From STEM tools to wi-fi, using tech to inspire

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
February 12th, 2016

news roundup

Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week

Every Friday, I’ll be bringing you a recap of some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

I can’t fit all of our news stories here, though, so feel free to visit and read up on other news you may have missed.

In this week’s news:

New STEM solutions from Samsung
In partnership with STEM Fuse and Tidebreak, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced two new education solutions to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum, and create more collaborative learning spaces.

#withMalala campaign giving away 20k He Named Me Malala DVDs to classrooms
A social media campaign, Students Stand #withMalala, is making 20,000 DVDs of He Named Me Malala available for free to teachers across the U.S. to use in their classroom. The 2015 film chronicles the life of eighteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and an outspoken advocate for girls’ education across the world.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi
Little Falls Central School District in Little Falls, N.Y., is determining how many of its students lack internet access at home and then “filling in” that gap by working with Verizon and OpenRoom to either introduce the families to their wi-fi service options (for those that can afford it) or equip pupils with 3G- or 4G-enabled devices (for those that are financially unable to pay for the service).

MIND Research launches K-12 math game-a-thon
If they build it, they will learn from it. That’s the idea behind the national K-12 Game-a-thon, which invites students to let their imaginations and problem solving run wild as they design, build and share their own math games. Sponsored by the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, the third annual competition is open for entries now through July 1, 2016.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura