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January 30, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • After-school programs offer opportunities for hands-on STEM learning
    In this commentary, Anita Krishnamurthi, the director of STEM policy for the Afterschool Alliance, calls attention to the role after-school programs can play in engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math. "The secret to after-school programs' success is that they are uniquely positioned to offer students the kind of hands-on learning time that STEM education so often demands, as well as interaction with STEM professionals from the community," she writes. The Baltimore Sun (1/28) Email this Story
  • STEM education requires an integrative approach
    Science, technology, engineering and math education should not be approached as a stand-alone discipline, Destination Imagination CEO Chuck Cadle writes in this blog post. He suggests schools incorporate STEM throughout the curriculum plus various teaching methods such as hands-on projects, stories, videos and more that can build higher-order thinking skills. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/29) Email this Story
  • A guide to successful project-based learning
    For successful project-based learning, teachers should use best practices from other schools, use real-world issues, allow time for feedback and revision, and build student ownership, writes education consultant Suzie Boss. In this blog post, she urges teachers to avoid making project-based learning an afterthought and not to forget to allow time for students to reflect on their work as a way to set goals for future projects. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (1/27)
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  • Girls-only computer camp connects students to female role models
    Organizers of Girls Gathering for Computer Science -- a girls-only camp held at Pacific University in Washington state -- want to inspire girls to pursue careers in the often male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Campers take field trips where they meet women who work in STEM. "When they work with female staff and meet women in the field, they can imagine themselves in those positions," said Shereen Khoja, camp director and Pacific University professor. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/29) Email this Story
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  • Energy investments are driving Houston's economy, experts say
    Investments from the energy industry are attracting highly skilled workers for good-paying jobs, said Edward Ogden, director of recruiting company Spencer Ogden. Natural gas liquids are among the trending areas, with petrochemicals eventually expected to benefit in the region, analysts said. (1/28)
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