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December 7, 2012
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  • NYC looks to STEM education for future economic stability
    To become more competitive in the global economy, New York City is creating more schools focused on science, technology, engineering and math, and adding more STEM programs at schools across the city. In addition, STEM-related programs are being expanded at City University of New York. "STEM schools are about making sure our students are fully ready for the knowledge economy," schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. "They prepare students for success in college and careers." Daily News (New York) (12/4) Email this Story
  • 5 strategies to improve STEM education
    Students need to explore to learn rather than memorize facts to pass a test if more of them are to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, educator Lisa Nielsen writes in this blog post. Nielsen offers five ideas for improving STEM instruction in school, including opportunities for students to learn from STEM professionals. "Memorizing algorithms or the periodic chart does not help most learners acquire the foundation necessary for success in STEM-related fields," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/6)
  • Robotics event gives students real-world STEM experience
    The Robotics, Engineering and Technology Days event in Detroit aims to boost students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math. During the three-day event, more than 1,500 area middle- and high-school students participated in hands-on activities in programming and robotics, and learned about the latest technology used by today's soldiers. In its sixth year, the event was jointly run by the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Macomb Community College. The Detroit News (12/5)
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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.
  • Businesses help train students in skilled trades
    Students at Herman Secondary School in Windsor, Ontario, are learning metal-cutting through a partnership of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and local machining, and tool and die shops. Students in the program say it could help address a shortage in the area of young workers with technical job skills. The program allows students to earn credits toward a general machinist's apprenticeship, while earning a high-school diploma. The Windsor Star (Ontario)/Business blog (12/6)
  • Pa. grants encourage manufacturers to hire from local universities
    A $70 million public-private partnership in Pennsylvania is aimed toward boosting manufacturing in the state. As part of the initiative, two Pittsburgh-based companies and one in Bucks County were granted state funds to hire graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University and Lehigh University to help in the field of additive manufacturing, an innovative technology also known as 3D printing. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/5) Email this Story
  • Universities raise billions of dollars for startup tech companies
    Universities such as Stanford and Harvard have the infrastructure, staffing, students and fundraising ability to generate billions of dollars for technology-related startups, according to the recent University Entrepreneurship Report. Stanford, for example, brought in $4.1 billion from 2007 to 2011, for startups such as StartX Med, which aims to develop innovative health care technologies. (12/6) Email this Story
  • Report highlights economic benefits of LNG exports
    The U.S. economy stands to benefit from exporting liquefied natural gas, even if it boosts domestic prices for the commodity, according to a Department of Energy-commissioned report. The study was carried out to guide licensing procedures for 15 LNG export projects. "Exports can help grow the country's economy, help reverse our trade deficit and help bring back millions of U.S. jobs in engineering, manufacturing, construction and facility operations," said Erik Milito, upstream and industry operations director at the American Petroleum Institute. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (12/5) Email this Story
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