The America COMPETES Act (. 110-69) became law on August 9, 2007. It is intended to increase the nation's investment in science and engineering research and in STEM education from kindergarten to graduate school and postdoctoral education. The act authorizes funding increases for the National Science Foundation , National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories, and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science over FY2008–FY2010. Robert Gabrys, Director of Education at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center , articulated success as increased student achievement, early expression of student interest in STEM subjects, and student preparedness to enter the workforce.
The mysterious video was filmed at Deerpark school in Cork, Ireland, after motion-activated cameras were installed on site. It seems to shows a door opening and closing of its own accord, furniture rocking back and forth unaided and a locker flying open and spilling paper. Principal Kevin Barry said: 'Obviously we were alerted to movement in the school and when we went back to review the movement that's what we saw. We do feel there is something strange going on because people do get from time to time a real chill in the air when they go past that area.'