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Meet Nate Butkus, the 6-year-old with a science podcast

On his podcast, Nate Butkus has talked radiation with a US government scientist, evolution with a Harvard researcher, and, most recently, genome-editing with MIT’s Kevin Esvelt. But ask him his favorite moment from the 28 episodes so far, and it…

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Robotics team qualifies for world championship

Two Dan River Region robotics teams placed in the top 20 as they competed in the Chesapeake District Championship two weeks ago — with one doing well enough to qualify for the world championship in St. Louis.  George Washington High…

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Algorithmic Bias a Rising Concern for K-12 Ed-Tech Field

From criminal sentencing to credit scores, algorithms and artificial intelligence increasingly make high-stakes decisions that have big implications for people’s freedom, privacy, and access to opportunity.  Despite the almost-blind faith people can put in such “artificial agents,” it’s no secret…

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State Board of Ed wades back into creationism debate

Members of the Texas State Board of Education will wrestle this week with how far science teachers should go to ensure students understand evolution, rekindling a long-running debate about how much to emphasize creationism in public schools.

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Two Nonprofits Join Forces to Boost Student Success

Thirty years ago a Connecticut money manager named George Weiss made headlines by promising 112 sixth-graders in a high-poverty school in Philadelphia that if they made it to college, he would pay their tuition.  Twenty earned bachelor’s degrees. Some of…

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