University of Tennessee students participating in undergrad research grows (Knox News)

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Seconds before the launch of their bright orange Rube Goldberg machine, Natalie Bogda and Su Kang had a question.  “Do we only get one try?” the University of Tennessee seniors asked after assembling the multifaceted contraption on the floor of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.  Despite their trepidation, the machine did its job without a hitch — …


GMU students make 3D printed prosthetic arm for violinist (WUSA9)

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A new beginning for a Fairfax County girl who has just received a new prosthetic arm that was designed and 3-D printed by George Mason University college students.  Isabella Nicola, 10, has been raised by her mother, Andrea Cabrera, to never say never.  “My mom’s phrase is, when you say ‘I can’t do it’, it’s ‘I can’t do it yet,’” …


The Usefulness of a March for Science (New Yorker)

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Not quite promptly at six o’clock on Saturday morning, two dozen scientists whose fields of study can’t be summarized in a sentence boarded a bus at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey, and headed south, bound for the March for Science, in Washington, D.C. “I hope it doesn’t rain,” Ed Witten, the first and only theoretical physicist …


The March for Science isn’t about what you think it’s about (Quartz)

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On Saturday, April 22—Earth Day—thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts will take to the National Mall in Washington, DC for the March of Science. The Facebook group dedicated to the march was created days after US president Donald Trump’s inauguration, and despite being invitation-only has since gathered more than 838,000 members. There are also 500 simultaneous marches that will take …


NASA and Texas instruments Launch STEM-Related Virtual Scavenger Hunt (T.H.E. Journal)

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NASA and Texas Instruments (TI) today launched “The Search for STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each week for the next six weeks, students in sixth through 12th grade will be challenged to solve space-related puzzles for a chance to unlock virtual reward points. The student team with the …


Hefty donation to promote girls’ interest in STEM (KOTA)

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and Alpha Omega Epsilon (AOE) sorority donated a little more than $2,185 dollars to Girls Inc., Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. The money will be used to fund Girls Inc.’s Operation SMART (science, math and relevant technology) class, which promotes girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and …


New Scholarships Will Increase the Quality of Computer Science Education in Arkansas (University of Arkansas)

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A gift from ForwARd Arkansas will provide scholarships for University of Arkansas students pursuing a secondary teaching license in the field of computer science. The $75,000 gift will support 10 students during their last two years of study at the U of A. “I am pleased that ForwARd Arkansas has established this scholarship to support students who are studying to …


Trump to sign Buy American, Hire American order at Snap-On (Milwaukee Business News)

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order aimed at strengthening Buy American and Hire American regulations during a visit Tuesday to the Kenosha headquarters of Snap-On Inc. The order addresses how products are used in federally funded projects and policies related to immigration, visa and guest worker programs, according to a background briefing provided to reporters by senior administration …


NSF awards Syracuse professors nearly $1M grant to recruit “underrepresented” students in STEM fields (CNY Business Journal)

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Four Syracuse University (SU) professors will use a grant of nearly $1 million for a program to “support recruitment and retention of underrepresented” students in the STEM fields. The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the funding, Syracuse said in a recent news release. Professors John Tillotson, Karin Ruhlandt, Jason Wiles, and Kandice Salomone will use the money to launch a …


8th Annual Hawaiʻi STEM Conference Ramps Up With New Venue (Maui Now)

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The annual Hawaiʻi STEM Conference, state’s largest conference celebrating students’ achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education takes place on May 1-2, 2017. For the first time in the event’s history, it will be held on Oʻahu. Prior to this year the statewide conference was held on Maui. Over 1,000 of the state’s brightest STEM stars, prominent speakers, industry …


Eloy Ortiz Oakley: Community colleges changing career training for future jobs (Sacramento Bee)

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Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders recently approved a plan to repair our state’s aging roads and bridges bringing economic and workforce issues to the forefront of the conversation. Modernizing infrastructure deserves to be a top public priority, but for workers to benefit and prosper in our economy, they must have access to necessary skills. A generation ago, high school …


Celebrating Young Women in Tech at Aspirations in Computing Awards, April 29 (UNH Manchester)

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As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and University of New Hampshire at Manchester will recognize 18 high school students and one educator for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. The award event will be held at UNH Manchester on Saturday, …


UWF Gets $1.3 Million STEM Grant (Pensacola Sands Paper)

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Eighteen University of West Florida students will benefit from a $1.3 million grant awarded to the university by the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant is meant to support UWF  students pursuing teaching careers in STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “Eighteen STEM majors will become Robert Noyce Scholars and receive funding for the cost of attending UWF …


Kart Racing, STEM Fair Returning to IMS (Inside Indiana Business)

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Purdue University says its electric karting series for high school and college students and M-STEM3 fair will return in May to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The school says the events aim to take advantage of Indiana’s racing heritage to spark students’ interest in STEM fields. The Student Karting World Finals will take place May 15-17 and feature the International Collegiate evGrandPrix …


State Board of Education to Consider Revised Science Standards (Houston Public Media)

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Texas teachers and students could soon have new, streamlined curriculum standards for science class. The State Board of Education is expected to hold a public hearing and vote on the revised standards this week. In North Houston at Herrera Elementary, fifth grade science teacher Jessi Bautista was curious about the changes. When she looked at them, she became concerned that …


INL awards STEM grants to local schools (KIFI)

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Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is awarding several grants to schools in Idaho, and two of the biggest awards will be going to schools in the area. On Monday morning representatives from INL presented a large check in the amount of $9,987.07. The elementary school plans to use it to create a “maker space” where students will get the chance to …


UMD Students Teach and Inspire Elementary Students about STEM Subjects (WDIO)

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Tayler Hebner remembers falling in love with science at an early age. The chemical engineering sophomore at UMD is now passing on her passion to younger kids in Duluth. She’s part of the STEM Outreach Program. Two times a month, graduate and undergraduate students from the Swenson College of Science and Engineering volunteer to lead hands-on science lessons to younger kids …


Washburn University launches new STEM initiative with funding from Westar, Bartlett & West and AT&T Kansas ((Topeka Capital-Journal)

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Corporations in Kansas need more science and technology-trained employees, and Washburn University wants to play a roll inspiring young students, university president Jerry Farley said Friday while announcing a new initiative and partnership with three major Topeka employers. AT&T Kansas, Westar Energy and Bartlett & West donated a combined $85,000, which will be matched with Washburn Foundation and university dollars, …


MICA awards funding to student startups, launches partnership with makerspace (Baltimore Business Journal)

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Three student startups each won $25,000 in seed funding at a Maryland Institute College of Art competition on Thursday. The school’s UP/Start Venture Competition aims to provide capital and mentorship to student ventures so they can grow into sustainable businesses. The winning startups, founded by MICA students and recent alumni, competed against five other finalist businesses for funding. During the …


Kids Reach New Heights in STEM Education Through Aviation (U.S. News & World Report)

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Emma Hall became the first solo female glider at the Giving Kids Wings Flight Academy in the summer of 2016 – not only breaking the glass ceiling but flying way above it. Hall discovered her love for aviation through a seminar offered in her Hawthorne, California, high school by the flight school where she learned about aerospace, test-fly simulators and …