Raleigh will ask residents about technology habits | News and Observer

The survey will collect demographic information as well as information about digital habits. Its goal is to help the city create targeted programs that respond to the needs of residents. “We can see the impact, we just need to measure it now,” said Brittney Cofield-Poole (ME!), community outreach specialist for the IT department. She will oversee the collection of the survey. Finding out what people need from a municipal IT department is part of a larger four-year effort, Roper said. It was important to her to lead the department to become more community-focused and fill in digital gaps. via Raleigh will ask residents about technology habits | News and Observer News and Observer.

Adding “Social” Science to the “S” in #STEM

As a Community Psychologist in training I have always been slightly bothered by the term “soft science” being used to describe people centered research. More recently I have begun to think about how social science is often neglected to be recognized as an important part of STEM. However, isn’t the core of this acronym focused on bettering the lives of mankind?! I think this notion is particularly important when introducing youth to STEM. It is crucial that they know that if they are to pursue “S” (Science) that it is okay to choose a translational path that prioritizes directly addressing the needs of their communities.

So today I declare that I will dedicate myself to shedding light on the social side of science! Now all I need is a fancy #hashtag!

Hashtag Ideas:

#SocializingScience

#SocialSideOfScience

#SocialSTEM

-Stay Tuned!

Meet the 10-year-old maths genius who’s just enrolled at college – CNN.com

At first glance Esther Okade seems like a normal 10-year-old. She loves dressing up as Elsa from “Frozen,” playing with Barbie dolls and going to the park or shopping.

But what makes the British-Nigerian youngster stand out is the fact that she’s also a university undergraduate.

Esther, from Walsall, an industrial town in the UK’s West Midlands region, is one of the country’s youngest college freshmen.

The talented 10-year-old enrolled at the Open University, a UK-based distance learning college, in January and is already top of the class, having recently scored 100% in a recent exam.

via Meet the 10-year-old maths genius who’s just enrolled at college – CNN.com.

Inspiring grades 5-8 to explore Newton’s 3 laws of motion and careers in engineering.

HONEYWELL AND NASA FOR STUDENTS:INSPIRING SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SUCCESS

Discover FMA Live!, the award-winning science education concert from Honeywell and NASA! With FMA Live!, middle school students will never look at science and engineering the same way again.

FMA Live!’s Forces in Motion show is an interactive, traveling hip-hop concert that teaches Newton’s

Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Named after Newton’s Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], the show connects science and engineering to everyday life. And how studying Newtonian physics can lead to interesting, competitive careers.

How did we do it? With a hip-hop concert, choreography, cool videos, giant sticky walls, extreme wrestlers, and the “Man Behind the Motion:” Sir Isaac Newton. Middle-school students never knew science could be so fun!

Watch the trailer!

via Inspiring grades 5-8 to explore Newton’s 3 laws of motion and careers in engineering..

Google Fiber Is Coming To Raleigh To Bring City Residents Ultra-High Speed Internet Access | raleighnc.gov

Today, Mayor McFarlane announced that Google Fiber is coming to Raleigh. Improving broadband speed and choice for residents has been a priority for Raleigh for some time. Raleigh applied for Google Fiber in 2010, joined North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN), and completed the Google Fiber checklist last year.

via Google Fiber Is Coming To Raleigh To Bring City Residents Ultra-High Speed Internet Access | raleighnc.gov.