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November 15, 2017
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Learning takes flight for Ind. high-schoolers
Learning takes flight for Ind. high-schoolers
A GoPro Hero4 camera. (David Becker/Getty Images)
A group of Indiana high-school students recently designed, launched and tracked two helium-filled weather balloons using digital cameras and ham radios to Ohio. The engineering and design course, funded by a grant, also involved 4th-graders who are beginning their studies in science, technology, engineering and math.
Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.)/Chicago Tribune (11/10) 
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Teacher shares Thanksgiving-related science lessons
Teacher shares Thanksgiving-related science lessons
The approaching holiday season offers several opportunities to teach students about energy transfer as part of the Next Generation Science Standards, according to teacher Kathy Renfrew. In this blog post, Renfrew suggests several lessons, including teaching students what happens when Thanksgiving leftovers become compost.
Teaching Channel (11/10) 
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Other News
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Gender Equity in STEM
Study considers faculty diversity in STEM
A study shows the number of women and underrepresented minorities among science, technology, engineering and math faculty ranks increased from 1992 to 2015 regarding tenure attainment, retention and promotions. However, the data show that women and Hispanic faculty members are making faster progress in their careers than black and Native American professors.
Inside Higher Ed (11/9) 
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Research & Funding
Heavy screen time tied to higher teen suicide, depression
Researchers found that the rate of teens who used electronic devices for at least five hours daily increased from 8% in 2009 to 19% in 2015, and those teens were 70% more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions, compared with teens with less than one hour of use daily. The findings in Clinical Psychological Science also showed the prevalence of those who felt depressed or hopeless or had suicidal thoughts or attempts rose from 32% to 36% during the same period, with higher rates among girls.
ABC News/The Associated Press (11/14),  United Press International (11/14),  HealthDay News (11/14) 
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Study considers gender, reading performance
Study considers gender, reading performance
Gender composition in classes may affect reading performance, according to an analysis of results from the Programme for International Student Assessment. Data show that having more girls in class boosted reading performance among boys and girls.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/12) 
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Business & Industry
Neb. tool company hires teens
Dramco Tool is said to be the first company in Nebraska to allow 16- and 17-year-old students to work at their facility through a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Officials say the move is intended to help the company recruit more workers and put students on a path toward a successful career.
KOLN-TV/KGIN-TV (Nebraska) (11/14) 
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OCTAE Asst. Sec. Nominee Withdrawn
The nomination of Tim Kelly to serve as OCTAE assistant secretary has been withdrawn after blog posts surfaced in which he made a number of offensive comments. Read more.
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Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week
Join leaders from across the country during National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 13-17, to show that apprenticeships are beneficial to our nation's future because they offer students the specialized training they need and businesses receive workers with high-quality skills. Whether you're a leader in business, education, state or union, connect with your community to spread the word about apprenticeship programs.
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