Students in kindergarten through fourth grades have been working on independent research projects for their Kansas school's annual Ag Fair. The projects -- including gardening, cooking and the use of wind turbines for electricity -- are highly engaging for students because they control the process and topics for the end-of-the-year showcase, principal Jason Chalashtari said.
In some communities that have adopted free community-college programs, officials are encouraging students not to enroll in online-only courses. Judy Lowe, assistant vice president for academic resources and testing at Chattanooga State Community College, said students in their first year of the program may need additional in-person support.
A virtual-reality program developed by career and technical education students in Michigan is intended to help support students with autism. The program places students in certain situations that allow them to practice social interaction.
About 70 students recently showcased their tree-felling skills during the 42nd Annual Loggers Meet in Maine. The forestry students learn modern logger skills, including safety precautions.
Building trades students at a Texas high school are completing construction on a tiny house, which will be auctioned off for a minimum of $34,900. The house construction allowed students to combine building, electrical, plumbing and other skills in one project.
Welding teacher Bria Sativa Aguayo says she is working to rebrand welding to ensure that female students see it as a viable career option. Data show the welding field, which is expected to have a shortage of workers in the coming years, remains largely a male occupation.
Higher-education leaders recently attended a national summit focused on a "dual-mission model," in which students can combine career and technical education and traditional studies. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says the model "allows universities more nimbleness in meeting industry demands, while ensuring graduates receive a solid return on investment."
Scientists studying the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano are using the data to develop ways to better predict future steam explosions of it and other volcanoes. "We as the scientific community feel we owe it to the people being impacted to get it right and learn as much as we can," said US Geological Survey geophysicist Michael Poland.
An international research coalition is working on a project to turn carbon dioxide emissions into rock. CarbFix captures carbon dioxide waste from steam from the green energy plant Hellisheidi in Iceland, dissolves it in water and pumps it deep into the earth where it interacts with basalt and becomes part of the rock.
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