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Main Course Not Dessert | FreeBIEs | Tools | Project Based Learning | BIE

The purpose in this article is twofold: 1) distinguish “main course” Project Based Learning (PBL) from the short duration and intellectually lightweight activities and projects common to many classrooms; and 2) argue that PBL is an essential tool for preparing students to reach 21st century educational goals and succeed in the 21st century.

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NSF Joins Forces with Intel and GE to Move the Needle in Producing U.S. Engineers and Computer Scientists

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Imagine a young athlete arriving at a university with the potential to win big over the next four years. Now imagine this athlete sitting out an entire season while practicing with the team and getting the lay of the land. This strategy is called redshirting, and it has proven to be an effective way to prepare athletes for success.

Now imagine using the same concept for preparing undergraduates for a degree in engineering. It's just one of the creative approaches being taken by institutions that are receiving grants through a public-private partnership called Graduate 10K+--so named because of its goal of stimulating comprehensive action at universities and colleges to help increase the annual number of new graduates in engineering and computer science by 10,000.

 

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Birth of a Black Hole from Cal Tech

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Birth of a Black Hole

A new kind of cosmic flash may reveal something never seen before: the birth of a black hole.

When a massive star exhausts its fuel, it collapses under its own gravity and produces a black hole, an object so dense that not even light can escape its gravitational grip. According to a new analysis by an astrophysicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), just before the black hole forms, the dying star may generate a distinct burst of light that will allow astronomers to witness the birth of a new black hole for the first time.

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CERN reposts the world’s first Web page

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CERN reposted the page to preserve Web’s early history.
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Great Jobs Within Our Reach Addressing the Growing Job Skills Gap in Washington State

Great Jobs Within Our Reach:
Addressing the Growing Job Skills Gap in Washington State

 

  

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SEATTLE – March 27, 2013 – A report, “Great Jobs Within Our Reach,” from the Washington Roundtable and The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. reveals a large and growing gap between the number of open jobs in Washington state and the number of skilled workers available in-state to fill those positions.  If the state takes steps to fill the growing gap, it would mean 160,000 jobs across many sectors in Washington state by 2017, spread across the economy, and $720 million in new state revenue annually. According to the research:

There are 25,000 “acute” unfilled jobs in Washington today – jobs that have been unfilled for three months or more due to a lack of qualified candidates.  Eighty percent of these jobs are in high-demand health care and high-skill STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines such as computer science and engineering.

The gap is projected to grow by another 5,000 jobs per year, reaching 50,000 jobs, by 2017.  Ninety percent of those openings will be in health care and STEM roles.

Due to the multiplier effect, filling the job skills gap could result in an additional 110,000 jobs across many sectors by 2017, for a total of 160,000, and reduce the unemployment rate by up to two percentage points.

Filling the job skills gap would generate $720 million in annual state tax revenues and $80 million in local tax revenues by 2017.

Eliminating the job skills gap will require a set of key actions: (1) increase capacity and throughput of key programs in higher education; (2) align community college and technical school degree programs with employer needs; (3) enhance student interest and performance in STEM subjects in the K-12 system; (4) recruit skilled workers from other states; and (5) support international immigration.


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For its research analysis, BCG used statewide employment data as well as quantitative and qualitative data collected from interviews with Washington Roundtable members and human resource experts regarding job skills gaps encountered within their companies.

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As a push for K12 STEM goes forward, the lead time makes one ponder whether the present "gap" will swing closed like a pendulum of scarcity and abundance continues.

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California #STEM Learning Network

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The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) is a non-profit organization working to catalyze innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the State of California.
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Collaborative organization working on K-14 STEM education issues - of importance to instructors in college introductory courses and administrators working to smooth articulation pathways between HS/Community Colleges to four-year universities.

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#STEMx Educate Engage Exchange

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It began with an idea.

A community of states, grounded in their shared STEM experience. A nationwide network, whose members understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Today, the idea is reality: STEMx.

Great minds think alike.

STEMx is composed of STEM organizations representing each member state. Led by experts in STEM education, many of whom have been immersed in the field since before the term “STEM” was coined, STEMx members bring both a wealth of experience and a desire to innovate.

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Buidling an online Community of Practice  Follow @STEMx

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Curriki Adds Free Oracle Java Curriculum -- THE Journal

Oracle has begun putting its programming training materials onto a Web site used by educators around the world.

 

Oracle has begun putting its programming training materials onto a Web site used by educators around the world. The company's Academy, which provides resources for secondary and higher education, has made its curriculum, Getting Started with Java Using Alice, available on Curriki. Curriki is a non-profit K-12 community where people share and find free and open educational resources.

