Revamped “Anti-Science” Education Bills in U.S. Find Success (Scientific American)

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State and local legislatures in the United States are experimenting with new ways to target the topics taught in science classes, and it seems to be paying dividends. Florida’s legislature approved a bill on May 5 that would enable residents to challenge what educators teach students. And two other states have already approved non-binding legislation this year urging teachers to …


Career Advice: How To Overcome The Six Most Common PhD Worries (UW-Madison STEM Diversity Network)

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I’m not as bright as everyone else “Impostor syndrome” is often seen as the biggest cause of PhD stress. It is the irrational fear of being “found out” and being seen as “not smart enough” to be undertaking a PhD. Compounded by the self-doubt that comes with being unable to meet mythical standards that PhD students often believe others expect …


A galaxy of discovery awaits Square Root students in weekend STEM program (Sacramento Bee)

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Before he signed up for Square Root Academy, Ray Newman never thought much about science. When he did, “I thought it was insects, bugs, the human body, outer space,” said Ray, 11. Now he’s discovering the joys of engineering and physics, of sensors and circuit boards and other “cool stuff” behind the toys, tools and gadgets of everyday life. Square …


How I Landed My Dream Job Working On Self-driving Cars (Udacity)

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I graduated high school in 2009 and I knew back then that the Tesla Roadster was cool — really cool. I paid attention to Tesla Motors and followed the release of the Model S. During college I would go to the nearest Telsa showroom and go for test rides just for fun. Now, I had no idea what the future held. I …


Want to Help NASA Make a FabLab in Space? (MAKE)

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Ever dreamt of designing a makerspace for astronauts to use? NASA is accepting prototypes and applications from the public to put a makerspace aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Many people do not realize that the public can interact with, and more specifically work with NASA. The agency releases public calls for proposals and prototypes all the time. Anyone, including small businesses and individuals, …


49ers Host Leaders in Sports, Tech, & Education; Co-Launch The Sport and STEM Alliance (49ers.com)

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On Tuesday, May 9th, the San Francisco 49ers hosted at Levi’s® Stadium Beyond Innovation presented by Chevron, a one-day event which brought together thought leaders from across the globe in sport, technology and education to engage in productive conversation and find tangible solutions to tackling the improvement of STEM education through sport. The second installment of this event was held …


#AGis Town Hall Reaches Thousands (Feed, Nourish, Thrive.)

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This past week the STEM Food and Ag Council of STEMconnector sponsored its first ever #AGIs Town Hall Event, held at the Jack Morton Arena on Thursday, April 27. This even invited local area college and high school students and was live streamed across the world, garnering over six thousand views, reaching close to nine thousand people. Speakers at the …


Stigma Hobbles Career and Technical Education (Education Week)

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Students in career and technical education are happier with their high school experience, and more likely to finish high school, than students who don’t take CTE classes. But the career-oriented approach to learning hasn’t managed to shake the old stigma that it’s a pathway to blue-collar work for students who aren’t college material. That image problem could be one reason …


Matthew Randazzo (CEO, NMSI): Students Shouldn’t Live in STEM Deserts (U.S. News & World Report)

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More than ever, a high-quality math and science education is the foundation for opportunity. By 2020, almost two-thirds of all jobs will require post-secondary education or training – education that is supported by the critical thinking and problem-solving skills learned in math and science. In the same period, almost as many jobs will require basic literacy in science, technology, engineering …


Will companies like Infosys and Cognizant be able to find enough American workers? (Quartz)

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As the American dream sours for foreign workers, tech companies have their eyes peeled for local talent. Immigrant workers have long flocked to US tech companies, with nearly two-thirds of the H-1B visas in 2014 allocated to those in computer-related occupations. While IBM, Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are among the top contenders for the 85,000 new visas each year, …


Utah Schools Receive Official State STEM Designation (Utah Business)

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The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Friday approved eight public schools for the Utah STEM School Designation. This is the second group of schools to be selected since the program began last year. USBE, in partnership with the Utah STEM Action Center, developed the Utah STEM Schools Designation program to better define and standardize the elements that create a …


Idaho Education Network receives $8,000 STEM grant (KMVT)

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The Idaho STEM Action Center has granted $42,000 to the Educate Idaho Network to fund science, technology, engineering, and math projects throughout the state — including $8,000 to the South Central Idaho Education Partnership in Twin Falls. The Educate Idaho Network was formed to help increase the number of Gem State residents who pursue college and career preparation after high …


$100,000 Grant for Stem Education Benefiting Local Schools (WCTV)

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Students at Buck Lake Elementary School will get a head start in STEM education, thanks to Florida State University’s Florida Center for Research in STEM. The Florida Center for Research in STEM recently received a $100,000 grant that is being used to benefit local schools, including Buck Lake. The money will go towards 3-D printers, STEM training for teachers, and …


DOD needs cyberwarriors so badly it may let skilled recruits skip boot camp (ars technica)

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The US military is having a hard time getting people with essential information technology and information security skill sets as the services struggle to build a force of “cyber-warriors.” During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, senators focused in part on how the work force problem is affecting the US Cyber Command’s (US CYBERCOM’s) ability to deal with the …



Microsoft, McDonald’s and TiViTz Partner on Office 365 Classroom Challenge (The Learning Counsel)

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For the past three months, Microsoft and TiViTz, a math and strategy game, have collaborated on a unique program that allows students to compete for prizes while playing TiViTz through the Microsoft Office 365 Education platform. Based in the Hillsborough county school district of Florida, 16,000 games have been played so far and classrooms are winning weekly prizes sponsored by …


FIRST Robotics and Southern Company Are Helping Create the STEM Workers of Tomorrow (Mother Nature Network)

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At the FIRST Tech Challenge’s South Super-Regional Championship in March, presented by Southern Company, teams from Texas to Virginia competed for coveted spots in the national championship. Each team designed a robot, using a parts kit provided, that they hoped would outperform other teams’ robots at the assigned challenge — in this year’s case, moving balls onto targets. Employees from …


Derby’s Kathleen Malone named STEM Teacher of the Year (The Patriot Ledger)

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After three years at Derby Academy, Kathleen Malone has been named The Hall at Patriot Place’s Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year. She will be honored at a summit in November, and the school will receive $5,000 for STEM education. Malone, a Norwell resident, teaches math and engineering at Derby Academy, and also oversees the STEM projects in the middle …


BYU-Idaho to host Agricultural Science Center Open House (Rexburg Standard Journal)

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Brigham Young University-Idaho invites students, employees, and the public to tour one of its newly completed facilities on Thursday, May 18, from noon to 5 p.m. The Agricultural Science Center located at 5360 W. Highway 33 in Rexburg will open its doors to share how it provides real-world experience to students in the BYU-Idaho Animal & Food Science Department. Elder …


Pruning Dead-End Pathways in Career and Technical Ed. (Education Week)

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Warren County High School leaders knew they had a problem on their hands. Too many of their graduates were fixing lawnmower engines, a dead-end job in a declining industry, while right down the road, manufacturers were clamoring for workers with sophisticated technology skills to support the area’s booming automotive industry. This small-town high school decided to right that imbalance. School …