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Science students get stars in their eyes

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, built in 2000 and named for the late West Virginia senator, is the world's largest fully steerable telescope. Its 100-meter-wide surface area gives it the ability to pick up extremely faint signals from the distant reaches of space. But in 2007, the 16-million-pound telescope was frozen in position. For 2 1/2 months, the telescope recorded data from 70,000 "pointings" that no astronomer had asked for.  It would have been a shame to waste it.


Contest helps boost math, science skills

The Global Challenge, a Vermont-based contest and ITEST project aimed at improving American high school students' math and science skills, brings together 58 teams of American students coupled with students from China, India, and Japan to tackle technological solutions to global warming during the school year. Teams chat online, divide jobs based on skill, consult with advisers, and in the final grueling weeks, write a professional business plan.


Winners named in global underwater robot event

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Marine Technology Society's (MTS) ROV Committee hosted their 13th Annual International Student ROV Competition June 26-28, 2014 at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) in Alpena, MI, USA.

Sixty teams representing middle schools, high schools, home schools, after-school groups, community colleges, and universities from 18 different states and 13 different countries competed in this year's event.