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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,

Signature

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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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Education

By Elana Lyn Gross 

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Educators are using AI tools to assess students' skills and weaknesses, and students are benefiting from peer-to-peer learning and customized study guides. Here's a closer look at how some companies are developing artificial intelligence programs to improve education.

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How the 4 Cs prepare students for the real world

By Sandra Love

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The 4 Cs are more than skills taught in school--they'll stick with students throughout their academic, professional, and personal growth.

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How is technology impacting literacy?

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Literacy education is evolving to meet the needs of modern society--but the basics of picking up a physical book remain important

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Teachers, bring to life storytelling in your classroom with Pepper and NAO robots!

When we couple the storytelling concept along with their innate nature, it is clear to understand how utilizing both Pepper and NAO as a storyteller is an essential role for these social robots.

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6 Major Companies Supporting STEM Learning Programs

By Devin Partida

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A growing digital economy is bolstering demand for occupations in science, technology, engineering, and math. This growth will add more than half a million new computer jobs over the next eight years. However, a shortage of STEM professionals means many of these positions may remain empty.

That’s why education has quickly become a front-and-center issue for talent-hungry corporations. To encourage more interest in STEM fields, major companies are supporting learning programs by offering grants, resources, and new opportunities to the next generation of innovators.

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The 5 Best STEM Careers in Renewable Energy

By Devin Partida

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The world may move to only using renewable energy in the coming years. To make this transition, we must have a generation of problem solvers to help us reach a greener future.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been growing in popularity in recent years. Some see this as a trending academic discipline that may pass, while others emphasize the role it will play in renewable energy. Educators and teachers can encourage students to pursue degrees in STEM and enter the renewables market.

In the first five months of 2020, over 25% of electricity in the country was powered by renewable sources. Students will significantly benefit from an early introduction to STEM, and the hope is that they will be able to land a job in their respective fields.

One common goal between many countries is to reach net-zero emissions before the next decade. Replacing traditional energy sources with new technologies will aid in achieving that goal as well as create well-paying jobs for individuals. We need individuals with a STEM background to help us reach this critical goal.

Let’s explore some possible careers that students with STEM backgrounds could potentially enter.

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

By  Julia L. Dweck

Teaching robotics to elementary students can enhance sensory learning, improve socialization, provide opportunities for hands-on innovation, and raise the level of rigor.

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5 ways to boost student engagement with STEM learning strategies

These student engagement strategies can help educators create authentic learning experiences for all students using digital tools.

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