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- Posted byon March 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM EDT
This article is cross-posted on the Dept. of Transportation blog.
This morning, we're proud to join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in announcing a "SaferCar" app for iPhones, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. This new app puts the power of NHTSA's tremendous volume of vehicle safety data, including real-time vehicle safety information from NHTSA’s SaferCar.gov site, at the fingertips of American consumers. NHTSA’s SaferCar app allows users to search its 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and model, locate car seat installation help, file a vehicle safety complaint, find recall information, and subscribe to automatic notices about vehicle recalls.
As a key partner in the White House Safety Data Initiative, the Department of Transportation (DOT) made a commitment at the Safety Datapalooza last September not only to make car safety data available through an easy-to-use app but also to give developers and entrepreneurs real-time access to the underlying government data through Application Programming Interfaces (API), so they can integrate these data into new and existing apps to further empower consumers. These APIs are now available, and developers can learn more about them at Safety.Data.Gov. NHTSA is also planning to publish an online course that teaches developers how to build safety tools using these APIs.
- Posted byon March 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM EDT
Rethink Robotics’ new robot “Baxter” is designed to work alongside humans. (Photo by Rethink Robotics)
The new Roadmap is an update to an earlier version released in 2009 and builds on President Obama’s June 2011 announcement of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI)—a broad effort to develop robots that can work with humans to extend and augment human skills.
- Posted byon March 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT
Last week, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners of the Mayors Challenge, a competition designed to encourage American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve tough problems and improve life in the city.
Proving that there is plenty of room for big ideas in a small state, Providence, RI, won the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for Innovation and will receive a $5 million implementation award for its cutting-edge early education initiative.
- Posted byon March 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM EDT
At a roundtable discussion on STEM teachers on March 18, 2013, OSTP Director John P. Holdren was flanked by Sean Carroll, Vice President for Science Sducation at HHMI and Sara Martinez-Tucker, CEO of NMSI. (Photo by Shealah Craighead)
UTeach, developed at the University of Texas-Austin, is a program that allows undergraduates to earn simultaneously a teaching certificate and a Bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field. The effort reflects a conclusion by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that the best STEM teachers are those who have both depth of knowledge in the field they are teaching and pedagogical training and experience. Along with other initiatives such as 100Kin10, NMSI and UTeach are helping to achieve President Obama’s goal of training 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in the next decade.
- Posted byon March 15, 2013 at 11:27 AM EDT
Digital Promise site visit to Olympus Academy in Canarsie, Brooklyn. (Photo by Digital Promise)
Below, Sara Shapiro, Digital Promise’s Director of the League of Innovative Schools, answers questions about this week’s meeting and next steps for Digital Promise.
What is Digital Promise and the League of Innovative Schools?
Digital Promise is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit center based in Washington, D.C. Chartered by Congress and launched in late 2011 by President Obama, Digital Promise is dedicated to advancing breakthrough educational technology through research, rapid evaluation, and knowledge sharing. The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools is borne out of that last component—knowledge sharing. With 32 members representing 2.5 million students in 21 states nationwide, the League is a way for school districts to share ideas, results, and even resources as they tackle contemporary and future challenges in education. You can learn more about Digital Promise in our recently released annual report.
- Posted byon March 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM EDT
President Barack Obama greets and talks with the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search finalists in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, March 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
These extraordinary innovators have something in common other than STEM excellence: they're all in high school.
The exceptional students are finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) competition. Winners of the competition will be announced tonight at a gala event in Washington, DC.
Learn more about the finalists and the Intel STS competition here.
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