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January 23, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Video game technology may play bigger role in STEM education
    Future engineers and urban planners may get their first introduction to those careers by playing video games at school now that SimCityEDU has developed a classroom version of the game for educators to teach students about various topics, including science, technology, engineering and math. SimCity maker Electronic Arts has plans to incorporate teacher feedback into the initiative, which also will be aligned with elements of the Common Core State Standards. Mashable (1/22) Email this Story
  • Which schools rank high for earning an online engineering degree?
    A master's degree in engineering can help engineers secure better-paying positions, but these professionals may not be able to incorporate a traditional graduate program into their schedules. Online education may be an option for such potential graduate students. A recent report by U.S. News and World Report lists top schools for pursuing an online master's degree in engineering. The top five include USC Viterbi School, Penn State, Columbia (Fu Foundation), Purdue and Michigan. EE Times (1/18) Email this Story
  • Colo. becomes 1st state to receive NEA's STEM challenge grant
    Colorado obtained a $200,000 Challenge Grant from the National Education Association for STEM education, and combined it with other funds from two other sources to create a $400,000 grant that will be spent on training teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. "Colorado's economy is adding jobs in STEM-related fields every day and we need to meet this growing demand by educating a highly skilled and competitive [workforce]," said Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Arvada Press (Colo.) (1/22) 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.
  • Seattle tech entrepreneur invests in computer science education
    Seattle-based technology entrepreneur Hadi Partovi is putting his financial resources, energy and know-how into a subject close to his heart: computer science education. Brier Dudley writes in this blog post that Partovi and his brother, Ali, have plans to launch a foundation aimed at making computer science a fundamental part of education. First steps include building a national database of schools' programs and bringing computer science into the national education conversation. The Seattle Times (1/22) Email this Story
  • Companies seek graduates who are social media savvy
    Companies increasingly are looking to hire graduates who are experts in social media marketing, some educators and experts say. However, some say schools are struggling to include lessons in Facebook and Twitter as part of their business curriculum, primarily because it is an ever-changing field -- making it difficult for the curriculum to keep up. (Canada) (1/22)
  • Collaboration, fun can draw more women to tech
    Women comprise about 12% of computer science majors, David Thielen, founder of Windward Studios, writes in this blog post. He suggests designing programming competitions that appeal to women and offers four key factors, including collaboration, interaction, fun and a level playing field. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/21) Email this Story
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