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  • Ariz. schools focus on real-world STEM education
    Some Ahwatukee, Ariz.-area schools are working to expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math beyond the school day and to offer cutting-edge courses. One school has launched a mobile app-development class as part of its engineering curriculum and also hosts a robotics club after school. Ahwatukee Foothills News (Phoenix) (2/5) Email this Story
  • Researchers try to make sense of U.S. girls' science test scores
    In most developed nations, teenage girls outscore their male counterparts on science exams. However, in the U.S., the reverse is true, according to data from a test given in 65 developed countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Researchers suggest a possible explanation is that at very young ages, boys and girls start to develop ideas about appropriate career options, and science is not one that draws as much interest from young girls. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/4) Email this Story
  • Nonprofit organization sets out to teach girls computer programming
    Efforts to bring more girls into technology education and careers are happening in many places across the county. New York's Girls Who Code program is a nonprofit group that provides computer training to girls who might not otherwise have the resources to get this kind of experience, founder Reshma Saujani said. "If we teach a million girls to code by 2020, there will be a tangible change in the economic future -- more jobs, less pay inequity." Entrepreneur magazine (2/2013)
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  • Colo. school district orders $100,000 flight simulator
    A new aviation program affiliated with the Aspen School District in Colorado designed to incorporate aviation into multiple fields of study from elementary school on up is moving forward with the recent order of a $100,000 Redbird FMX flight simulator. "The ultimate goal is that we want to excite kids about engineering," said pilot and advanced ground-school instructor Greg Roark. "We need a new generation of kids that build stuff." The project is funded by private donors and will also include ground-school instruction in classrooms. Aspen Daily News (Colo.) (2/4)
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  • Geologist shares her story of rising through the ranks in STEM
    It's intelligence and ability that make more of a difference in science and engineering than gender or race, says Cindy Yeilding, vice president of Exploration & Appraisal at BP. She says girls should be encouraged to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, noting that mentors and role models are other important factors in closing the gender gap in STEM. Forbes (2/4)
  • Several universities offer UAS major
    A major in unmanned aircraft systems has been available at the University of North Dakota since 2009. Other schools now offering the major include Kansas State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The degree includes a combination of science, technology and engineering. "It's not just aerospace engineering; it's not just mechanical engineering. It's electrical engineering, mechatronics, sensor and human factors," said Daryl Davidson of the Auvsi Foundation, part of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/1)
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