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February 26, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • Students to get STEM lessons at Minn. zoo
    Along with expanding its language programs, officials with the Minnesota Zoo say they are developing a program for area students in response to the increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math in schools. Students will learn about how STEM relates to the animal world, including the engineering involved in beaver dams. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (2/23) Email this Story
  • Colo. university aims to boost STEM enrollment
    The University of Colorado Denver is holding workshops to get students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The workshops are aimed, in part, at reducing the number of college students who drop out of STEM programs. "They may not want to build bridges, but perhaps they'll see or hear something that may intrigue them about biomedical engineering," said Inge Wefes, associate dean of the university's graduate school. The Denver Post (2/25)
  • Ohio high-school students cap off studies with research projects
    Students enrolled in Reynoldsburg High School's eSTEM Academy in Ohio are completing research projects intended to engage them in deeper learning as part of a new Capstone program. Many students attend school in the morning and work internships in the afternoon. "It's the commencement of a whole new way of learning. It's about keeping the senior year interesting and relevant. It's about having these students engaged and having the skills to be college- and career-ready," said Bob Wise, head of the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education and former West Virginia governor. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (2/25)
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  • Coalition uses education to engage next-generation utilities workers
    A new program being piloted at a Connecticut high school seeks to engage the energy workers of the future by offering a crash course in the next-generation solutions that will revolutionize the industry. The Light Up Your Future, or LUYF, program -- which was introduced at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology in Hartford -- is a project of Northeast Utilities and the Energy Providers Coalition for Education, and includes online classes and a paid internship at Connecticut Power & Light. Smart Grid News (2/25)
  • Tenn. school district matches STEM students with local businesses
    The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee is looking to widen the pool of industry partners in the district's externship program, in which students spend time at local businesses, learning first-hand the kinds of skills and workplace habits they'll need to develop. "We're looking for your voice. We want our students to graduate and not just be competitive in the Clarksville workforce, but to also be competitive globally," the school system's STEM coordinator, Dale Rudolph, told a recent gathering of regional business representatives. The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (2/26) Email this Story
  • Engineering jobs are abundant in the wind-energy sector, experts say
    Wind-energy programs create job opportunities for a range of engineers, who are needed for research and development of wind turbines and for construction and maintenance of wind facilities, according to industry experts. "It's a great field for engineers," said Michele Mihelic of the American Wind Energy Association. "As the industry grows and strengthens, there will always be a need for engineers and other professionals to keep the operation running efficiently and the maintenance up to date," said AWEA's Elizabeth Salerno. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (2/25)
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