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12/14/2017

Mapping tools such as Maps.me OpenStreetMap are being used to identify areas of the West Bank and Gaza that may be hard to navigate in other mapping apps. "The most basic infrastructure of daily life deserves to be seen," says programmer and geographer Mikel Maron, who launched a mapping effort for Gaza in 2008.

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Wired online
12/14/2017

Sixth-grade students at Portsmouth Public Schools in Virginia learned to program small drones to deliver supplies to a fictional Mars colony made of Legos. The countywide program was offered in cooperation with STARBASE Victory, a nonprofit group dedicated to exposing students to science, technology, engineering and math.

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12/14/2017

High-school students in Texas began working about one year ago on a tiny house they now are planning to sell. Students are hoping to earn about $2,900 from the sale, which they intend to put toward the construction of another house.

12/14/2017

High-school students enrolled in a building construction course in Wisconsin are working to build a gazebo at a community park. The goal is to complete the project in January.

12/14/2017

Students at a California high school recently were certified, learned CPR and partnered with a local food bank on a farmers market as part of their enrollment in a health and nutritional services academy program. About 200 students at the school are enrolled.

12/14/2017

An additional 135,000 workers or more will be needed over the next five years in parts of Maryland and Virginia, according to members of the Greater Washington Partnership, a civic alliance of CEOs. About 20,000 of those jobs will be in so-called "digital tech" fields.

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The Baltimore Sun
12/13/2017

The House education committee has advanced the PROSPER -- Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform -- Act for consideration in the full chamber. The legislation would change higher-education rules in several areas, such as student financial aid and college and university accountability.

12/13/2017

Middle- and high-school students from across a Tennessee district have collaborated to design, build and install holiday light displays in a park. The project -- a blend of project-based learning and science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- involved partnering with the city Parks & Recreation Department and repurposing old desk chairs.

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12/13/2017

Students in an entrepreneurial class at a Colorado high school practice their business skills through the operation of a skateboard shop. Students are involved in budgeting, production and design.

12/13/2017

Middle- and high-school students in Florida competed recently in the Future Farmers of America subdivision competition. The contest included events such as tractor driving and public speaking, and students prepared meals that were eaten at the competition.