The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.8 million grant to five universities, including the University of Montana, to study wildfires. Researchers will fly directly into wildfire smoke to measure compounds within it.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the city's Workforce Development Board are working to make improvements and investments in a career and technical high school. Efforts include a plan to transform the school into a facility where high-school students can receive career training during the day and adults can attend classes at night.
The Salt Lake County Library system has partnered with Utah State University to offer free summer science, technology, engineering and math camps to students. The camps, among others highlighted, offer hands-on learning experiences to engage students in STEM activities while exposing them to potential careers and keeping them learning during the summer.
3D printing, modular construction, virtual reality, and mergers that help bring tech to scale are industry trends that each bring perhaps new ways to envision design and building of houses. "This is not about doing things cheaper, it's about doing things better and more sustainably," says Craig Curtis of Katerra Architecture.
Hibbing Community College recently held the NitroX camp for seventh- and eighth-grade students to interest them in pursuing careers in transportation. Students were introduced to careers in such areas as automotive, industrial systems technology and mining.
Summer programming in one Virginia school district includes courses in business, computer programming and woodworking. The woodworking course teaches students concepts in shop safety and introduces them to power tools to prepare them for courses at the high school, wood tech teacher Paul Connell said.
Community colleges in California are making progress in their efforts to better prepare students for jobs in today's workforce, according to a report from the Institute for the Future. Recent reforms include a program that allows any of the community colleges to use curricula that has been approved by the other colleges in the system.
Prestige Foods is finalizing plans to establish workforce-training programs at Iowa Central Community College to support its new facility opening in the state. Officials say the plant's use of technology in operations, including robotics, created the need for such programs.
More students are opting to take a gap year after college before starting a career or enrolling in graduate school. Officials say the interest in gap years comes as strength grows in the job market and graduates feel less pressure to immediately start a career.