Alice is a development platform created by Carnegie Mellon University to teach students computing programming in a 3D environment by dragging and dropping graphic tiles that create standard Java programming statements. The Alice materials from Oracle's education organization, Oracle Academy, include eight hours of instruction to teach basic Java programming concepts in the course of creating animated stories, movies, and games.

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The DuPont Challenge – Winners Announcement

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Announcing The 2013 DuPont Challenge Winners!

This year’s winning students have researched and written outstanding essays on some of the world’s most pressing challenges: feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting people and the environment, and being innovative anywhere. Because of their thought-provoking essays, they have earned great awards for themselves and for their teachers. The Grand Prize Winners and First Runners-Up—along with a parent and sponsoring teacher—have also won an expenses-paid awards trip to Orlando, FL!

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Common Science Standards Make Formal Debut

Common Science Standards Make Formal Debut

Published Online: April 9, 2013Updated: April 16, 2013Includes correction(s): April 16, 2013By Erik W. Robelen    

The final set of standards aimed at reshaping the focus and delivery of science instruction in U.S. schools was publicly unveiled Tuesday, setting the stage for states—many of which helped craft the standards—to take the next step and consider adopting them as their own.

More than three years in the making, the Next Generation Science Standards are designed to provide a greater emphasis on depth over breadth in studying the subject. They seek not only to provide students with a foundation of essential knowledge, but also to lead young people to apply their learning through scientific inquiry and the engineering-design process to deepen understanding.

“Coupling practice with content gives the learning context, whereas practices alone are activities, and content alone is memorization,” an executive summary of the standards says. “The integration of rigorous content and application reflects how science and engineering is practiced in the real world.

 

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CSTA - CSTA Annual Conference

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July 15-16, 2013
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA



Official 2013 CSTA Annual Conference hashtag: #CSTA13

July 15: Hands-on Workshops
July 16: Keynotes and Breakouts

Registration is now open!



The 2013 CSTA Annual Conference (formerly known as the Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference) provides professional development opportunities for K-12 computer science and computer applications teachers who need practical, relevant information to help them prepare their students for the future. For 2013, the conference will be held in Quincy, Massachusetts (just outside Boston).


Important Dates


Registration: Closes June 16, 2013
Housing: Closes June 10, 2013


Keynotes Just Announced!


Open source evangelist Selena Deckelmann will kick off the conference Tuesday morning, and code.org's Hadi Patrovi will send you home with lots to think about Tuesday afternoon. See the agenda below for more details.

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To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Story...

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Scientific American (blog) To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science Scientific American (blog) However, ask most humanities teachers and they will tell you that they are being told to integrate STEM content into their...
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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | TIME.com

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TIME and Space | By Jeffrey Kluger

Spacecraft and telescopes are not built by people interested in what’s going on at home. Rockets fly in one direction: up. Telescopes point in one direction: out. Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth.

That changed when NASA created the Landsat program, a series of satellites that would perpetually orbit our planet, looking not out but down. Surveillance spacecraft had done that before, of course, but they paid attention only to military or tactical sites. Landsat was a notable exception, built not for spycraft but for public monitoring of how the human species was altering the surface of the planet. Two generations, eight satellites and millions of pictures later, the space agency, along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has accumulated a stunning catalog of images that, when riffled through and stitched together, create a high-definition slide show of our rapidly changing Earth. TIME is proud to host the public unveiling of these images from orbit, which for the first time date all the way back to 1984.

 

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Inspiring the next generation of IT workers

Inspiring the next generation of IT workers | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
Could better engagement between tech vendors and schools solve the UK's IT skills crisis? JoVona Taylor reports.
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Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors | Video on TED.com

Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission.
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Live Preview of the 10th Annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference | The Sloan Consortium

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Event Date: May 2, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pmAbstract: 

Learn more about the 10th Annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, taking place July 8-9, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This year’s program explores the theme “Trend to Blend: Lessons from the Field,” offering a full complement of over 100 presentations organized into two days.

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Conference sessions include an array of interactive workshops followed by our keynote presentation, plenary panel, information sessions, poster sessions, vendor showcase presentations, and Unconference sessions Tuesday afternoon. Hear about the importance of blended learning in the education community and learn more about the conference, including program content, key featured sessions, track overviews, and specific sessions scheduled on Tuesday, July 9 for the K-12 community, as well as fun activities to participate in (think Milwaukee’s famous Summerfest as well as our annual Dine-Around event) while you are with us in Milwaukee.

