September 16, 2014

2:11 PM | How Reshma Saujani Is Building A Generation Of Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani's Girls Who Code aims to expose 1 million young women to computer science by 2020. Courtesy Girls Who Code When Reshma Saujani toured New York City schools during her 2010 primary run for Congress, the gender divide in computer-science classrooms shocked her. “I’d be in a robotics lab on the Upper East Side where there would be a hundred boys,” says the politician and lawyer. “And then I’d be in Queens and there’d be […]

September 11, 2014

5:28 PM | Map Maritime Treasures At The Bottom Of The Sea
Students help retell history through shipwrecks. Courtesy NOAA ONMS More than 150 confirmed wrecks lie deep beneath the waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. And since 1996, under-graduate students under the guidance of Hans Van Tilburg, a maritime archaeologist with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, have donned scuba gear to document these technological relics. “This is a way to survey cultural resources and tell part of the historical […]
1:00 PM | How A Guy Who Failed Physics Is Reinventing Higher Education
Anant Agarwal's early success with online teaching gave edX a template for labs, a key feature for science and engineering courses. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times As a freshman at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the late 1970s, Anant Agarwal was one of the only students to fail the physics midterm. The setback, he recalls, made him see that his small high school in Mangalore hadn’t prepared him for college. “I realized that […]

September 03, 2014

2:00 PM | How Students Are Using The World's Largest Indoor Smog Chamber To Save The Planet
A glimpse into the world's largest smog chamber. Courtesy University of California, Riverside It’s not easy to make a cloud indoors, but students at the University of California, Riverside are certainly trying. They’re using the Atmospheric Processes Laboratory—the world’s largest indoor smog chamber—to learn precisely how clouds form.  Led by atmospheric scientist Akua Asa-Awuku, the students inject aerosol-forming compounds and water […]
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