Disabilities don’t stop these experts in science and tech (Science News for Students)

As a combat engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011, Neil Altomare’s job was to detect unexploded home-made bombs known as IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. Many were hidden throughout Afghanistan’s Sangin Valley, where he was deployed. Once he found an IED, Altomare would destroy it — often by blowing it up. This work helped keep his fellow Marines …

Cincinnati State, GE partnership to create 3-D manufacturing jobs (Dayton Daily News)

A new partnership involving Butler County-based GE Additive and Cincinnati State aims to create jobs in a field many experts say will revolutionize global manufacturing. West Chester-based GE Additive and the community college announced Wednesday a new training program in the rapidly growing additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, industry. With technical assistance from GE, Cincinnati State’s Workforce Development Center, which …

Jackie Robinson Foundation Selects Inaugural Class of Strada Education Network Scholars (Strada Education Network)

Strada Education NetworkSM today announced 10 students as the inaugural class of Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Strada Education Network Scholars. The students are among 58 the Jackie Robinson Foundation has selected to comprise its Class of 2021 JRF Scholars. Chosen from 4,700 qualified applicants, the group of college freshmen met a high threshold of academic achievement, financial need and leadership potential. Each …

How to Close the Gender Gap in Tech (Bloomberg)

Consider, for example, the experience of Harvey Mudd College, an elite science and engineering school in Southern California, which has managed to boost the female share of computer-science majors to 50 percent in the past 15 years. How? The school expanded the female faculty and made the curriculum more inviting to talented students with limited exposure to computer science. It …

IBM and MIT pen 10-year, $240M AI research partnership (TechCrunch)

IBM and MIT came together today to sign a 10-year, $240 million partnership agreement that establishes the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab at the prestigious Cambridge, MA academic institution. The lab will be co-chaired by Dario Gil, IBM Research VP of AI and Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. Big Blue intends to invest $240 million into the lab where IBM researchers and …

Hot Wheels Gets Hacked By Microsoft To Teach Students STEM (PRNewswire)

Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), a global learning, development and play company, announced today that Hot Wheels® will be featured as part of the Microsoft Education Workshop’s STEM Saturdays. STEM Saturdays are part of a Microsoft initiative to host a range of free hands-on educational programs through the Microsoft Store. These drop-in workshops hosted at Microsoft Stores nationwide aim to remove …