STEM stories this week on CNN Student News
November 10th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

STEM stories this week on CNN Student News

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math stories on CNN Student News this week:

Monday – Asteroid flies by Earth and an international crew emerges after 520-day simulated mission to Mars

Wednesday – Technology can be a path to opportunity for young people

Friday – Africa's western black rhino is extinct and scientists move black rhinos in South Africa.

CNN Student News is a commercial-free, ten-minute news program for middle and high school students. You will find videos and transcripts of the stories listed above on our website. In addition, we offer Daily Discussion questions aligned with several of our news stories.

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November 10th, 2011
02:38 PM ET

South Korean students' 'year of hell' culminates with exams day

Seoul (CNN) - Most South Korean students consider their final year in high school "the year of hell." It is when all students are put to the ultimate test.

About 700,000 test applicants sat down in classrooms across the country Thursday to take their college entrance exams - also known as the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT).

The stock markets opened an hour late, buses and subway services were increased and police cars offered rides for students, all to ensure they made it on time.

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November 10th, 2011
11:52 AM ET

Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley – Educator and Parent Guide

Educators and Parents: This Educator and Parent Guide is provided for teachers and parents to use as a catalyst for discussion and learning if they choose to watch this program with their students. CNN provides Educator and Parent Guides for all of its "In America" programming.

While much of the country struggles to emerge from a recession, California's Silicon Valley is booming, and technology companies like Facebook, Skype, and Apple are seeing their valuations soar. CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien reports that the ownership of this digital boom is mostly young, white, and male. For her fourth Black in America documentary, O'Brien asks why, according to industry analyst CB Insights, less than one percent of all venture capital money went to digital startups with African-American founders in 2010. She follows the progress of eight strangers after they were selected to live together for nine weeks in a unique, technology-focused "accelerator" developed to help African-American digital entrepreneurs secure funding to establish their businesses. Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley airs November 13th at 8pm ET/PT and re-airs Nov. 13 at 11:00p.m. ET/PT

Watch or record "Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley" when it airs on CNN on Sunday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and re-airs Nov. 13 at 11:00p.m. ET/PT. By recording the documentary, you agree that you will use the program for educational viewing purposes for a one-year period only. No other rights of any kind or nature whatsoever are granted, including, without limitation, any rights to sell, publish, distribute, post online or distribute in any other medium or forum, or use for any commercial or promotional purpose.

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November 10th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the Schools of Thought Editors are reading today:

The Collegian Online: Penn St. University students offer their perspective on the sex abuse scandal and its fallout:
The Collegian Online: Board of Trustees fire Paterno, Graham Spanier

The Collegian Online: Students fill Beaver Canyon in riot in response to firing of Joe Paterno

Education Week: Is Youth Football Contributing to the College Gender Gap?
Recent studies suggest that playing youth football could be contributing to a decline in boys attending college.

USA Today: College adds locker rooms to gender-neutral policy
The majority of American universities are moving beyond co-ed dorms and offering gender-neutral housing. Iowa's Grinnell College is taking that concept a step further.

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Duncan to hold Twitter Town Hall
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
November 10th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Duncan to hold Twitter Town Hall

Have a question for the nation’s chief education officer?  Secretary Arne Duncan will hold his second #AskArne Twitter Town Hall on Monday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  The event will also be broadcast live on the Education Department’s UStream channel 
You can begin tweeting your questions now by using the hashtag #AskArne.

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November 10th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

Penn St. students take to streets after Paterno, president lose jobs

State College, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Hundreds of Penn State students spilled into the streets early Thursday after news that legendary coach Joe Paterno and the school's president were ousted over a child sex abuse scandal at the university.

What started as an apparent celebration of Paterno turned raucous, as the crowd in the central Pennsylvania town of State College tipped over a news van and decried the media.

The disturbance - which cleared after a few hours - came shortly after university trustees announced Wednesday night that Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football, and Penn State President Graham Spanier had lost their jobs, effective immediately.

"What can I say, I'm no longer the coach," Paterno told about 15 students gathered outside his house late Wednesday night. "It's going to take some time to get used to. It's been 61 years."

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