Students are learning career skills and have the opportunity to earn an industry certification through a California high school's floral design program. In this commentary, agriculture teacher Jenny Kaslin describes how students earn money making flower arrangements for a floral club that receives monthly deliveries.
School and community leaders in a Tennessee district recently announced the start of Future Ready Institutes -- a program designed to improve students' readiness for college and careers. Under the program, high schools in the district will have 17 institutes, each of which is focused on a different industry, including health sciences, hospitality, engineering and manufacturing.
An Indiana high school recently held an event that showcased its career and technical education program. Students in the culinary program provided food for the event, and other students tested low-mileage vehicles they were working on.
Students in California recently learned about potential careers in the food and beverage industry at the second annual Food & Beverage Manufacturing Careers Summit. Eighteen local companies were represented at the event.
Leaders at Northwest Missouri State University, the city of Gladstone, Mo., and the North Kansas City School District worked together to establish the Northland Innovation Center. The center is focused on bolstering the school-to-college-to-career pipeline through project-based learning.
An oddly shaped protein found in platypus milk has antibacterial properties and could one day be used to fight antibiotic resistance, according to findings published in Structural Biology Communications. The protein is ringlet-shaped and has a fold never seen before by researchers.
Climate and tectonic changes about 500,000 years ago in an area of what is now Kenya likely influenced human evolution, bringing about shifts in social behaviors, trade and toolmaking, according to three studies published in Science. Research at the Olorgesailie archaeological site found that humans lived in the area for 700,000 years prior to the landscape alterations and that life changed rapidly in the aftermath.
Researchers have developed a microfluidic device that lets them see how single Escherichia coli cells divide and mutate, according to findings published in Science. "We had this idea that with microfluidics we could keep one cell [after] each division, independent of its fitness, and [thereby] block completely the action of natural selection," said study co-author Lydia Robert.
The reproductive system of the umbrella liverwort plant has inspired the design of a new pipette to capture and transport water at precise measurements, according to a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The pipette holds on to the water droplet using the water's surface tension until it lets go when tilted at a certain angle.
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