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100Kin10 is a national movement to train 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers over the coming 10 years.
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Students With Autism Choose STEM Majors, if They Go to College

Students With Autism Choose STEM Majors, if They Go to College | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

The results of a new study confirm that students with autism spectrum disorders gravitate toward majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM—if they make it to college in the first place.

Researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis found that about 34 percent of students with an autism spectrum disorder chose STEM majors. That inclination was not only higher than students with other types of disabilities, but also higher than students without disabilities, about 23 percent of whom declared a STEM major. Students with autism were most likely to choose science and computer science among the variety of STEM majors.

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Recruiting 100K New Teachers? Great... But Will They Stay? | Education on GOOD

Recruiting 100K New Teachers? Great... But Will They Stay?  | Education on GOOD | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it
President Obama hopes to recruit 100,000 math and science teachers to America's classrooms. Great move--we need a well-prepared 21st-century workforce, and qualified math and science teachers can help.
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U.S. lags in math, science: What O.C.'s doing about it

U.S. lags in math, science: What O.C.'s doing about it | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

Orange Lutheran High School seniors Kailey Fox and Niki Khajeh shined an ultraviolet light over a bacteria sample, looking for a gene found in a particular species of jellyfish.
Under the light's glare, the gene's proteins began to emit a fluorescent glow, enabling the duo to isolate it; then, they meticulously placed test tube samples into a centrifuge to extract and purify the protein.

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Funders Set New Round of Support for STEM Teachers

 

A national network is launching a second “innovation fund” with a goal of raising $20 million to support what it calls entrepreneurial approaches to bringing more high-quality teachers into the STEM disciplines.
The new fund got started with $5 million in initial commitments, announced last month, from three philanthropies: the Amgen Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Samueli Foundation.

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Exploring the “Secret Lives of Scientists” « Annie Murphy Paul

Do you know the web program “Secret Lives of Scientists”? If you’re someone who likes science, and especially if you’re someone who thinks you don’t like science, you should check it out. It aims to bring viewers “the human side of science” through a series of intimate, engaging, and funny videos about scientists and engineers, each of whom has a “secret”—an unexpected interest or habit or background.

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Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions.
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Enhancing Chemistry Basics with Technology - video

Enhancing Chemistry Basics with Technology - video | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it
Technology use can help students gain a deeper understanding of topics, and make it easier for students to collaborate. Watch a video showing technology with a Chemistry project, but the ideas can be utilized with peer teaching on any subject.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Should coding be the new Latin? | PR & Digital Blog

Google, Microsoft and other leading tech firms are getting behind a campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills in schools with some saying that coding should become the new Latin.

These computer giants are lending their support to 'Next Gen' - a report that was pitched to the government earlier this year which argued that the UK could become a 'global hub' for the creative industries but only if the education system pulled its socks up.

Looking at recent statistics on the number of people going to university to study things like computing, you can understand why the digital industry is urging ministers to review the system.

Everyone knows that computers are the tool of the 21st century as Alex Hope, co-author of this Livingstone Hope Review points out. It's just that the UK isn't doing enough to encourage or support the next generation of programmers.

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Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included | Video on TED.com

What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time ... "

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Rovio Teams With CERN to Offer Angry Birds-Based Physics Curriculum

Rovio Teams With CERN to Offer Angry Birds-Based Physics Curriculum | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it
Rovio Entertainment has teamed up with CERN, which runs the world’s biggest particle-physics lab, to bestow quantum physics knowledge upon young children in an effort dubbed “Angry Birds Playground.”

“With Playground products, kids can have fun and learn more about physics than they would’ve in the ‘old-fashioned’ style of learning,” Rovio’s CMO Peter Vesterbacka says in a statement. “I’ve been to CERN and experienced it myself. It’s a fun place to visit!”

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Study: Students Want Teachers To Use Technology ASAP | Edudemic

Study: Students Want Teachers To Use Technology ASAP | Edudemic | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

One of my favorite comments ever was from a teacher who was talking about her journey bringing technology into her classroom and developing activities around the tools she had found.

She was enjoying herself, the students loved the activities and were learning the material – so what could be going wrong?

