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Say It Ain’t So? OPEC Reaches Agreement to Curtail Production

Say It Ain’t So? OPEC Reaches Agreement to Curtail Production

Stunning markets everywhere, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) actually delivered an agreement that has been in the making for a while. According to Bloomberg, the cartel members agreed to reduce output by about 1.2 million barrels a day by January 2017, fulfilling a plan sketched out in Algiers in September to cut its … Continue reading

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  • OCSD5 opens STEM lab Sep 21, 2016 Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five is preparing to show off its new science, technology, engineering and mathematics lab at Robert E. Howard Middle School. The STEM Lab is the result of a partnership with Pitsco Education that is designed to deliver real-world learning experiences and, ultimately, student success in the STEM disciplines. This partnership came about through a joint effort with the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee with the goal of promoting public-private partnerships and innovative ways to transform public education in South Carolina. According to OCSD5 Superintendent Dr. Jesse Washington, “Our school district is taking a major step forward in providing the curriculum and resources for our students to excel in the STEM disciplines.” An open house event will be held on the campus of Robert E. Howard Middle School in Orangeburg from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Following remarks from S.C. Sen. John W. Matthews, D-Bowman, and STEM East Executive Director Dr. Steve Hill, guests will have the opportunity to tour the STEM Lab facility. For more information, contact Tammie Jenkins, STEM project coordinator for OCSD5, at 803-534-5470 or tammie.jenkins@ocsd5.net. http://thetandd.com/news/local/ocsd-opens-stem-lab/article_9435baba-3307-57aa-bb69-04ddf90204df.html
  • MIT Creates Curriculum for Inaugural Boston STEM WeeBy Sri Ravipati 09/22/16 Source: Boston STEM Week. Next month, more than 7,000 middle school students in Boston, MA will participate in Boston STEM Week. The first-of-its-kind initiative brings hands-on STEM curriculum developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other organizations to 36 middle schools in the Boston Public Schools district, with plans to reach 2,000 schools by the end of 2020. From Oct. 3–7, participating BPS middle school classrooms will be transformed into learning labs, where students and teachers will work in teams to solve real-world problems through hands-on experimentation, critical thinking and collaboration. Regularly scheduled classes will be replaced with about 20-25 hours of STEM curriculum. Courses that will be offered include: Digital Game Design, a course that uses the MIT-created programming language Scratch to create an original video game with custom graphics; Building a Lunar Colony, a course where students will explore what it might take to set up a Moon colony and design their own model rockets; Kinetic Sculpture, where students will be introduced to key concepts of kinetic sculpture and build their own mobile sculptures; Building an Interactive, Friendly Monster, where students will learn fundamentals of electronics and programming and run a simple program on LilyPad Arduino; Surgical Techniques, a course that investigates how the body works through isolating their own DNA and conducting other experiments: and Urban Farming, where students will explore the impact growing population has on the global food supply, and design and test their own irrigation systems. In addition, volunteers from local STEM corporations will visit the middle schools and discuss their careers. On the last day, each school will hold a showcase for friends and family and discuss their projects created throughout the week. Boston STEM Week is fully funded through foundation and corporate support. The platform is expected to reach 2,000 schools, 20,000 teachers and 500,000 students by the end of 2020. A full schedule of events for the week and additional details can be found on theBoston STEM Week site. https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/22/mit-creates-curriculum-for-inaugural-boston-stem-week.aspx  
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