After-school club boost for poor pupils

BBC News

After-school clubs and sports can improve the academic performance and social skills of disadvantaged primary school pupils, research finds. Poorer primary children who had taken part in after-school clubs were found to get better results at age 11 than peers from similar homes who had not. The Nuffield Foundation says clubs are an "easy vehicle" for enrichment. The findings come as ministers plan to use money from a sugar tax on fizzy drinks to fund after-school activities. The researchers analysed information on more than 6,400 children in England taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study, which has been following children born in 2000-01 from birth.


High school football team uses mannequin challenge as secret weapon

Mashable

This is far from the first mannequin challenge, but it might be the most practical. We've seen athletes dabble in the mannequin challenge during the trend's peak over the past couple months. But most of those attempts were just for show. The Del Oro High School football team busted out the mannequin challenge long enough to distract its opponents after a touchdown. So when they suddenly broke character and switched formations for a two-point conversion, the defense was fooled.


Curiosity and the Development of Question Generation Skills

AAAI Conferences

The current study investigates the relationship between children’s curiosity and question asking ability. Generation of two types of questions was assessed: identification (yes/no questions asked to identify a target from an array) and understanding questions, asked to learn more about a topic. The latter was related to children’s curiosity, as was the ability to recognize the effectiveness of questions in solving a mystery. Training on asking identification questions was effective in improving children’s ability to ask that type of question, but did not transfer to the other task. Training on asking understanding questions was not successful. Children’s curiosity did not influence the effectiveness of the training.


Using Multiple Representations to Simultaneously Learn Computational Thinking and Middle School Science

AAAI Conferences

Computational Thinking (CT) is considered a core competency in problem formulation and problem solving. We have developed the Computational Thinking using Simulation and Modeling (CTSiM) learning environment to help middle school students learn science and CT concepts simultaneously. In this paper, we present an approach that leverages multiple linked representations to help students learn by constructing and analyzing computational models of science topics. Results from a recent study show that students successfully use the linked representations to become better modelers and learners.


Coroner finds no evidence of trauma in Colton sixth-grader who died after school soccer game

Los Angeles Times

A Colton sixth-grader who collapsed during a school soccer game and died Tuesday suffered from an enlarged heart and early signs of congestive heart failure, according to a preliminary coroner's report. The death of 12-year-old Dominick Gallegos stunned classmates at Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School this week, while the boy's parents claimed that a bully had stomped on their son's chest. On Thursday, however, the San Bernardino County Coroner posted a preliminary autopsy that reported no evidence of trauma in the boy's death. "An autopsy was performed on Dominick today," the report stated. "No evidence of trauma was found.