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Women's group to STEM-ulate students' interest in science, math

Bushland Elementary School Principal Bobbye Morgan said girls have the same skills to work in science-based career fields, but they often are not encouraged to pursue those types of careers.
"We have such a potential in our girls," Morgan said.
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The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts!

The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts! | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

President Obama believes “The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” The problem is that our “quality” teachers and their administrators are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs. This is because we are stuck in an outdated system that values test scores and grades rather than creativity and innovation.

This is no secret. America’s great scientists and innovators have been clear about how our nation’s schools need to change to support great thinkers like themselves. Unfortunately it seems those with the power to make decisions (the politicians and corporations) are not listening to the very type of people we say we want our students to become.

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'Curious George' Boosts Children's Science, Math Skills, Study Finds

'Curious George' Boosts Children's Science, Math Skills, Study Finds | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

Although he rarely says a thing, all of the silent wondering "What if?" by Curious George that leads to disaster, adventure, and fun, is rubbing off on children.

A new study of the PBS KIDS television series based on the books by H. A. Rey and Margret Rey finds that the show and books developed to tie into the program improved the science and math test scores of 4- and 5-year-olds.

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Full STEAM ahead: Arts, STEM, and 21st century learning

Full STEAM ahead: Arts, STEM, and 21st century learning | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

It’s autumn in the Rockies and a season for debate and confrontation. In nature, the bugle call of the male elk woos mates and incites challengers for control of the harem. In politics, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney return again and again to the West to assert their positions. Why fight it? This month, let’s take a look at the argument for adding an “A” to STEM to create STEAM and acknowledge the role of the arts in 21st century learning.

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STEM related contests and competitions | Generation YES Blog

STEM related contests and competitions | Generation YES Blog | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

Check out some of these Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related contests and competitions. (from ITEEA)

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Commentary: Keeping the ‘T’ in STEM

For some of us working directly with girls in elementary and middle schools, it has been easier to ignore technology and offer experiences and activities in the other three STEM components: Science, Engineering, and Math.
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Engaging Students in Math

Engaging Students in Math | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

The last month has seen a plethora of discussions about the necessity for teaching math beyond what most jobs consider necessary. Much of it started from Andrew Hacker's now infamous article on whether math is necessary, to which a bunch of us replied with equal fervor (Dan Willingham's and Sherman Dorn's pieces are great rejoinders). What we all seem to agree on is that, indeed, the way we teach math matters. Lots. Having a positive environment for kids where they feel like they can actually do math without feeling like they're complete failures matters a lot.

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Using Khan Academy as a Math Engagement Strategy

Using Khan Academy as a Math Engagement Strategy | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it
Using Khan Academy to help teach high school Math students. Watch as one school uses Khan Academy to help students catch up with Math. Teachers have seen students stay engaged and do more homework as a result of using the Khan Academy.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. The Award offers both national and local "affiliate" competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide. THE AWARD IS OPEN NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31: APPLY NOW!

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The Rise of Women in Tech [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Rise of Women in Tech [INFOGRAPHIC] | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

Did you know that Ada Lovelace, a computer scientist from England, is considered to be the first computer programmer? With her code-like language, she created a model for Charles Babbage’s analytical engine in the mid-1800s.

Nearly two centuries later, there are some very impressive women working in technology, such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. However, women still only make up just 25% of the workforce in STEM — that is, science, technology, engineering and mathematics — careers.

This infographic takes a look at some of the brilliant ladies whose contributions to the STEM fields are an inspiration to all women — and men.

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Got Engineers, America? Have Your Kids Study Lego Bricks in School! - Forbes

Got Engineers, America? Have Your Kids Study Lego Bricks in School! - Forbes | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it
BrickCon 2012 was still disassembling it's last Lego brick structures on Monday morning in Seattle. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of BrickCon and the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
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The Teacher’s Quick Guide To STEM Education | Edudemic

The Teacher’s Quick Guide To STEM Education | Edudemic | STEM News, Tools and Resources | Scoop.it

With all the acronyms that determine hundreds of different areas of education, it is easy to confuse them all. Since 2001, the letters STEM have been a normal part of educational vocabulary.

The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This program was started by Judith A. Ramaley, the former director of the National Science Foundation’s education and human-resources division.

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