James and Oliver Build a Coding Wand

Remember James and Oliver Phelps? They played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter movies and they are unboxing and making their own coding wand with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit Build a wand, learn to code, make magic on a screen, with a wave, twist, and twirl.  

How LittleBits Toys Encourage STEM Exploration

Ayah Bdeir, littleBits founder and chief executive officer, explains how the company’s toys encourage stem exploration. She speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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The state of women in computer science

Top colleges boast about reaching gender parity in ‘intro to computer science’ courses. But very few of those women go on to graduate with a CS degree. Here’s why.

The classrooms at Georgia Tech, among the laptops and notebooks and lines of code, senior computer science major Marguerite Murrell likes to play a game she’s dubbed “Count the Girls.”

“If I can keep it under two hands, then I win,” Murrell said. “There are certainly some girls, probably more than some other computer science programs in the nation. But it’s a lot of guys.”

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Canberra wants more women to take up STEM roles

The Australian government is seeking direction on how exactly it can breakdown the barriers for women in STEM-related fields.

The federal government has started the development of a 10-year plan aimed at ushering more women into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related roles, publishing a discussion paper asking for help on how exactly it is going to make it happen.

According to the Women in STEM Decadal Plan Discussion Paper [PDF], women are lost at every stage of the professional ladder in STEM fields, due to a range of factors including stereotypes, discrimination, and workplace culture and structure, some of which the paper said manifests from early school years.

The paper, compiled by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, highlights that there are barriers at every level of schooling for women, and that the barriers continue well into their professional careers.

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Great Thing: Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit conjures up STEM magic

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Victoria Is The Place For Space

The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its campaign for the Australian Space Agency – releasing the Victoria: The Place for Space proposal.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll today visited Opaque Media Group – one of the 250 Victorian companies involved in the space industry – to launch the proposal, which forms part of Victoria’s bid for the agency.

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Chief scientist’s term extended a further two years

The Australian Government has extended Dr Alan Finkel’s term as Australia’s Chief Scientist for a further two years to the end of 2020.

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Swedish Strawbees wins Nordic Edtech Award

Strawbees from Sweden came out top when the best of Nordic edtech was on show at the Nordic Edtech Award at Oslo Innovation Week on Wednesday.

Five finalists, one from each of the Nordic countries, pitched for The Nordic Edtech Award 2018 at the at The Edtech Day at Oslo Innovation Week, All finalists represents the Nordic Edtech core values: Equality, Democracy, Quality, Motivational Learning and Efficiancy.

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Budget 2018: Tech and science gets AU$2.4 Billion

The Australian Science and Technology Growth Program will push artificial intelligence, supercomputers, eSafety, women in STEM, intellectual property, space, and research and development

The Australian government’s 2018-19 Budget has earmarked a massive AU$2.4 billion for technology and science over the next 12 years in a bid to support “a stronger and smarter economy”.

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