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January 3, 2013
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  • Iowa implements statewide plan for STEM education
    Students in Iowa are getting more access to science, technology, engineering and math as the state's STEM initiative continues to be implemented in schools. The $5 million investment encourages students to tackle challenges and understand that failure, which is part of the learning process, can lead to greater success down the road. "STEM isn't about science, technology, engineering and math in isolation," said Kari Webb, manager for the northwest Iowa region of STEM. "It's an integrated approach to problem solving and 21st century skills." The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa) (1/3) Email this Story
  • Ala. students get access to national STEM curriculum
    New Century Technology High School in Huntsville, Ala., is one of the 49 schools nationwide to benefit from a $1 million grant from aerospace and technology company Lockheed Martin. The gift gives schools access to curriculum materials from Project Lead the Way, which provides middle- and high-school programs in science, technology, engineering and math. (Alabama) (1/2) Email this Story
  • Deciphering between project-based, project-oriented learning
    While some teachers have the goal of implementing project-based learning in the classroom, they may actually be practicing what is known as project-oriented learning, says eighth-grade teacher Azul Terronez. In this blog post, he offers some examples of how he has used projects to improve students' education, including those in which students create an iPod application, host a cooking competition and learn to read nutritional labels. blog (1/2)
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.
  • Collaborative to bolster biomanufacturing education in schools
    Community colleges and their private-industry partners in the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative will use a $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create programs that support students entering the biomanufacturing industry. The collaborative already develops classroom resources and distance learning opportunities for students interested in this industry. American City Business Journals (1/2) Email this Story
  • Mass. partnership to provide training in computer-operated machines
    Manufacturing jobs today often require computer skills, as many tasks are completed by robots or computer-controlled machines. To help meet the rising need for workers with such skills, Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts is working with Greater Lawrence Technical School on a machine-tool training program. "Low-paying factory jobs have been replaced by careers with competitive wages in advanced manufacturing fields such as semi-conductors, aerospace, plastics production, and medical equipment," said George Moriarty, director of the college's workforce development and corporate relations. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/2) Email this Story
  • Opinion: Schools should introduce computer science earlier
    Too many college students start taking computer science classes without having had much formal instruction in computer skills, Thinkersmith Executive Director Kiki Prottsman writes in this commentary. Given the role of computers in the workplace and in everyday life, it makes sense to encourage computational skills throughout a student's K-12 career and make computer science a fundamental part of the curriculum, she writes. The Huffington Post (1/2) Email this Story
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