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Amazon teams with Purdue, launches new store and plans campus pick-up locations

Purdue students looking for a good deal on their textbooks now have an easier way to find them, thanks to a partnership between Amazon and Purdue University. The two organizations teamed up to create the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a specially-branded homepage that’s designed to give students a portal to online shopping. While there, students… Read More

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App of the Week: Endless Reader spells fun for preschoolers

It’s increasingly easy for young kids to pick up a phone or tablet and get sucked into an interactive experience, so why not accelerate their reading abilities in the process? That’s the concept behind Endless Reader, the latest in a series of apps from Originator Inc. that use interactive graphics, fun characters and wacky audio cues to help preschoolers… Read More

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McGraw-Hill opening digital education hub in Seattle

  McGraw-Hill Education has opened a new office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood that will serve as a hub of the company’s digital efforts. McGraw-Hill Education will close down its Bothell facility, moving about 65 people to the new operation in Seattle. It also plans to hire about 30 new staffers in Seattle this year, and… Read More

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Teachers protest in downtown Seattle, say Bill Gates is ruining education

Bill Gates has poured millions of dollars into public education reform in the U.S., and some teachers aren’t too thrilled about that. About 150 instructors from the Badass Teacher Association marched through downtown Seattle toward the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday evening to demonstrate their disdain for the Common Core standards that have been implemented… Read More

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Google pledges $50 million to teach girls how to code

Google is investing $50 million over the next three years into its Made with Code effort, a new program that’s designed to encourage young girls to pursue computer science. The commitment comes after Google disclosed last month that just 17 percent of tech jobs at the search giant are held by women. “Nowadays, coding isn’t… Read More

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Purple power: Here’s the Chevy Malibu that UW students modified to win 2nd place in the EcoCar challenge

This is one of the most important car races on Earth, but it’s not about speed. Nope, this competition is all about methodically building a highly-efficient eco-friendly vehicle. Welcome to EcoCar 2, an international competition that pits 15 student-led teams against one another. The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team just took second prize… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Zombie-Based Learning uses zombie comics to help students learn more effectively

As a middle and high school student, David Hunter wasn’t fond of the “stand and deliver” method of teaching. After dropping out, coming back to college to earn a Masters in Teaching, and later becoming an instructor himself, Hunter began understanding what key ingredient was missing from a student’s education. Zombies. Well, kind of. Hunter is the… Read More

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Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up

The chart above tells quite a story. That blue line — the one that looks like a hockey stick — shows how interest in computer science from freshmen at the University of Washington in Seattle has skyrocketed since 2010 compared with other engineering fields. The UW is not alone. Countless other U.S. universities, from Harvard to Stanford to the University of Michigan, are seeing… Read More

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Coding exposure: 900 students develop their first programs at App Day

Inside the gymnasium on Friday at Rainier Beach High School was a scene best described as organized chaos. While DJ Midnight Mike blasted out today’s hottest tunes, a big group had formed a circle for an impromptu dance competition. Minutes later, a handful of nervous students took the microphone and spoke about their just-developed applications — some even walked away winning an Xbox One console… Read More

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From flu finders to sauerkraut: Meet the winning teams from the UW biz plan competition

Innovation was on full display Thursday night as leaders from the technology community gathered for the 17th annual University of Washington Business Plan Competition. What started months ago with nearly 100 business plans from 10 colleges and universities, ended with one top-prize winner walking away with a big $25,000 check. That prize went to Projected… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: CollegeMapper helps high school students get into college

Growing up with a family that had no college graduates and inside a house that was without plumbing for 12 years, it was somewhat of a miracle that Susanna Cerasuolo made it to Ohio State University in the first place. And once the Seattle entrepreneur graduated and later earned another degree from Harvard, Cerasuolo realized how education changed her life — and how… Read More

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Here’s how many freshmen want to study computer science at the University of Washington

Everybody wants to learn how to code — well, at least it certainly seems that way. The latest “intended major” statistics from the incoming freshmen class at the University of Washington show more than 700 high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science — a number that has seen exponential growth in the last few years. Here’s a… Read More

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Digital trade school Code Fellows names Amazon vet CEO

Kristin Smith, a former vice president at Zulily who previously spent eight years at Amazon.com, has been appointed CEO of Code Fellows. Meanwhile, Co-founder Will Little — who oversaw the organization after president Brent Turner moved to Rover.com — is taking on the CTO title. The Seattle company operates a “digital trade school,” an immersive… Read More

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This reality TV star and online education expert is moving her Mark Cuban-backed startup from NYC to Seattle

Kim Taylor is not your typical tech entrepreneur. A former sports reporter and NBA dancer with the Milwaukee Bucks, Taylor grew up playing ice hockey in her native Wisconsin before moving to Silicon Valley to work in online advertising. That’s where the 32-year-old rose to fame as one of the stars of Randi Zuckerberg’s “Start-ups:… Read More

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Here are the 16 student-led teams that advanced in the University of Washington’s business plan competition

Wireless routers. Influenza diagnostic tools. And even a new recipe for healthy sauerkraut. Those are among the 16 finalists who advanced Tuesday in the University of Washington’s annual business plan competition, as more than 300 judges from the Seattle community (including GeekWire’s Daniel Rossi) reduced the field of 36 student-led teams. The $25,000 grand prize winner… Read More

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Alaska Airlines’ $2.5M gift will fund Aerospace Education Center at Museum of Flight

Alaska Airlines will fund a new Aerospace Education Center at Seattle’s Museum of Flight with a gift of $2.5 million, aiming to promote and enable science, technology, engineering and math careers among students. The gift was announced this morning. Construction of the center, inside the Museum of Flight’s T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, is expected to… Read More

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Code.org partners with 30 school districts to help teach kids about computer science

More than two million students across the nation will learn how to code thanks to a Seattle-based organization that is on a serious mission to teach kids about computer science. Code.org today announced partnerships with 30 schools districts — including three of the top 10 largest districts in the country — that will allow teachers to use the… Read More