This week in STEM education: May 19-25

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This week in STEM education

High school students build electric car powered by social media

Students participating in a program run by nonprofit Minddrive converted this 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into an electric car that runs on watts generated from social media interactions. The students start a road trip from Kansas City, Mo. to DC on May 31.

Inquiry learning vs. standardized content: can they coexist?

Writer Thom Markham discusses the need to prioritize inquiry and project-based learning in schools as the Common Core Standards increase the emphasis on standardization of information.

Corps expands STEM partnership with externship

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District partners with Middle Tennessee schools to introduce students to STEM fields and careers. It will also host STEM teachers for an externship program that will help them shape curriculum to include applied skills in the classroom.

Unknown mathematician proves elusive property of prime numbers

Yitang Zhang, a lecturer of mathematics at the University of New Hampshire, recently authored a paper that significantly advances our understanding of prime numbers. His success where many others have failed is an inspiration to the mathematics academic community. (Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services)

Computer science moves past ‘elective’ status in washington state

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation last week allowing Advanced Placement computer science to count as a high school math or science credit, rather than only as an elective. Washington is one of 10 states with a similar policy.

6 Women scientists who were snubbed due to sexism

Many women have made important contributions to our understanding of scientific topics such as the atomic bomb, the structure of DNA, and the heredity of certain traits. Often, only the male scientists involved are associated with these discoveries, but science historians set the record straight.

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