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March 15, 2013
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  • Pa. school converts classroom into role-playing simulator
    Shaler Area Elementary School in Glenshaw, Pa., is using an $80,000 grant to transform a classroom into the "IKS Titan," an interactive simulator for classroom lessons and special "missions" for students in grades 4 to 6. The room will be outfitted with iPads, an interactive whiteboard and other technology that can help students take on a part, such as biologist or ship captain, in various interdisciplinary role-playing lessons on topics ranging from history and literature to concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. T.H.E. Journal (3/14)
  • Experiential learning making a difference at engineering schools
    Universities are revamping engineering programs, focusing on real-world applications and taking students out of a heavily math-driven environment for a more engaging educational experience. The effort appears to be paying off, with the number of master's degrees in the field rising 8% between 2010 and 2011. Experiential learning means that students "are more hands-on, active and learning that there may be more than one way to solve a problem," observed Gary May, dean of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. U.S. News & World Report (3/14)
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  • DeVry event for girls focuses on range of careers in STEM
    From Google initiatives to scientists' new video games, girls from four Nevada high schools who attended DeVry University's HerWorld event, learned about careers in science, technology, engineering and math. "We want to get these students and introduce them early to STEM careers so they think about it in college," HerWorld's project manager, Micah Stone, said. Las Vegas Sun (3/15) Email this Story
  • GAMA teams up with BuildAPlane to encourage STEM education
    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association together with BuildAPlane is launching a nationwide aircraft design competition to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Students will use "Fly To Learn" software; the two winning teams will participate in Glasair's "Two Weeks to Taxi" program. Flying online (3/12) Email this Story
  Trends 
  • Engineers seeing more traditional, new opportunities
    Job opportunities in engineering are increasing in industries across the economic sector. New construction and the need to upgrade aging infrastructure in the U.S. are fueling the demand for more civil engineers. "They're looking at gas pipelines, water, waste water, buildings -- making sure they all stay safe during [catastrophic weather] events," said Dan Wittliff, president of the National Society of Professional Engineers. U.S. News & World Report (3/14)
  • How to bring more girls into STEM
    Women working in science, technology, engineering and math fields owe it to the next generation of young women to help them see the potential in STEM careers, writes Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, senior vice president, global foods, R&D, PepsiCo. "Mentors play a critical role in bringing new people -- and particularly women -- to careers in STEM," she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/14) Email this Story
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  ACTE News 
  • 2013 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
    Save the date! The 2013 Best Practices Conference is heading to San Diego Sept. 25-27. CTE administrators, don't miss this chance to hear from the best in the field -- the call for proposals is now open!
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