A little after noon on Wednesday last week, two technicians from the Cambridge Police Department crime lab arrived at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, kits in tow.
But the famed center was not the scene of a crime. Rather, it was hosting a four-day vacation science camp for middle-schoolers, and the two crime-lab techs were participating in a session called “Get A Clue” to introduce 22 adolescents to scientific skills such as microscopy and dissections.
And to make the session all the more engaging for the kids, the Whitehead and its partner in the program, the educational group Science from Scientists, had cooked up a whodunit: the theft of a candy recipe they would solve using technical sleuthing taught by real-life CSI types. Read Morea bot by any other nameA garden made of robotic flowers? Sure, if it'll get kids to code
Boston will soon have a new partner in education innovation: some 600 million people from the tip of South America to the United States border. Cengage Learning, an international educational services company, announced Thursday that it will back the expansion of Boston-based LearnLaunch Accelerator to Latin America at Cengage's innovation lab at the University of Chihuahua in Mexico. Read More
When Sebastian Kraves and Ezequiel "Zeke" Alvarez-Saavedra were growing up in Argentina, the science labs in their high school classrooms had only the most basic equipment. But the tools at their disposal were enough to spark an interest in biology that eventually led them both to Boston: Kraves received his doctorate in neurobiology from Harvard, while Alvarez-Saavedra took home a PhD in biology from MIT.
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EdTrips is a startup that has found a way to make signing up and paying for field trips much easier for teachers, students, and especially parents.
Since paper field trip permission slips and payments have a habit of getting lost in your kid's backpack, EdTrips is a great concept to start with. Read More
The future is not up and to the right.
Yet if you look at two of Massachusetts’ biggest industries — health care and education — that’s the trajectory. Better quality, high pay, strong reputations, expensive new facilities, and breakthrough innovations mean you can charge more, more, more.
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Not too surprisingly, Boston has become one of the epicenters of the next would-be education revolution: Online learning. Spearheaded by EdX, which gained backing from Harvard and MIT, the city that hosts some hundred institutions of higher education is also trying to reform it. Harman Singh, the founder and chief executive of WizIQ, shares where he sees the field stumbling.Read More
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