On April 20, participating schools will take part in a first-ever Imagine a Technology Blackout Day, an exercise meant to underscore technology's value by way of contrast: Participants are being asked--for one day--to avoid all the technologies that keep the world running.

Blackout Day follows up on ESTEME Week, held from April 11-15, with the acronym standing for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other federal agencies and scientific societies to support activities for this year's ESTEME


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