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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life
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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough
From ACM TechNews

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education...

Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient
From ACM News

Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring.

U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
From ACM News

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...

Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM
From ACM TechNews

Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

A School District Is Building a DIY Broadband Network
From ACM TechNews

A School District Is Building a DIY Broadband Network

The Albemarle County, VA, school district is building its own broadband network.

AI Gets So-So Grade in Chinese University Entrance Exam
From ACM TechNews

AI Gets So-So Grade in Chinese University Entrance Exam

An artificial intelligence machine completed the math section of China's annual university entrance exam faster than human students, but with a below-average grade...

A Stepping Stone to STEM?
From ACM News

A Stepping Stone to STEM?

Engineering technology courses at community colleges are serving as a pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degrees and jobs.

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
From ACM Careers

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award
From ACM News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors Hendler for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access.

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education
From ACM News

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

An international youth organization challenges and encourages students to stick with science, technology, engineering, and math.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89
From ACM News

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in...

Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes
From ACM TechNews

Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities conducted a study to determine whether popular online quizzes and food imagery could be leveraged for nutrition...

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom
From ACM News

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands
From ACM TechNews

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Researchers have developed a hand-worn device connected to a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients retrain their brains to recover hand movements.

Software Simplified
From ACM News

Software Simplified

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

Shedding Light on How Humans Walk…With Robots
From ACM TechNews

Shedding Light on How Humans Walk…With Robots

Researchers have discovered that humans whose lower limbs are fastened to a typical clinical robot only modify their gait if the forces the robot applies threaten...

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?
From ACM Careers

Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

Sören Schwertfeger finished his postdoctorate research on autonomous robots in Germany, and seemed set to go to Europe or the United States, where artificial intelligence...

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
From ACM News

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside...
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