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How to Start a Robotics Club in Your School

By Carla Jose

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So you’ve got a passion for robotics and you want to share it with your classmates? Or perhaps you’re an educator and you’re eager to introduce students to this rapidly expanding part of the tech sector. In either case, starting a club dedicated to the topic of robotics, including theoretical discussions as well as practical experiments, is a great way to fulfill your ambitions. So what’s the best way to go about this? Let’s look at the steps you’ll need to take.

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California ranking dead last in public education spending is over thanks to the 2022-23 state budget

Senator Nancy Skinner Representing Senate District 9

Dear Constituent:

Good news: California ranking dead last in public education spending is over. Thanks to the 2022-23 state budget signed by Gov. Newsom last week, California could jump into the top 10 states nationwide for per pupil spending.

For some perspective on how far we've come, as recently as 2011, California ranked 50th nationwide for per pupil spending on K-12 public schools. By last year, thanks to our voter-approved progressive tax system and responsible budgeting during the past decade, California had climbed to 19th.

The 2022-23 state budget increases K-12 public education funding by a record 13% over last year, with the allocation for public K-12 schools and community colleges increasing by a record $37.2 billion. That's nearly triple the funding K-12 schools received in 2011. And each of our UC and CSU campuses will receive a 5% increase.

Over the coming weeks, I will send you additional e-newsletters highlighting major aspects of this year's historic 2022-23 state budget.

K-12 Education Budget Highlights

  • Provides a record funding increase of 13% for all K-12 public schools.

  • Protects school districts suffering from declining enrollment by providing funding based on the average of three prior years' average daily attendance

  • Provides $4 billion to allow schools to add three hours of after-school programming and six weeks of summer enrichment.  

  • Includes funding for the Learning Recovery Emergency Block Grant to support tutoring, mental health, social-emotional support and other learning recovery programs.

  • Provides $3.6 billion for the Arts, Music, and Instructional Materials Discretionary Block Grants to fund arts, music, instructional materials, and multi-lingual school library books.

  • Funds a total of $4.2 billion for school construction through 2025, including $1.3 billion in state bonds and $2.9 billion from the state's general fund in 2023-24 and 2024-25.

  • Provides a record funding increase of $637 million for home-to-school transportation.

  • Includes $100 million for California's universal free school meals program to purchase sustainably grown, healthy foods, plus $600 million to upgrade school kitchens.

 

Higher Education Budget Highlights

  • Increases funding for all University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses by 5%.

  • Increases CA Community College (CCC) funding by $600 million, along with a COLA increase, and provides $650 million for additional instruction to close pandemic learning gaps and investments to close the digital divide.

  • Provides an additional $2 billion for student housing projects at UC, CSU, and CCC campuses — bringing the total amount of student housing funding to $4 billion through 2024-25.

  • Increases funding for the Middle Class Scholarship program and Cal Grants to provide access to Cal Grants for 150,000 additional students.

  • Provides unprecedented funding support for underrepresented students, including formerly incarcerated students.

As chair of the Senate's Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, it was my honor to work on this year's transformative budget. Please be on the look-out for future e-newsletters from me regarding other major aspects of the historic 2022-23 state budget.

It is a privilege serving as your state Senator.

Sincerely,

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Nancy Skinner
State Senator, District 

P.S. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more updates from the Capitol and throughout Senate District 9.

 

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Integrating Robotics into Health Sciences Courses

By Dan Matthews 

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The marriage between health science and technology has been a long and happy one. However, that union has perhaps never been more important than it is today. Now, more than ever, state-of-the-art technologies, from bioengineering to artificial intelligence (AI), are playing a leading role in optimizing patient care, supporting healthcare providers, and expanding the scope of medical knowledge.

Among the most significant and promising of these technologies in the domain of health, sciences are robotics.

These technologies are not only increasingly being used in clinics, hospitals, and operating rooms, but also in health sciences classrooms at every level, including primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. This article explores the reasons why you should begin integrating robotics into your health sciences courses and identifies key strategies for doing so.

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Why Tech in Education Must Become More Accessible

By Dan Matthews 

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All children deserve the right to be set up for success, and one of the ways children are prepared to do their best in school is based on their access to technology. Technology is a great equalizer for all children, and all children can become better learners through the use of technology — especially children with disabilities. Despite this benefit of technology in the classroom, however, not all technology is accessible to all children. How can parents and educators ensure all students, no matter their ability, receive the best education they can?

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Fostering Healthy Coping Skills in STEM Education

By Dan Matthews 

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Solid STEM education is perhaps one of the best gifts parents and teachers can give students, equipping them today with the tools they will need to fill some of the most lucrative and in-demand jobs of tomorrow. But although STEM learning has so much to offer, many children, teens, and college students often avoid science and technology curricula due to the inherent rigor of such programs.

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The Necessity of Robotics Classes for Schools

By Dora Miller. 

Robots are exciting to play tools for children and young adults. What if students learned how to make robots? Would robotics make it easy to handle STEM? Would the robots make other concepts easier to understand?

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What are the Advantages of VR in a Technical Classroom?

By Shannon Flynn

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While virtual reality (VR) is still a developing technology, many industries worldwide are looking into the potential benefits of using it in their operations. From manufacturing to retail, VR can be a transformative piece of tech that intertwines digital and physical realities.

Another sector investigating the advantages of VR is education. For most people, the concept of VR is complex and futuristic. However, it’s rapidly evolving, and it will likely be commonplace in daily life. Statista reports that the VR market size will increase to more than $12 billion by 2024.

Below is more information about VR, the benefits of using VR in a technical classroom, and details regarding VR Expeditions 2.0.

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We are excited to share with you a set of new features for VR Expeditions 2.0! and we can't wait for you to try them! Here are the most important ones that will make your and your students' VR experience much better!

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How EdTech Will Change The Future Of Learning In 2022

By Nancy Howard

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With the rapid development of AI and tech as a whole, it’s no wonder that EdTech is becoming more common every day. Not only is it being used by educational institutions, but it’s also transitioning into our daily lives while businesses are starting to use it in their own employee training. Hence, here’s how EdTech will change the future of learning in 2022.

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Check these Educational STEM funding opportunities!

There are multitudes of STEM grants you can apply for. You should carefully consider all possible funding sources when searching for money to pay for your newest classroom innovation. Here are some STEM funding options. 

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