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Since 2006, NASA has had a trio of small, free-flying robots on board the International Space Station. Called SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites), these robots have spent about 600 hours participating in an enormous variety of experiments, including autonomous formation flying, navigation and mapping, and running programs written by middle school students in team competitions. But beyond serving as a scientific platform, SPHERES weren't designed to do anything especially practical in terms of assisting the astronauts or flight controllers, and it's time for a new generation of robotic free fliers that's fancier, more versatile, and will be a big help for the humans on the ISS.
Nothing reveals as much about a society, and its future, as its high schools. Yet amid accelerating change -- widening inequality, unprecedented globalization and technological advances -- they've woefully lagged behind. There are, of course, exceptions. Follow OZY's special series High School, Disrupted to find out about the global leaders, cutting-edge trends and big ideas reimagining secondary education -- for the better.
The Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) in New Haven is a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade program that has a different format for each of its four components. The 4-7 program, upon which this paper focuses, is comprised of three resource rooms in three different schools in the city. The 4-7 TAG resource rooms provide an enrichment, rather than strictly accelerated, program. Guest speakers who are experts in related fields are frequent visitors to the resource rooms.
During which season of the year would a rabbit's fur be thickest? A computer program called Aristo can tell you because it read about bears growing thicker pelts during winter in a fourth-grade study guide, and it knows rabbits are mammals, too. It's studying for New York State's standard science exams.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lauren Uhr came to MIT for the research. Her first introduction to the Institute came through a research project she worked on in her hometown with John Chen '84, a thoracic surgeon who studied chemical engineering and biology while at MIT. "Dr. Chen told me about his great experience at MIT and in Boston and encouraged me to apply," Uhr says.
On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I've Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano. The idea was that Kurzweil was hiding an unusual fact and the panelists they included a comedian and a former Miss America had to guess what it was.