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March 26, 2013
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  • S.C. high-school students take off with aviation-career program
    The Beaufort County School District in South Carolina became the second in the U.S. to partner with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to provide high-school students the opportunity to earn dual-enrollment credits with aviation coursework. Through the program, students at Battery Creek High School are partnering with the nearby Technical College of the Lowcountry to work on a Cessna aircraft. "Even if you don't go into aviation, you still get a head-start on college and learn valuable science, math and engineering skills applicable to many career fields," Battery Creek junior Wendell Roberson said. The Beaufort Gazette (S.C.) (3/25) Email this Story
  • Why STEM lessons are a natural fit in middle grades
    The middle grades are an opportune time for teachers to engage students in lessons on topics in science, technology, engineering and math, says Anne Jolly, a former middle-grades teacher and author of the MiddleWeb blog STEM Imagineering. In recognition of Middle Level Education Month, Jolly, in this blog post, offers several tips for STEM teachers or those innovative educators teaching middle grades. She suggests giving control of learning to students, fostering curiosity and collaboration, and accepting failure and drawbacks. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/25)
  • Students compete to design mission sending humans to Mars' moons
    More than 30 graduate and undergraduate students from 21 universities and 11 countries are competing in a challenge to design manned missions to one of Mars' two tiny moons. The Caltech Space Challenge, which runs this week, will be judged by scientists from Caltech, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and various aerospace companies. "The Caltech Space Challenge is our way to continue to support and advance what is bound to be a long process of design, development and innovation leading to human footprints on Martian soil," said Jason Rabinovitch, a Caltech Ph.D. student and one of the team leaders. (3/25)
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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.
  • N.Y. school district teams with local manufacturers for career study
    Middle- and high-school students in the West Irondequoit Central School District in New York get a firsthand look at manufacturing through internships and factory visits in the area. The program is funded through grants, and has received support from companies such as Optimax, whose CEO says such exposure will help establish a future workforce. "We're targeting the kids who might not know what to do at this point in their lives," Pat McCue, principal of Irondequoit High School, said. "A four-year college isn't maybe the way they want to go, and there are a lot of good paying jobs in the area for hard-working kids with that math and science skill set." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (3/24) Email this Story
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  • Study examines gender differences in science careers
    More women than men have high aptitudes in both language and mathematics, but fewer choose a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, according to a study of 1,500 college-bound students. The study, published in Psychological Science, found that cultural stereotypes may discourage women from pursing STEM careers, and their multiple aptitudes may lead them to better opportunities in other fields. (3/25)
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  • Last week for VISION session proposals!
    The CareerTech VISION 2013 call for presentations is now open! Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to submit to present at the premier annual event for career and technical educators. Please read these instructions, check out the walkthrough ... and submit today!
  • 2013 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
    Save the date! The 2013 Best Practices Conference is heading to San Diego Sept. 25-27. CTE administrators, don't miss this chance to hear from the best in the field -- the call for proposals is now open!
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