Technologies offer hands-on science options for blind students during remote learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – New education technologies are providing more options for blind science students to access laboratory tools and research. Independence Science, a Purdue University-affiliated company founded by blind chemist and Purdue alumnus Cary Supalo, has introduced new tools for remote learning for blind students.

“The Independence Science team is very excited to announce that accessible hands-on science learning is now possible for the blind,” said Greg Williams, who is a blind scientist at Independence Science. “Students from remote locations can now work together on accessible scientific data collection in the laboratory from home, and work with a science teacher or lab partner physically located in a science laboratory.”

Independence Science has introduced a new version of its Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest version 2.3 software, which is designed to improve access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for blind students. The new version allows students to remotely connect

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Microsoft donates $7.5M to Code.org to help students learn about AI concepts and ethics



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Code.org is teaming up with Microsoft again, this time to help K-12 students learn about artificial intelligence.

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The Seattle nonprofit, which aims to teach computer science to every child in America, is rolling out new AI curriculum with help from Microsoft, which donated $7.5 million to the initiative.

Code.org will offer a classroom lesson plan to help students learn about the societal and ethical implications of AI. It is also launching its AI tutorial, AI for Oceans, around the globe, and incorporating AI and machine learning lessons into its CS Discoveries curriculum and App Lab.

In addition, there are a new videos on AI featuring tech industry leaders such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

“Reaching the tens of millions of students in Code.org’s courses and on its platform, the partnership between Microsoft and Code.org works to democratize access to learning AI because

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Inside the Amex virtual mentorship program helping low-income students

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s enjoying his classes and making new friends. On top of that, he’s proud to have secured more than $30,000 in scholarships. 

It’s all a success he wasn’t sure

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While many Michigan students go virtual, some Ann Arbor parents continue push for in-person classes

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Public Schools has been hearing from frustrated parents sounding the alarm about their children’s needs not being met by remote-only learning since the beginning of the school year.

Others have used school board meetings to press the district on the “unattainable” metrics they said it has developed to allow for a return to the classroom.

These grievances have become commonplace as AAPS remains one of just 14% of districts statewide still offering only fully remote instruction. Similarly sized districts have either stayed in virtual learning the entire school year or switched to completely virtual learning in recent weeks.

AAPS is operating on the side of caution to limit the spread of COVID-19, district officials said. But some parents said they worry about the potential impact that being socially isolated from their peers so long will have on students.

More than just high schools are

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Scientists, students demand action to keep Arecibo radio telescope operating

After the National Scientific Foundation (NSF) announced last Thursday the demolition and decommission of the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, scientists, experts and many Puerto Ricans have taken to digital platforms to plead with the government to save the 57-year-old observatory.



a train traveling over a bridge: A hole is visible in the dish panels of the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 19, 2020.


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A hole is visible in the dish panels of the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 19, 2020.

Many including researchers and students are using #SaveTheAreciboObservatory and #WhatAreciboMeansToMe hashtags to share the observatory’s impact in their lives and the scientific world. A Twitter account called Save the Arecibo Observatory has also been created.

“#WhatAreciboMeansToMe: More than a telescope,” Kevin Ortiz, a physics student at the University of Puerto Rico, wrote on Twitter. For him, the observatory has had “an incalculable impact in the communities of PR.”

Organizations including the Planetary Society are also joining the conversation on social

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Dain Leaders tests the digital tracking technology for international students using the ‘Proof of Concept (PoC).’

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dain Leaders(https://www.dainleaders.com/), a Blockchain edutech specialist, has announced that they have supported the proof of concept (PoC) of Blockchain for international student matching platform.

Dain Leaders joined a recent project of the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) for the proof of concept to prevent forgery and alteration of documents required for the admissions of international students and reduce the amount of work required to verify authenticity for the credibility of admissions process.

There currently are about 160,000 international students from 180 countries taking degree programs and language training courses at colleges in Korea. As more international students are coming to Korea every year, cases of applicants submitting fraudulent documents for illegal employment are also growing. Therefore, it is difficult for the colleges and other educational institutions to verify the authenticity of documents that

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Students, SRS experts engage in ‘STEMulating’ conversations | Savannah River Site

Students are becoming pen pals with Savannah River Site employees whose degrees and careers involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a new program called “STEMulating Conversations with SRS Experts.”

To date, 74 teachers and academic officials from local schools have enrolled in the pilot program in which K-12 grade students send letters via email to the SRS experts to learn about a range of STEM careers.

Managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, STEMulating Conversations offers students the opportunity to develop career aspirations and interests in STEM by communicating with scientists, engineers, IT, and other STEM professionals from SRS.

Through this program, they can ask SRS experts questions about STEM and their careers.

Students in the STEM Lab at Diamond Lakes Elementary in Hephzibah, Georgia, have been exchanging information with chemical engineer Joel Maul and electrical engineer Pamela Finklin at SRS. Their different engineering focuses give students a variety

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UW engineering students create smartphone camera zoom lens that keeps picture quality



a person in a blue shirt: With their invention, the students won the International Runner Up and $8,500 for the James Dyson Award (JDA), a global annual design award aimed to encourage students to engineer inventions to some of the world’s largest problems.


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With their invention, the students won the International Runner Up and $8,500 for the James Dyson Award (JDA), a global annual design award aimed to encourage students to engineer inventions to some of the world’s largest problems.

A team of engineering students from University of Waterloo has invented a new type of smartphone camera lens called Scope, which will make zoomed in, blurry photos a thing of the past.

The invention has also won them an international award.

Although smartphones have revolutionized the way photographs are taken, they still struggle to create high quality images when the user zooms in on something. That’s because the cameras in smartphones are unable to replicate the physical movement of an adjustable lens as seen with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. 

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This physical manipulation lens still relies on 16th century Galilean optics, an archaic system that has not

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Infection prevalence among university students was lower than in the surrounding community, case study finds — ScienceDaily

An aggressive COVID-19 surveillance and testing effort at Duke University was highly effective in minimizing the spread of the disease among students on campus, according to a case study appearing in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The successful Duke campaign was launched before the start of the semester. Ahead of arriving on campus, all enrolled students were required to self-quarantine for 14 days, sign a code of conduct pledge to obey mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines and have a COVID test.

Once classes started, the university conducted regular surveillance testing using pooled samples to conserve resources, daily symptom self-monitoring, contact tracing with quarantine, and regular testing for those who were symptomatic or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

The result: The average per-capita infection prevalence among students was lower than in the surrounding community, and large outbreaks seen on other campuses were avoided. Overall, combined testing

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STEM Week event encourages students to see themselves in science and technology careers | MIT News

Covid-19 has given the public a crash course in what it is like to be a medical researcher. The evening news displays graphs and charts describing case counts and statistical data, while the status of vaccine trials is front page news. Now, more than ever, the public is seeing how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are rising to the challenge of Covid-19.

It is in this spirit that MIT and the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council encouraged students to “see themselves in STEM” by producing a week of programming aimed at fostering a lifelong love of STEM.

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The Massachusetts STEM Week kicked-off Oct. 19 with opening remarks by MIT President L. Rafael Reif. Speaking to a stream of over 480 viewers, President Reif reflected on how reading MIT textbooks in his native Venezuela put him on a pathway to a career in STEM. “I realized

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