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STEM Infographic: What Girls Say About STEM. Ages 14-17 Years Old | STEMOLOGIST

STEM Infographic: What Girls Say About STEM. Ages 14-17 Years Old | STEMOLOGIST | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Some interesting insights for STEM Education. What high school girls are saying...
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Astronaut Barbara Morgan to help develop new Meridian school science program

Astronaut Barbara Morgan to help develop new Meridian school science program | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Next fall, Meridian’s Linder Elementary School will become the Barbara Morgan STEM Academy.
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Mapping the Field of Engineering Education Research Conference | University of Michigan

Mapping the Field of Engineering Education Research Conference | University of Michigan | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

At the Mapping the Field conference, a broad and diverse group of researchers and other stakeholders from the national and international community will work towards developing the taxonomy. Participants will engage in a series of activities to review white papers that describe ongoing efforts categorize the field and will do the initial work of creating the taxonomy. Following the conference, there will be several opportunities (online interactions, public comment periods, and open conference sessions) to engage the broad community in refining the taxonomy.

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Engineering Students Get Deliciously Inventive

Engineering Students Get Deliciously Inventive | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

For the engineering course’s capstone project, students had to design, build, and test a cooking-related device. The catch: Whatever they dreamed up had to use sensors, actuators, and a quantitative display.

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ASTM Debuts The Professor's Tool Kit

ASTM Debuts The Professor's Tool Kit | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

ASTM International has produced a new academic offering to help university professors provide information about technical standards as part of their engineering and business curricula. The ASTM Professor’s Tool Kit, available in both DVD and online, contains various informational tools to help educators promote awareness of standards in the classroom.

Understanding that engaging and providing tools for university professors has been the most effective way to reach the next generation of technical experts enrolled in universities worldwide, an ASTM International staff task group set to work on creating a comprehensive resource in 2012. Particular focus was placed on making the tools applicable globally as the use of ASTM International standards continues to grow internationally and educators around the world are looking for additional resources to bring standards into the classroom.

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Please share this free resource with all engineering Professors and Librarians!

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Big NSF grant funds research into training robots to work with humans

Big NSF grant funds research into training robots to work with humans | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
What if robots and humans, working together, were able to perform tasks in surgery and manufacturing that neither can do alone? That's the question driving new cloud robotics research by UC Berkeley professors Ken ...

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Report: Middle School Students Using Smartphones More Interested in STEM

Report: Middle School Students Using Smartphones More Interested in STEM | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Middle school students who use mobile devices for school work are more likely to express an interest in STEM subjects, yet there's a large gap in the number of students using the devices at home and those using them in school, according to a new...
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STEM Gap Widens for Minorities

STEM Gap Widens for Minorities | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
As the nation’s demand for more workers in the math, science, engineering, and technology grows, the skills gap among the largest ethnic and racial minorities continues to widen, a commissioned survey has found.
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Another Year, Another Pledge For Computer Science Education Week | GeekMom | Wired.com

Another Year, Another Pledge For Computer Science Education Week | GeekMom | Wired.com | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Celebrated on the week of Grace Hopper's birthday, Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is a celebration of computers in our lives and history, with a focus on the education of the next generations of forward thinkers. It exists to raise awareness about the importance of preparing kids for the future ahead of them, a future so thoroughly intertwined with technology that they can no longer be unbound.

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Google Forms a teacher/student connection

Kettle-Moraine High School teacher Ms. Kornowski finds a way of connecting with her students to build meaningful relationships with them. Learn more about te...

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TED Blog | 8 math talks to blow your mind

TED Blog | 8 math talks to blow your mind | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.

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STEM Education push transforming Long Island schools

STEM Education push transforming Long Island schools | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

The country's push to bolster science, technology, engineering and math education -- widely known as STEM -- is starting to transform public schools nationwide and is being felt across Long Island.

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SLU gets $127,192 grant from Henry Luce Foundation - St. Louis Business Journal

SLU gets $127,192 grant from Henry Luce Foundation - St. Louis Business Journal | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology received a $127,192 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support two fellowships for graduate women who plan to pursue doctoral degrees in engineering fields

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Experts in STEM subjects teach Jackson High School students while learning to become teachers

Experts in STEM subjects teach Jackson High School students while learning to become teachers | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Four student teachers from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship at Michigan State University are at Jackson High School this year.
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A jobs crisis? No, it’s a skills crisis 

A jobs crisis? No, it’s a skills crisis  | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

A partnership at a Brooklyn high school is preparing students for tech fields that will drive our economy in the 21st century

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/jobs-crisis-skills-crisis-article-1.1240688#ixzz2IF8w3cR1 


Litow: As each month’s unemployment figures show only modest declines, some may mistakenly believe that the United States has a “jobs crisis.” But a closer analysis of the data reveals that our fundamental challenge is a lack of...

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How One STEM School Aims to Lower the Achievement Gap

How One STEM School Aims to Lower the Achievement Gap | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

The U.S. is suffering from a shortage of applicants in the science, technology, engineering and math fields -- or STEM. This is especially true for non-Asian minorities and low-income students, who are statistically less likely to be exposed to STEM professionals, have access to STEM education and hold STEM jobs. According to a recent study by Change the Equation, a non-profit initiative to improve STEM education in the United States, there are two job openings for every unemployed STEM professional.

