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December 5, 2012
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STEM News for Educators

  • Principal: How to get the most out of a STEM school
    Students at schools for science, technology, engineering and math should embrace the unique aspects of an education focused on those subjects, suggests Jeffrey Lewis, principal of Dayton Regional STEM School. "The students who do the best here are the ones that are excited about learning and want to be part of something different," Lewis writes. He also stresses the importance of partnering with local businesses that can help with career expos, shadowing and internship opportunities, guest speakers and other needs of the school. American City Business Journals/Dayton, Ohio (12/4) Email this Story
  • Okla. professor seeks to integrate bioenergy in secondary education
    The National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research has joined an initiative led by Oklahoma State University associate professor Shane Robinson to develop teaching materials that would enable high school students to learn math and science through the context of agriculture and bioenergy development. "Our goal is to raise their awareness of renewable energy and its impact on agriculture in Oklahoma so that they can be informed and make knowledgeable decisions on its utility in the future," Robinson said. (12/4)
  • Ill. high school invests in nanotechnology lab
    Officials in an Illinois school district are seeking grants to help pay for the installation of a nanotechnology lab, estimated to cost $800,000. The project will convert a multipurpose lab at a local high school into a nanotechnology lab that includes advanced equipment for studying science, technology, engineering and math. Officials say the project is unusual at the high-school level, where students typically do not have access to such advanced equipment. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/3)
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  • Sign language expands to include science terms
    Learning science and pursuing science careers can be challenging for students who are deaf because of a lack of universally accepted signs for most scientific terms. However, crowdsourcing projects at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and the Scottish Sensory Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are creating new signs for technical terms and distributing them online. "We not only want to provide support, we want to raise aspirations, to say to people, 'you can do this,' " said Peter Main, director of education and science for the Institute of Physics in London. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/3)
  • Students, employers are concerned about entry-level job skills
    Just 45% of recent graduates think they are sufficiently prepared for the workforce, and only 42% of employers think the new grads are properly trained, according to a study by McKinsey & Co. However, nearly 75% of colleges and training institutions think their graduates are ready for the job market, the study found. Researchers suggest that countries designate an "integrator" to help improve career preparation. "When someone is looking at the data from all three of these angles, they will see gaps and can drive change," co-author Diana Farrell said. CNNMoney/Postcards blog (12/5) Email this Story
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The forceps of our minds are clumsy things and crush the truth a little in the course of taking hold of it."
--H.G. Wells,
British author

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