This new program wants to prepare teens for careers in STEM via science and storytelling

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A new program is looking to prepare teens for careers in STEM.

Rockville, Maryland-based technology and engineering solution provider Acquired Data Solutions (ADS) partnered with Edge of Yesterday Media (EOY Media), a teen time travel novel series curator, to launch the MASTERY program, a virtual learning program teaching young people tech skills via an interactive platform. MASTERY is an acronym that highlights essential skills and topics: mindset, arts, storytelling, technology, economy, economy, reflection and you.

The companies partnered to launch MASTERY following this past summer’s On-Ramps to Careers internship program when they discovered their shared passion for working with young adults preparing to transition from high school to college and eventually full-time jobs, per a press release. ADS hosted 40 students for the internship program and developed a curriculum based on concepts like technology, economics, arts, marketing and socializing for successful career paths.

During the MASTERY program, ADS will bring its engineering expertise to design thinking and building while EOY Media will use storytelling as a vehicle for meaningful learning.

“Now more than ever, it is essential to revitalize our learning process with the hope that the next generation will emerge from this historic pandemic era stronger, more compassionate, and more grounded than before,” said ADS President Steven Seiden in a statement. “The MASTERY program comes at an opportune time when many school plans are up in the air and unclear, to provide parents with a learning approach based in science and story-telling to add substance and sustainability to their children’s educational experiences.”

MASTERY will act as an after-school program and will be run on Zoom. Participating students from ninth through 12th grade will learn things like how interviewing skills and strong communication can strengthen their chances to succeed. Currently, ADS and EOY Media are creating content and are

TikTok passes Instagram as second-most popular social app for U.S. teens

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  • TikTok has surpassed Instagram as teenagers’ second favorite social media app, according to a report published on Tuesday. 
  • The report found that 34% of teens list Snapchat as their favorite social app followed with 29% picking TikTok and 25% picking Instagram. 
  • Teen usage shows that Instagram remains in first place with 84% engagement, followed by Snapchat at 80% and TikTok at 69%, up from 62% in the spring.



Liskula Cohen et al. posing for a picture: TikTok General Manager Vanessa Pappas attends TikTok After Party at Bowlmor Lanes at Anaheim Garden Walk on July 11, 2019 in Anaheim, California.


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TikTok General Manager Vanessa Pappas attends TikTok After Party at Bowlmor Lanes at Anaheim Garden Walk on July 11, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

TikTok has surpassed Instagram as U.S. teenagers’ second-favorite social media app, according to a report published Tuesday. 

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The short-video app is now favored among teens second only to Snap’s Snapchat, according to Piper Sandler. The report found that 34% of teens list Snapchat as their favorite social app followed with 29% picking TikTok. Trailing Snapchat and TikTok was Facebook’s Instagram, with only 25% of teens picking it as their favorite social app. TikTok placed No. 3 in the spring 2020 version of the Piper Sandler report. 

Usage was a different story, according to the report. In that regard, Instagram remains in first place with 84% engagement, followed by Snapchat at 80% and TikTok at 69%, up from 62% in the spring.

The report shows TikTok is continuing to gain market share among young U.S. users, which are a key demographic for social apps. These users are next a key demographic for advertisers, which are the main source of revenue for social apps. 

To circumvent the growing TikTok threat, Facebook in August released Reels, a copycat version of TikTok that lets Instagram users make short video clips of them lip syncing, dancing or doing skits. 

TikTok is owned by China’s ByteDance. Last month, President