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Siemens World Challenge HS winning research proposal- GA

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The Power of Discovery: STEM^2

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What is The Power of Discovery: STEM2? The Power of Discovery – STEM2 is an important new effort to build the power of schools and community-­‐based organizations to expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for young people in California. By building collaborative and effective partnerships between schools and after school organizations, and by mobilizing a broad coalition of community partners with STEM expertise and resources, STEM2 will enhance school-­‐based STEM instruction and expand out of school STEM learning opportunities.

To do so, STEM2 has selected three Regional Partnerships to foster leadership, build effective alliances between after school providers and schools, and provide professional development and other supports that ensure the expansion of quality STEM learning opportunities. The Regional Partners will identify schools and after school agencies as potential participants, and recruit STEM partners such as science centers and museums in support of instructional efforts. The Regional Partners will also assess the readiness of potential participants and provide guidance, general training and other support for the development of STEM programs. Participating schools and agencies will also benefit from a virtual innovation center providing online access to additional resources.

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Afterschool Alliance :: STEM & Afterschool

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential for navigating the modern world and competing in the 21st century job market. But there is concern about how students in the United States are doing in these subjects compared to other nations and what this means for successful participation in a globalized economy. We must ensure that our kids have the skills they need to successfully access available opportunities.

There are many efforts attempting to address this situation through school reform, but students spend less than 20% of their waking hours in a classroom. We need an "all hands on deck" approach to meet the challenge. Afterschool programs are part of the solution and must be essential partners in STEM education.

By offering hands-on, project-based learning that makes the STEM fields come alive for youth, before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs all over the country are:

Inspiring and engaging kids in these fieldsBuilding necessary skills and proficiency Inspiring them to pursue majors and careers in STEM fields
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State Networks Propel #STEM Education

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This webinar took place on April 11, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As STEM education gains ever more prominence, statewide organizations are springing up from coast to coast to advance the cause. A key thrust, experts say, is moving from "random acts of STEM" to more purposeful, coordinated action. The networks and councils typically bring to the table a diverse set of players: educators, government and business leaders, and representatives of nonprofits and other community groups. The approaches pursued by these new networks vary, but include drawing road maps for improved STEM learning in and out of school, providing grants, launching STEM-focused schools, and advocating a policy agenda. In this webinar, officials from STEM organizations in California and Iowa will explain their strategies for ramping up education in science, technology, engineering, and math and the challenges ahead.

Presenters:

• Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Iowa
• Marcella Klein Williams, chief education officer, California STEM Learning Network
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• Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week
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Prince George's County Schools Test Out Cloud #STEM System

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Maryland's Prince George's County Public Schools is expanding its relationship with global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin to tackle the STEM gap among its high school students.
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We need ICT teachers, not facilitators - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education

We need ICT teachers, not facilitators - Articles - Educational Technology - ICT in Education | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it
When did ICT teachers stop becoming teachers and become ‘facilitators’ instead...
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Interesting points.. I agree there are many trying to make a distinction without a real difference, some trying to create a branding around a prhase for recognition sake, perhaps.

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Barriers and Opportunitites in Completing Two or Four Year STEM Degrees

Barriers and Opportunitites in Completing Two or Four Year STEM Degrees
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The NMC, ISTE, and HP Launch the HP Catalyst Academy | The New Media Consortium

The NMC, ISTE, and HP Launch the HP Catalyst Academy | The New Media Consortium | STEM Education models and innovations with Gaming | Scoop.it

An unprecedented global collaboration designed to accelerate STEMx* education was announced by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and the New Media Consortium (NMC).

The 2013 HP Catalyst Summit in São Paulo, attended by more than 120 educators and policy leaders from 15 countries, marks the launch of the HP Catalyst Academy, designed to accelerate STEMx education, transform teaching practices and continue to close the global skills gap.

The HP Catalyst Academy extends the work of the HP Catalyst Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to support innovations in STEMx teaching and learning. To date, 56 organizations in 15 countries have received grants from HP to explore how emerging technologies and great teaching can be combined to create powerful STEMx learning experiences for more than 130,000 students around the globe.

Beginning in June 2013, the HP Catalyst Academy will offer its first set of online mini-courses, covering a wide range of topics such as digital fabrication, computational thinking, remote labs, game design and social media. The mini-course leaders, known as HP Catalyst Fellows, are working with HP’s education partners, ISTE and the NMC, to develop these innovative online professional learning experiences. Through a grant process, HP Catalyst identified this group of established STEMx trailblazers who have experience and excellent track records in developing and launching large-scale projects that positively impact thousands of teachers and students.

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