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Ballmer, Myhrvold make Top 100 list recognizing CEOs impacting science, tech education

Two Washington CEOs — and former Microsoft colleagues — made a Top 100 CEO list for executives that were recognized for making a difference in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries and education. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myrhvold made the list, which was compiled by STEMconnector “to salute and celebrate an… Read More

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UW’s Ed Lazowska: ‘Washington is the ass end of the donkey in just about every aspect of education’

The incredible talent that the University of Washington pumps out every year was on display during Tuesday’s Seattle Tech Meetup, as five startups with UW ties gave five-minute pitches to the crowd at the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. But unfortunately for the state, the UW is one of the few bright spots… Read More

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Washington bill could make CSE classes count for math, science credit

A new bill in the Washington State Legislature may allow computer science classes to count as a math or science requirement toward high school graduation. Currently, Washington high schoolers who take a computer science class don’t receive a math or science credit. HB 1472 would enable this and “provide initiatives to improve and expand access to computer science… Read More

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Check out these 14 ‘entrepreneur’ grants for STEM education

Washington STEM, a nonprofit that supports science, technology, engineering, and math education across the state, has awarded 14 grants to educators in Washington. The one-year investments are used to encourage teachers to pilot new ideas that could be used to bolster STEM education. “My female students use to think that building robots was just for boys,” said, Dave… Read More

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Video: UW students utilize the Kinect to teach math

The study of mathematics is largely about abstract theories. But Jeb Pavleas and Jack Chang Keng-Wei — two enterprising students at the University of Washington-Bothell — think they can make math education more accessible. And they’ve chosen Microsoft’s Kinect as the tool to do it. The programmers behind Kinetic Math just advanced to the semi-finals of… Read More