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Sing a New Song: Computer Scientists Use Music to Lure Students to STEM Majors
March 8, 2013
To students in Jennifer Burg's computer science classes, making music is the main objective. But her goal is to get them to understand how the underlying technology works--and to love it so much they decide on a science-based career path. And that, Burg's study has shown, has helped Wake Forest University fulfill the national imperative to increase the number of majors in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
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