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November 14, 2012
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STEM News for Educators

  • Learning computer coding will help students down the road
    Learning to code is no different from learning to speak or read in its importance for communicating in today's society, writes digital literacy advocate Douglas Rushkoff. He suggests that the more young people know about computer programming, the wiser consumers they'll be and the more equipped they'll be for various jobs in the future. Rushkoff highlights a free program he used to bolster his own coding skills. Trends blog (11/13)
  • Students design robots to assist seniors
    From designing robots that help with medication dosage to heavy lifting, students in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League 2012 Twin Tiers Robotics Challenge are helping seniors tackle everyday challenges. Participants interviewed seniors about obstacles they face and then designed solutions. The competition, held at Corning Community College in New York, rewarded teams of students based on design and construction, as well the core values and presentation of ideas for their robotic solutions. Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.) (11/10) Email this Story
  • Nev. schools use federal dollars to launch STEM programs
    The Clark County School District in Nevada is getting an infusion of $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education to support science, technology, engineering and math education. The funds will be split between six schools that plan to implement programs that include green architecture, robotics, STEM clubs and internships. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/12) Email this Story
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.
  • Investing in Innovation grants reward variety of STEM ideas
    The U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund program is providing $150 million in grants to school districts and organizations that propose creative ideas to improve K-12 education and are able to find matching private funds. Among several of the "winners" so far are those with plans to train teachers in math and science, provide students with enhanced engineering programs and offer extra math support to disadvantaged students. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/13) Email this Story
  • Partnership to provide aviation vocational opportunities
    Piper Aircraft is providing the Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics with training airplanes and internship opportunities as part of a new five-year partnership between the company and the college. "Our new career alliance with Piper will help our graduates secure employment in the aviation industry in airline operations, airport and airline management, and as flight crew members in varied, responsible positions within corporate and commercial aviation and government agencies," said Kenneth Stackpoole, FIT's vice president of aviation programs and dean. General Aviation News (11/13) Email this Story
  • UNC officials consider value of college-to-career focus
    A University of North Carolina advisory committee is considering ways to meet the state's future workforce needs, and members say a greater emphasis on career preparation should be one part of the five-year plan. However, some liberal arts educators fear a heightened focus on job training could diminish the college's ability to provide a well-rounded education. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (11/11) Email this Story
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  • SMART Competition for high-school students
    The SMART Competition invites high-school students to design real-world solutions to real-world design challenges that confront design and engineering professionals by asking student teams to redesign a school building to make it function more efficiently in terms of energy use and materials sustainability. The competition is open to all high-school students. Teams consist of three to four students and an education sponsor. Registration opened last month and closes on Jan. 18, 2013.
  • LEGO Education Advisory Panel
    LEGO Education is now accepting applications for the LEGO Education Advisory Panel to provide feedback on product ideas to LEGO Education Innovation and Marketing. LEGO Education is looking for thought leaders who are viewed by their peers as experts in education and who possess the ability to articulate the value of LEGO Education products to their peers. Learn more and apply by Nov. 25.
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