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  • Researchers study why some STEM majors drop out
    The University of Colorado is using a $4.3 million grant to study why students are abandoning majors in science, technology, engineering and math. Between 40% and 60% of students leave STEM majors, according to an earlier study on the topic, so researchers will interview students and review which classes seem to weed them out in an effort to understand the nation's shortage of STEM graduates. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (2/28) Email this Story
  • Falmouth High School students win Maine's Science Bowl
    Falmouth High School beat out Windham High School to win the 13th Maine Regional Science Bowl. The winners get a chance to compete next month at the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C. Here's one of the questions asked during the event: Five 2.5 mega-ohm resistors are parallel in a circuit. What is their equivalent resistance in mega-ohms? Answer: 0.5. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/2) Email this Story
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  • Mich. students create robot for FIRST competition
    Students at Richmond High School in Michigan have built a robot that tosses Frisbees and climbs ladders to compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition. "The whole idea is to change the culture so science and technology are cool. We are raising the next generation of engineers and technology people and innovators," said Gail Alpert, president of FIRST in Michigan. The Detroit News (3/2) Email this Story
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  • Navy uses online war game to gather new ideas
    The U.S. Navy is using crowdsourcing in the form of an online war game to gather new problem-solving ideas and strategies. The Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet -- known as MMOWGLI -- is a joint effort between the Naval Postgraduate School, the Institute for the Future and the Office of Naval Research. More than 500 registered players took part in the first two games. Forbes (3/3) Email this Story
  • New survey shows engineering grads receiving good salaries
    Engineering graduates have good job prospects, according to a new salary survey released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. New hires in professional, scientific and technical fields can expect a starting salary of $62,000, with government agencies paying an average of $67,000 per year. "The demand for engineering graduates remains strong, and that is reflected in the high starting salaries paid to these graduates," said NACE executive director Marilyn Mackes. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/4) Email this Story
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