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November 13, 2012
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STEM News for Educators

  • Is "early college" a key to revamping high school?
    High schools with early-college programs are providing some Colorado students the opportunity to earn college credit. Data show a higher percentage of students in early-college programs graduated from college in four years and went to college directly after graduating, compared with their peers. "I consider it very transformational. The early college designs and early college pathways ... could serve as the next generation of high school reform efforts in this country," said Marlene Seltzer, president and CEO of Boston-based Jobs for the Future. Education News Colorado (11/12) Email this Story
  • Will the common core improve STEM education?
    Educators say they expect the Common Core State Standards, through a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, to play a role in bringing U.S. students on par with other countries in STEM education. "Furthering STEM education is one of the most important priorities we should have as a nation," said high-school physics teacher Gary Reynolds, a former environmental researcher. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (11/11)
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  • Minn. business leaders, educators share ideas on STEM
    Concerned that schools are turning out too few students with the skills needed for many available technical jobs in the region, Northland, Minn., business leaders and educators recently came together to brainstorm ways to boost science, technology, engineering and math training in K-12. Attendees stressed that engagement in STEM subjects needs to happen earlier and it isn't just a college issue. WDIO-TV (Duluth, Minn.) (11/8) Email this Story
  • Chemistry professor finds hundreds of lab partners online
    University of Wyoming chemistry professor Bruce Parkinson had hit upon an encouraging development in his pursuit of a material that would help convert solar energy into fuel. However, a wide range of possible substances needs to be tested, so Parkinson decided to crowdsource the challenge. Now, hundreds of students are using Parkinson's homemade chemistry kit to seek a solution to this solar cell idea. Chemical & Engineering News (11/12) Email this Story
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  • Online learning with ACTE
    In partnership with ed2go, ACTE has a new members-only program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, affordable online career training programs to prepare you to launch a new career or advance in an existing one, no matter where you're located. This partnership between ACTE and Cengage allows you to develop new skills and knowledge in order to stand out in today's competitive job market. Learn more.
  • Take the Technovation Challenge!
    In Technovation Challenge, which is run by Iridescent, high-school girls (ages 13-18) become inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs of technology, rather than simply consumers. The applied, project-based computer science and entrepreneurship curriculum teaches girls such life skills as identifying a problem, designing and testing a solution, collaborating with a team and communicating to different audiences while reinforcing the academic concepts of digital representation of information, algorithmic thinking and programming and the societal impact of information and information technology. Learn more.
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