Education

Smart money: Parents are using college costs to teach financial lessons

NEW YORK - With U.S. college enrollment decisions for autumn due by May 1, some families are using the application process as an opportunity to teach their kids valuable lessons about finance.What college -bound children learn now about the difference between grants and loans and compound...

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:22pm

Perfecting the high school hustle

For rising high school seniors, summer break can look less like a day at the beach, and more like a nonstop college-prep crunch. While everyone wants to make themselves as desirable as possible for their dream school, there are some important things to keep in mind when considering how to spend...

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

How to beat the sleepaway camp blues

Campfire songs, faded friendship bracelets and swimming in the lake — summer camp memories are the stuff of legends. It’s no surprise little ones all over the region are anxiously awaiting their first time away from mom and dad. Despite their initial excitement, that first separation can be tough...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:19pm

Safe sex? There's an app for that

Want to be sure you’re engaging in safe, consensual sex? There’s an app for that.Really. Yes To Sex, which launched on April 8, isn’t your typical sex conversation starter. The app allows potential partners to call a timeout before doing the deed to review consent facts, share any STD information,...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:34am

Can these plantable pencils help save the planet?

Entrepreneur Michael Stausholm knows a good idea when he sees one. In 2012, when he came across a Kickstarter campaign from three MIT students who’d created a plantable pencil made from sustainable wood with a dissolvable seed-filled capsule at the end in lieu of an eraser, he knew he’d struck...

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 7:36pm

NY Knicks help young hoops fans train like the pros

There may be no greater thrill for young basketball fans than having the opportunity to train with the stars of their favorite team. This summer marks 25 years of the Knicks Summer Basketball Camp giving kids that chance by connecting young players with basketball legends.The camp has eight...

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30pm

How to continue your education without getting an expensive degree

Whether you’re considering a career change or want to dabble in a new field without spending the time — or forking over the money — for a pricey graduate program, continuing education courses can broaden your horizons. Here are five places to get back in the classroom and hone valuable skills....

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 3:18am

High school hustle: Make the most of the summer before your senior year

For rising high school seniors, summer break can look less like a day at the beach, and more like a nonstop college-prep crunch. While everyone wants to make themselves as desirable as possible for their dream school, there are some important things to keep in mind when considering how to spend...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:37pm

Is a great career still possible?

It used to be that with hard work and maybe a little luck, you could get a decent job, stick with the same company for decades and retire comfortably. Sure, you might not be rich, but you would be secure.That’s no longer the case — and it hasn’t been for awhile, argues University of Waterloo...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 6:51pm

Waitlist woes: What to do when your dream school defers you

After a grueling college application process, being waitlisted can feel like a lethal sort of limbo. After all, no one wants to be their dream school's sloppy seconds.But being waitlisted isn't the end of the world — or, less dramatically, your college prospects. Jay Bacrania, the CEO and founder...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 2:21am

Radio stars: A school for the visually impaired is innovating on the airwaves

The Golden Age of radio is long gone. Today, the once-innovativemedium is generally talked about in past tense, and tinged with sepia-toned nostalgia.But there’s something timeless about the way Orson Welles’ delivery of “The War of the Worlds” ignited fear in an entire nation, or the way Edward R...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 12:15am

Is your social media presence more important than your SAT score?

It’s hard to believe that not long ago, the first crop of college applicants to come age with social media was committing online faux pas by the thousands. It was a more innocent time, back when no one thought twice about posting Facebook photos while playing underaged beer pong. By now, we've all...

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 10:30pm

The human factor: why technology should adapt to people, not the other way around

Anyone who has ever cursed the complicated installation of a new home appliance, found themselves stuck in crowded, poorly-designed arena or spent hours on the phone with a customer service representative has surely thought: Why isn’t this more efficient? Why can’t this function better? Why...

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:14pm

High school dropouts get back on track

Attending camp and getting that first summer job are traditional rites of passage among American youth.But for those who come of age in poverty, struggle with addiction or grow up in the foster care system, youth is often defined by obstacles and uncertainty, not opportunities. Y Roads, a program...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 12:02am

The job hunt just got easier for college grads

College seniors are ordering caps and gowns and dealing with the overall panic that sets in before graduation. Soon, school will be behind the class of 2016, and what lies ahead may be less than certain.Securing employment is one of the most stressful parts of graduating from college — but it doesn...

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:49pm

The best medicine

When UMass Boston sophomore Rodney Bruno was growing up, visiting his primary care physician didn’t affirm his vision of becoming a doctor.“I thought, I don’t see anybody here who looks like me,” says Bruno, 19, the son of Haitian immigrants and the first in his family to attend college.RELATED:...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 8:34pm

No, you can't watch reality TV for class credit

The hallowed halls of academia resonate with history. Reading the classics and then pontificating on the same questions that puzzled our greatest thinkers has deluded many a college freshman into thinking he’s the first person to discover Sartre and Foucault.So do today’s undergraduates feel as...

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 12:32am

Brooklyn's hot new trend: robots

Driverless cars? Pizza delivered by a drone? Robots gentrifying Brooklyn? No, this isn’t "Total Recall." In a new mechatronics and robotics masters program at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, students are learning how to bring cutting-edge innovations to our everyday lives.Vikram...

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:26pm

Brooklyn's hot new trend: Robots

Driverless cars? Pizza delivered by a drone? Robots gentrifying Brooklyn? This isn’t science fiction. A new master’s program in Mechatronics and Robotics at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering is teaching students how to bring cutting-edge technology to our everyday lives.Dr. Vikram...

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 9:40pm

Paid internships at top companies at Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College students gain access to high-demand internships at some of Boston’s top corporations. The Learn and Earn program places BHCC students in competitive, paid internships where they gain critical hands-on, real-world experience in a potential future career.LaDonna, a...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:16pm