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A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer
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A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer

Before the birth of Christ the Greeks built a mechanical computer. Now an Apple engineer has made a functional Lego replica.

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NSF Extends Program to Draw African Americans to Careers in Robotics, Computer Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation is extending its support of the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact Alliance, a program designed to encourage...

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Su Receives $3.4 Million Federal Grant to Benefit Women in Sciences

Syracuse University recently received a five-year, $3.4 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study ways to attract and retain more female professors...

Umd Launches Maryland Cybersecurity Center
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Umd Launches Maryland Cybersecurity Center

The path to assuring the security of vital cyber networks lies in interdisciplinary collaboration of IT and legal, policy, business and behavioral experts, co-director...

U.s. Students Show Significant Gains in Math, Science Results
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U.s. Students Show Significant Gains in Math, Science Results

U.S. math and science scores for students significantly improved on the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Program for International Student...

MIT Expands and Strengthens its Links to China
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MIT Expands and Strengthens its Links to China

MIT's connections to China, already well-established, are set to be strengthened and expanded as part of a major, long-term effort to promote intellectual and...

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Civil-Rights Panel Weighs in on Where Minorities Fare Best in STEM Fields

A recently released report that examined minority students' pursuit of degrees found that admissions preferences based on race led to more minority students giving...

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Special Report

The current state of North American computer science education includes an upward trend in university enrollment for undergraduate programs, but also the erosion...

Nsf Celebrates Computer Science Education Week 2010
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Nsf Celebrates Computer Science Education Week 2010

The High-Low Tech research group at MIT's Media Lab seeks to engage diverse people in developing their own technologies. The research is part of the NSF-funded...

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries...

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Virtual Training Gets Real!

University of Leeds researchers are leading the ImREAL project, which is developing a virtual-reality training tool aimed at creating a simulated learning environment...

Live Online Briefing: Inspiring the Next Bill Gates
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Live Online Briefing: Inspiring the Next Bill Gates

The National Science Foundation will host a Webcast on Dec. 7 featuring Georgia Tech's Amy Bruckman, MIT's Leah Buechley, and ACM's Cameron Wilson, as part of the...

Schools See Surge in Computer Science Classes
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Schools See Surge in Computer Science Classes

Many colleges saw significant growth in computer science enrollment this fall compared to three years ago, demonstrating the growing importance of technology education...

Faculty Innovators Explore Ipad ­se
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Faculty Innovators Explore Ipad ­se

A nine-year-old Faculty Innovators program at Western Illinois University strives to mentor faculty on integrating technology and teaching. This year, participating...

Joanne Luciano Joins Rensselaer's Web Science Research Group
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Joanne Luciano Joins Rensselaer's Web Science Research Group

Joanne Sylvia Luciano has joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Tetherless World Research Constellation. Luciano's research uses computational modeling and...

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$1 Million Gift Boosts Prep Program For Future Math, Science Teachers

The University of Houston's teachHouston program, which works to combat the shortage of qualified science and math teachers in middle and high schools, has received...

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American ­niversities See Decline in Foreigners Earning Science Doctorates

The number of doctorates in science and engineering granted by U.S. universities rose 1.9 percent last year, but the number of foreigners earning advanced degrees...

Spaf on Security Education in 2011
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Spaf on Security Education in 2011

Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford says that both industry and government are focusing more on the need for students to receive training in information...

Professors ­se Twitter in Foreign Language Teaching
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Professors ­se Twitter in Foreign Language Teaching

Two professors at the University of South Carolina are using Twitter as a tool in teaching foreign languages.

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In Class, Texting Is the New Doodling

Top classroom distraction surpasses doodling, daydreaming and note-passing.
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