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NASA Administrator on Importance of STEM Education

NASA Administrator on Importance of STEM Education | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says that his agency is committed to ensuring that the next generation is prepared to take on leadership roles in the STEM disciplines.  NASA has made STEM education the basis of its learning initiatives, with an eye to addressing the crisis in education and ensuring that America has the technical expertise to compete succesfully in the new global economy.

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Science Fair Winners Visit White House

Science Fair Winners Visit White House | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Winners from among 10,000 entrants in the first-ever Google Science Fair received a once-in-a-lifetime prize: A trip to the Oval Office to meet with the President of the United States.  The three students -- all girls, ranging in age from 14-17 -- also met EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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Possibility of More AP Exams in STEM Subjects

Within the next half-dozen years or so, students with proficiencies in subjects like engineering, energy, environment, and anatomy might have greater opportunities to strut their stuff for potential colleges: The College Board is considering whether to offer new AP exams in STEM subjects.

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Cheese Dream Project Wins Fair

Cheese Dream Project Wins Fair | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Ever wondered what the effect of cheese might be on your dreams?  Rebekah Anderson did, and created a winning science fair project investigating that question.

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Making STEM Education “Cool”

Making STEM Education “Cool” | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

The challenge of engaging students in STEM education took center stage at the National Press Club last week, where a diverse panel discussed the key issues and possible solutions.

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STEM at the Center of Global Scramble for Power

STEM at the Center of Global Scramble for Power | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Science, technology, and innovation all play starring roles in the competition between countries for power in the new "knowledge economy."  Growth demands renewed focus on the area where education and the economy meet. 

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The Biggest Chemistry Experiment Ever?

The Biggest Chemistry Experiment Ever? | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

By investigating such things as the pH and salinity of their local water, students from all over the world have the opportunity to contribute to what may be the biggest chemistry experiment ever.

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"Schools of Distinction" Model STEM Education

"Schools of Distinction" Model STEM Education | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Schools from around the country are finding creative, dynamic way to approach STEM education.  Intel chose 18 models of innovation and excellence as winners of its "Schools of Distinction" awards competition.

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Citizen Scientists Help Discover Two New Planets

Citizen Scientists Help Discover Two New Planets | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Since the launch of Planet Hunters in December, 40,000 web surfers have helped in the search for new planets by crunching data collected by NASA.

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Digital Promise Initiative Emphasizes Classroom Use of Technology

Digital Promise Initiative Emphasizes Classroom Use of Technology | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

As part of the White House's new Digital Promise initiative, administrators, entrepreneurs, researchers and teachers will work together to identify and create new technologies that could have widespread application in schools.

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Getting Kids Out of the Box

Getting Kids Out of the Box | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A webinar by teacher Jill Hammonds provides strategies for "deliberate acts of teaching" that help challenge students to develop the ability to think things through.

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Inquiry Learning: Powerful Practice

Inquiry Learning: Powerful Practice | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A chemistry and biology teacher gives a snapshot of what her inquiry-based classrooms look like as a new school year gets rolling.

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New Initiative Sets Sights on Improving Science Education

New Initiative Sets Sights on Improving Science Education | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

The Biotechnology Institute's Scientists in the Classroom initiative will engage biotech companies to advance life science education both at the national level and in their communities.

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New "No Child Left Behind" Bill Features STEM

New "No Child Left Behind" Bill Features STEM | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A bill introduced yesterday by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) that would revise No Child Left Behind seeks to improve instruction in STEM subjects a the elementary through secondary levels, improve student engagement in STEM, and close the achievement gap when it comes to college prep for minorities in STEM subjects.  The bill also permits states to use funds to lure professional scientists and engineers into teaching careers.

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The 2011-2012 Shell Science Lab Challenge Is On!

The 2011-2012 Shell Science Lab Challenge Is On! | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

More than $93,000 is up for grabs by creative, industrious science teachers (grades 6-12) who best describe their innovative use of the limited lab resources that they've had available to them in the classroom.  Entries are due October 21.

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Army's Chemical Biological Center Introduces STEM to Students

Army's Chemical Biological Center Introduces STEM to Students | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

The Army believes that tomorrow's jobs will demand STEM proficiency from today students.  the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland exposed 400 middle and high school students to a day of exploring STEM careers.

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Classes and Scores Soar With Incentives for A.P. Tests

Classes and Scores Soar With Incentives for A.P. Tests | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Worcester, MA high school math teacher Joe Nystrom receives kudos in The New York Times for innovative approach to boosting AP course participation.

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Bing's Stefan Weitz Talks Science and Technology

Bing's Stefan Weitz Talks Science and Technology | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

With an unbridled fascination for all things science, Stefan Weitz, a senior director with Microsoft's Bing, makes geekdom cool.  He's one of Microsoft's "Heroes of STEMtember."

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Survey Shows STEM Engagement Begins in the Early Years

Survey Shows STEM Engagement Begins in the Early Years | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

According to a new survey by Microsoft, the decision by students to pursue a STEM-related degree often happens in middle school or even earlier.

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Why Math and Science Education Means More Jobs

U.S. News columnist Mort Zuckerman makes a case for the importance of math and science education for a vital economy.

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The Accidental Techie

The Accidental Techie | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Blogger Emily K. Schwartz makes some interesting points in her post about opening doors into STEM fields for girls, who may not naturally be drawn to them.

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How to Improve STEM Education

It is the STEM workforce that drives the nation's innovation, progress and economic growth. Yet, employers struggle to find qualified candidates to fill STEM positions and with good reason - STEM workers made up only 5.5 percent of America's 2010 workforce. How do we bridge the gap between supply and demand of these workers?

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High School Science Fair Project Prompts Investigation of Toxics in Dry Cleaning

High School Science Fair Project Prompts Investigation of Toxics in Dry Cleaning | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Toxic solvents used in dry cleaning may be hazardous to your health.  That's the finding of Alexa Dantzler, who examined the health impact of dry cleaning as part of a science fair project when she was 15.  

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The Density Dunk: Using Inquiry & Problem-Based Learning to Teach the Density Concept

The Density Dunk: Using Inquiry & Problem-Based Learning to Teach the Density Concept | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Many students do not develop a strong conceptual sense of density, despite being able to perform density calculations.  Active and cooperative learning can help bring the concept to life.

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Toshiba's STEMpowerment Project Takes to the Road

Toshiba's STEMpowerment Project Takes to the Road | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Toshiba's DREAM, CREATE, GO! Roadshow launched this week in Irvine, California -- the first of three stops in the effort to inspire teachers, parents, and students in STEM.

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