Idaho’s new science-education standards aim to appease state lawmakers (The Seattle Times)

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Revisions to Idaho’s K-12 science standards downplay the negative impacts of human activity on climate change as part of the latest attempt to appease Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature. Earlier this year, lawmakers approved updating the state’s science standards after striking key references to human behavior and climate change. However, that approval wasn’t permanent. Instead, lawmakers put a one-year expiration date on …


Bethany Koby: Why Technology is a Creative Subject, Not a Science (Getting Smart)

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Using technology to make the world a better place should be one of the primary objectives of humanity. Whether you talk about massive existential issues like hunger or poverty, advancing our ability to counteract natural disasters or making it easier to communicate freely with people all around the world, technology has the potential to enable us to solve our problems. …


Look Out Elon — A Bunch of Students Have Set a Rocket Record (WIRED)

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NOT LONG AGO, only national governments had the resources to reach space. Then the tech titans proved anyone with a few billion dollars could get there. Now, a bunch of students have shown that getting off Earth doesn’t even have to cost that much. On a peanuts budget and working in their spare time, engineering undergrads at the University of Southern California …


Best time to build a love of STEM? It’s after the school day ends, research says (The Hechinger Report)

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After-school programs can help students develop an interest in science, technology, engineering or math. If children haven’t developed an interest in those fields by the time they leave middle school, then it’s unlikely to happen. After-school programs can help expose students to more than they see in the regular school day, providing an opportunity for them to develop these interests. …


Texas ASCD, USAA and Discovery Education Team Up to Launch New STEM and Financial Literacy Education Program Across San Antonio Public Schools (Discovery Education)

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Today, Discovery Education, a leading provider of digital content and professional development in K-12 schools; USAA; and the Texas ASCD, an association for teaching, learning and leading, announced a new multi-year investment to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career development and financial literacy in San Antonio-area middle and high schools. Named STEMvest, this innovative education initiative will reach …


University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering receives $425,000 NSF REU award (EurekAlert!)

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According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), research experience is one of the most effective avenues for attracting students to and retaining them in science and engineering, as well as to preparing them for careers in these fields. Thanks to NSF, an engineering program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering will once again be able to better …


Camden students get ConnectED at Alabama Power: Computer, engineering jobs await (Alabama News Center)

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It’s said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In the case of students at Hobbs Elementary School in Camden, Apple is ensuring kids’ intellectual growth through its ConnectED program. At the start of the school year, every one of Hobbs’ 600 students received an iPad, thanks to Apple ConnectED. On May 15, Alabama Power provided a two-hour program that helped …


Work–life balance: Break or burn out (Nature)

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Twice a week, postdoc Phil Auckland leaves the lab at 5:30 p.m. and drives an hour out of Coventry, UK, to a mountain-bike racing track and hills. Here, he finds diversion and distraction from his research programme in a cell-biology lab at the University of Warwick. “It requires so much focus and concentration, doing tricks and jumps, that you are …


XTO Energy inspiring female students to pursue STEM careers (NewsWest9.com)

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It is no surprise more men pursue STEM related careers but XTO Energy is hoping to inspire the next generation. It is called Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The organizers of the event say they hope to increase the less than 20 percent of women that get engineering degrees. “You can do engineering too, just like your brothers or your dads …


Baby Cakes host S.T.E.M. Day at ballpark (The Times-Picayune)

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The New Orleans Baby Cakes hosted students from forty area elementary and middle schools during their annual S.T.E.M. Day at the Shrine on Airline. Unfortunately it was the visiting Salt Lake Bees who gave a lesson in physics and math, piling up the hits and runs in the top of their six-run ninth to blow open a close game. While …


Arconic Foundation Awards $600,000 to Expand Advanced Manufacturing Education Worldwide (Business Wire)

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Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic Inc. (NYSE: ARNC), has awarded six US$100,000 grants as part of its Advanced Manufacturing Education Grant Program to improve advanced manufacturing education. The program was launched to catalyze and elevate innovative education programs focusing on emerging transformative technologies for the manufacturing industry. In the next two years, academic and training institutions …


A Caltech Professor Harassed Two Women. Now Students Are Protesting His Return To Campus. (Buzzfeed)

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Students at the California Institute of Technology are protesting the return to campus of a professor of theoretical astrophysics, Christian Ott, who had been suspended after harassing two female students. In the fall of 2015, after an internal investigation found that Ott had violated the university’s harassment policies, Caltech suspended the tenured professor for nine months. Subsequently, without explanation, the …


Aviation Institute of Maintenance Campuses Selected to Partner with Delta Air Lines (prweb)

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A number of Aviation Institute of Maintenance campuses have been selected for a partnership with Delta Air Lines. With this partnership, the campuses gain an industry resource in their efforts to train students in their quest to become FAA certified aviation maintenance technicians. A number of Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) campuses have been selected by Delta Air Lines for …


Geometry classes’ model projects may actually end up getting built by district (MLive.com)

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Coopersville High School math teachers Renee Fay and Ryan Freehling were looking for a way to show students what they were learning in  geometry classes was useful. That’s when they hit upon the idea of having their students design an outdoor educational space for the school district. After having a panel of judges review the projects and pick a winner, …


Bringing STEM to life: In cross-pond collaboration, JFK students team up with counterparts in England on water quality projects (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

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Seventh-graders in the community room of JFK Middle School scoot their chairs toward the front of the room as three uniformed boys appear on a large screen. “Hello! Hello! Hola!” pipe voices from the screen. The American students wave in slow circles to their U.K. counterparts, and the uniformed boys in England mirror the gesture. “This is how the queen …


Partnership between IUPUI and Duke Energy Foundation brings science to schools (Indiana University)

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About 180 eighth-graders donned lab coats and learned about the science of spring storms on May 11, thanks to a partnership between Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Center for Earth and Environmental Science and the Duke Energy Foundation. The event at Brownsburg East Middle School was the first stop for a mobile science lab that will travel the state to encourage …


STEM students who learn by example may miss key concepts, study finds (PHYS.org)

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No matter how smart, well-prepared or hard-working, many college students struggle with rigorous introductory science courses because their approach to learning fails to provide a working knowledge of abstract concepts that underlie examples presented in the classroom, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. “Our results find that individual differences in how learners acquire and represent concepts is …


Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Conference Comes to San Francisco (San Francisco Patch)

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The annual WiSTEM Conference (Women in STEM), a core initiative of MKF, announced new dates and a new affiliation with the Mobile World Congress Americas event. WiSTEM 2017 will be held September 11-12 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco, with a VIP reception scheduled for September 10 and an awards dinner on September 11, providing multiple networking and …


TERC Hosts 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase, Funded by NSF, to Highlight Innovation in STEM Education (PRNewswire)

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If you’re a researcher, practitioner, policy maker, or parent interested in inspiring students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, how can you find out about innovative initiatives to improve STEM education? One answer is the STEM for All Video Showcase, http://stemforall2017.videohall.com. Running May 15th – 22nd, the showcase is an open and free online event that features …


Hundreds of Cleveland Students Join Industry Leaders, Education Nonprofit for Screening of “Hidden Figures,” Discussion of STEM Opportunities (NMSI)

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About 300 Cleveland Municipal School District sophomores spoke with scientists, engineers and other professionals from NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland State University and Evergreen Cooperatives about college and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields after watching a special screening of the critically acclaimed, box office hit “Hidden Figures.” “We all need role models who can inspire us …