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Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class

U.S. eighth graders in 2019 did significantly better in school compared to 2014, especially among students who are white, black, Asian, or low-income.

Coding as a Second Language
From ACM TechNews

Coding as a Second Language

The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation are working together to launch four Code as a Second Language academies around the country.

Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults
From ACM TechNews

Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults

The U.K. government will offer free courses to thousands of adults to improve their digital skills.

The Robots That Manage the Managers
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The Robots That Manage the Managers

New artificial intelligence-driven coaching apps and platforms aim to provide basic training in traditional supervisory skills such as delivering feedback and delegating...

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It.
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It.

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...
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