Remembering Sputnik as US aims to advance computer science education

Sixty years ago this week, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The historic moment meant not only that the space race with the United States was on, but so were U.S. efforts to provide stronger math and science education to its young people, writes Brad Smith, Microsoft president, and Carol Ann Browne, Microsoft director of executive communications, in a new post in the “Today in Technology” series on LinkedIn.

Today, “Computer science is to our time what physics was to the middle of the 20th century,” Smith and Browne write. “It is reshaping every part of society, and no nation can prosper without providing its students with an opportunity to learn to code. This has sparked a new movement to bring computer science to schools, led by non-profit groups and companies across the tech sector.”

Decades later, leaders on both sides of the political aisle have taken steps to support better math and science education in the U.S. “As in the year following Sputnik, the biggest recent advances are attributable to two individuals from differing parts of the political spectrum,” Smith and Browne write.

The first was former President Barack Obama, who proposed federal funding to bring computer science into the nation’s schools. The second is Ivanka Trump, who as advisor to the president, consulted with non-profit and tech leaders and formulated a $1 billion, five-year plan to provide federal funding to advance computer science and other science and math subjects in the nation’s public schools.

“It’s easy to look at the events of 2017 and yearn for a Sputnik moment that can unite the nation,” they note. “But even in the absence of such an opportunity, it’s heartening to see leaders from both political parties recognize that, as in 1957, technology is on the move. The future of our children requires that education move forward with it.”

Read the full post on LinkedIn.

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Open Ears Forum - London 2017

Open Ears Forum – London 2017

Open Ears Forum - London 2017

On the 23rd of September 2017 we held our first ever Open Ears Forum. Successful applicants from all over Europe attended to sit down with our customer support’s senior leadership team. We wanted to hear first hand their experiences and discuss our future plans to improve, getting instant feedback and working together on new ideas.

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YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters - What’s New - Nintendo 3DS

YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters – What’s New – Nintendo 3DS

YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters - What’s New - Nintendo 3DS

Get wicked and complete the ultimate YO-KAI WATCH™ experience. The strange but friendly troublemakers, Yo-kai, are back in a time-traveling adventure, and this time their mysterious world is packed with new exclusive quests, Wicked Yo-kai to befriend, new areas to explore, and a revamped Blasters action co-op mode* featuring new bosses.

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3D Creator: Make yourself the star of Blade Runner 2049

Picked up Xperia XZ1 or XZ1 Compact? Into Sci-FI? Then you’ll be pleased to know you can use 3D Creator to put yourself into the Blade Runner 2049* world (which, by the way, has incredible reviews and is out today.)

How? First off, download Shadow from Google Play.

Then create or select a previous head scan using 3D Creator, choose “Share” and select the Shadow app, which will recognise you’re using an XZ1 or XZ1 Compact and serve up the exclusive Blade Runner 2049 experience in the “Hollywood” section.

Enjoy the sight of your good self prowling through dystopian Los Angeles, all accompanied by an irresistible neo-noir electronic soundtrack.

It’s a cool showcase of the power and potential of 3D Creator. We’ll keep you posted on other experiences as they land.

Catch Blade Runner 2049 as it opens in theaters from today – check your local listings for all the latest information.

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