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January 28, 2013
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  • Students put Fla. sun to work in STEM competition
    In its second year, the Solar Boat STEM Challenge in Lee County, Fla., had students racing solar-powered boats they built from simple materials such as plastic and Styrofoam. "The whole purpose is to give as many as these STEM education opportunities that are fun and engaging that they learn from, and grow personally in terms of wanting to pursue science and engineering at the higher level," said Dustin Chisum, public outreach director for the Renewable Energy Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University, which sent a team of students to the event to race a "proof of concept" solar kart. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (1/26) Email this Story
  • Professor: STEM subjects should relate more to students' interests
    To inspire more students to pursue an education in science, technology, engineering and math, schools need to present these subjects in ways that relate to students' lives -- and are not simply a collection of formulas and equations -- said Roni Ellington, assistant professor of mathematics education at Morgan State University. Ellington's recommendations were made at TEDxBaltimore, a conference of students and professionals from the technology field. American City Business Journals/Baltimore (1/25) Email this Story
  • Ark. school district expands engineering program
    Russellville Junior High School in Arkansas offered engineering courses for the first time this year with the assistance of a startup grant from the state and two more grants obtained by teacher Rachel Cogburn. Engineering is taught at the high-school level, but, by expanding the courses, officials are seeking to help students make decisions even earlier about courses and careers to pursue. "This is something that will either spark their interest, or they'll figure out which direction they want to go," Cogburn said. The Courier (Russellville, Ark.) (1/26) Email this Story
  • 3M supports sustainability in environmental-education programs
    As part of its commitment to green technology and sustainability, 3M has pledged $400,000 to nine environmental organizations that provide education programs to students across the country. "3M is committed to sustainability, and these educational programs are helping to connect the future workforce to nature and science as well," said Kim Price, vice president of 3M Community Affairs. (1/26) Email this Story
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  • Women in STEM careers earn more than those in non-STEM jobs
    Women comprise just 25% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math; however, those who are breaking into STEM fields are making about 33% more than women working in other industries, according to statistics from the White House Council on Women and Girls. Representatives from trade schools in Pennsylvania visit area high schools to encourage more girls to pursue STEM fields, and some women working in such fields are calling for more opportunities and programs for girls at the high-school level. New Castle News (Pa.) (1/28) Email this Story
  • Gaming makes inroads in K-12 education
    Paper-based games have long been a classroom staple, but many teachers have shifted to high-tech gaming. Advocates say the interactive nature of gaming has benefits in K-12 education. However, as momentum has grown for gaming in the classroom, critics have suggested that gaming is a waste of time for students and some school districts continue to use firewalls to block gaming-based websites. T.H.E. Journal (1/23)
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