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The miniPCR brings DNA testing to the masses
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the miniPCR will now be available for classrooms Photo: via Ampylus
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. Read More
Get Wicked Smaht!
President Obama kicks off Computer Science Education Week
In New York City in August, women coded for women's health. (Photo: SELF Magazine)
This morning, President Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by pushing Code.org's "Hour of Code" initiative with a pump up speech urging more people to get involved in learning to code. As the president said, "Don't just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn about the technology that touches every part of our lives." Read More
Permission Slips? We don't need no stinking Permission Slips
Techstars' EdTrips is more than your average back-to-school startup
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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
Boston's biggest businesses
In education and health care, the future is about cost and access
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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. Read More
What's Next for Online Education
What’s wrong with MOOCs and why aren’t they working?
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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
No Prom this Year?
Local entrepreneur fighting to get Boston high school students a prom
Another Course to College (image by Puchku -under Creative Commons)
Noah Gordon, the founder of automobile tech startup Jaze, is at a critical point for the success of his company. Jaze, a MassChallenge grad, is trying to make a few key partnerships with companies in the auto industry, and Gordon is in the midst of major fundraising (with some recent success I've heard) and is trying to find investors that match his vision as the company grows. So why did Gordon just decide to take on the cause of a local high school that just had its prom cancelled? Read More