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Study: High School Tech Courses Correlate with Higher GPA and Better Attendance -- THE Journal

Study: High School Tech Courses Correlate with Higher GPA and Better Attendance -- THE Journal | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Recent research on high school students in Florida found that those who took at least one technology course and a technical certification exam tended to have better attendance and a higher grade point average than those who didn't.

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Finding Real-World Problems for STEM Lessons | MiddleWeb

Finding Real-World Problems for STEM Lessons | MiddleWeb | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
By Anne Jolly
Summary by MiddleWeb Smartbrief

"Providing STEM students with real-world challenges fuels their curiosity & investigative interests, writes science educator Anne Jolly. But where do teachers find problems worthy of investigation? In a new post at MiddleWeb's STEM Imagineering blog, Jolly makes the case for real-world problem solving and points to Internet resources that can help teachers find suitable challenges in science, math and engineering."
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 18, 2012 5:02 PM

Excellent links to sources for ideas here...not just for middle school.

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21 Amazing STEM Resources You Can Use Right Now to Change the World |TopCoder Blog

21 Amazing STEM Resources You Can Use Right Now to Change the World |TopCoder Blog | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
This whole STEM problem our country faces is really eye-opening for a plethora of reasons. Want proof? See our last STEM focused post that canvassed some shocking stats on the state of STEM Ed. Ever since I became the lead on NoNameSite.com, a TopCoder initiative and on-line gaming community based on games that teach specific STEM skills and core concepts, I have learned so much. In fact, without a formal background in education, I’ve learned a ton.

Of all that I’ve learned, the most important with regards to STEM education are the number of resources and professionals making STEM awareness and education their full time gig. Numerous dedicated teachers, organizations, corporations, etc make our national STEM problem their challenge and they are hell-bent on solving it. Through a number of programs, resources, endorsements, and websites there is bound to be a way you too can make a difference in a young person’s life.

I’ve compiled a list of some great resources and tips for encouraging the youngsters in your life to get involved with science, technology, engineering, or math related activities. Consider it an early Holiday gift, but it’s one that you will have to act on to see that it makes an impact. It may be cliché but the truth is the youths of today are the future of our tomorrows.

Without further ado, I present 21 amazing STEM resources to share or even try out yourselves!

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Victoria Brandon's curator insight, January 9, 9:30 AM

Great STEM Resources for any classroom!

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Norridge robotics class teaches teamwork

Norridge robotics class teaches teamwork | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
NORRIDGE — Learning math and science can be fun. Students in a new robotics class at Norridge School District 80 are staying after school — because they want to, said Brandy Ross, a math teacher at Leigh School.
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Mrs. Washington's curator insight, December 18, 2012 12:46 PM

Our children have to learn and know 10x more than their parents.

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Exceptional students receive engineering and technology scholarships - Cambridge Network

Exceptional students receive engineering and technology scholarships - Cambridge Network | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
The Belling Engineering Scholarship is awarded to Archie Lodge. The scholarship is worth £12,000 (£3,000 per year for four years).

The IET Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to Daniel Eatough, Luke Godfrey, and Daniel Jones. Each Jubilee Scholarship is worth £2,000.
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Education Experts Blog | Home Grown STEMs

Education Experts Blog | Home Grown STEMs | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

President Obama wants to staple green cards to their diplomas.

These notions were bandied about the presidential campaign like plastic beads at Mardi Gras, and they came up again last week when the House passed legislation that would make 55,000 green cards available a year to foreigners earning advanced degrees in STEM fields. The measure won't go any further because Democrats want broader immigration reform, but the general idea has bipartisan support.

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Where is the STEM of Creativity?

Where is the STEM of Creativity? | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
How do we address the importance of creativity? Shouldn’t we stress it? And where is the STEM of creativity?

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Fred Zimny's curator insight, December 5, 2012 2:04 PM

Also applicable  for design thinking and service design

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31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

31 Surprising (& Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

This post begins "Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?" It then provides 31 research findings that may make you pause and reconsider some of your beliefs. 

* Are there any benefits to "playing scary and violent video games"?

* Can video games impact "disruptive behaviors and enhance positive development in ADHD children"?

* Is it best to teach very young children how to play with a toy or should we allow them to explore on their own?

An additional 28 findings) are provided in this post. 


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, December 16, 2012 4:01 AM

Some interesting and surprising findings to make us think about our own preconceptions.

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STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail

STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Within minutes of losing the presidential election, the Republican party was back on its feet, and preparing for the 2014 election cycle. In that way they were like most competitors. Star running backs, for instance, are tackled a dozen times in an ordinary 60 minute football game. Because falling is part of any competitive game, coaches teach their athletes how to fall in ways that prevent permanent injury and make it easier to get up and back into the game.

As a mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University, I believe that that's precisely what we should be teaching our students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects: how to fail...

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