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March 12, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Is the 6-year high-school model a game-changer in STEM education?
    Some high schools in New York and Idaho are adopting a six-year model in which students earn both a diploma and an associate's degree -- a model one educator has dubbed "hollege." Rashid F. Davis, principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., writes about how six-year programs can help meet student and workforce needs. "At its core, the motivation to get high school students ready for college-level courses as soon as possible inspired me to try game-changing strategies," he writes. WNYC-AM/FM (New York Public Radio)/SchoolBook (3/11) Email this Story
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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.
  • Balsa wood tower challenge: Hands-on way to learn engineering
    Eighth-graders at Parkview Middle School in Ashwaubenon, Wis., participated in a balsa wood tower challenge as a "hands-on way for students to learn science and engineering," the teachers said. The competition, co-sponsored by architectural and engineering firm Ayers Associates, challenges students to build a 2-ounce tower out of balsa wood that could support their body weight. "It's a great opportunity for students to have a real-life application and actually work in partnership with engineers," said Julie Branner, a science teacher. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (3/8)
  • Young Canadians find open arms in aerospace
    Young Canadians are enthusiastically pursuing educations in aerospace and related fields and finding early career paths to match their ambitions. And the future looks even brighter. "Aerospace engineering will become more and more necessary as our need for air transportation and our desire for ever-expanding space exploration continues to grow. We will continue to rely on aerospace engineers to design and develop advanced technologies and new aircraft and spacecraft to meet those needs," said Barbara Bowen, manager of special programs at Manitoba Aerospace. Financial Post (Canada) (3/11)
  • Utah lawmakers take closer look at STEM initiatives
    Legislative conversations in Utah this year often have centered on science, technology, engineering and math education in the state's schools. Amid concerns that STEM was overshadowing other subjects, lawmakers have been taking a closer look at STEM initiatives to determine which are essential for preparing students for STEM careers. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/11) Email this Story
  • Health care industry adds 32,000 jobs in Feb.
    Data from the U.S. Labor Department showed the health care industry generated 32,000 new jobs in February. Nursing homes deployed 9,000 new personnel, while hospitals also added about 9,000 positions, the report noted. Physician practices and outpatient centers added 14,000 jobs. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (3/8)
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