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January 22, 2013
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  • Texas high school students build a real airplane
    Students in the aerospace engineering program at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas, are building a light sport airplane. Retired pilots have been recruited as volunteers to help the students, many of whom plan to go onto careers as engineers or pilots themselves. KTRK-TV (Houston) (1/21)
  • Minn. high school to unveil 4,000-square-foot STEM center
    Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minn., is home to the state's first all-girl robotics team, which won last year's Minnesota North Star Regional Championship. The school also has created a 4,000-square-foot facility dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math, complete with space for the team called the "Robettes." Students and educators say they hope the facility will inspire more girls to pursue STEM studies. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (1/20) Email this Story
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  • Businesses join N.J. school STEM career event
    A wide range of careers from aviation to video-game development was represented during Teen STEM Day held at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J. Industry professionals teamed with educators to introduce students to some of the more unusual and hands-on aspects of their jobs, and talk about what it takes to enter these professions. For example, PepsiCo senior principal scientist David Sherman was on hand to demonstrate how flavors are developed for soft drinks. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (1/21) Email this Story
  • Texas school's geometry class meets career-readiness goals
    Geometry is much more than plotting lines on a graph at Midway High School in Waco, Texas. A class called Geometry in Construction has students dividing their time between traditional classroom instruction and hands-on application of geometry concepts in the shop area. Educators say the hybrid class meets two important goals -- making geometry fun and showing students how math applies in the real world. "When I talk about slope of lines, we talk about the pitch of a roof. When we talk about parallel lines, we talked about the walls and studs," geometry teacher Laura Veselka said. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (1/21)
  • The definition of "college ready" continues to evolve
    As national education reforms continue to take shape, Montgomery County, Md., public schools are adopting a more rigorous curriculum and altering their definition of what it means to be "college ready." For years, the district has held its Seven Keys to College Readiness, which now will be revised. While the exact changes are still unclear, officials say the standards likely are to focus on more rigorous academic measures, as well as areas that cannot be measured with standardized tests, such as persistence, motivation and communication. The Washington Post (1/21)
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