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November 12, 2012
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  • NASCAR accelerates STEM learning in N.C. high schools
    The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis hosted its second annual BioMoto STEM Challenge in October. The program uses NASCAR as way to teach middle-school students about automotive engineering and other aspects of science, technology, engineering and math. Students go through simulations of actual NASCAR pit crew operations and have an opportunity to work on a stock car. (Raleigh, N.C.) (11/5) Email this Story
  • Grant provides Colo. STEM school new engineering lab
    Students at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, Colo., have state-of-the art laser cutters and other equipment in a new engineering lab financed with a $100,000 grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation. "All this equipment was much needed," said engineering teacher Mike Shallenberger. "Before the Morgridge family's gift, kids were basically using all the old equipment that I had collected throughout my career; equipment that had piled up in my garage that was older than the kids. This gets us into the 21st century." Highlands Ranch Herald (Colo.) (11/9) Email this Story
  • Calif. high school starts advanced research course
    In an effort to give her students a way to see how science works in real-world situations, Los Gatos High School teacher Cathy Messenger secured private grant money to launch an advanced research class that has her students doing water and soil experiments that go far beyond the typical science curriculum. "It's always been my passion," Messenger said of the research-based class. "It's part of why I became a teacher." San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/8) Email this Story
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  • Student developers hone their talents at Microsoft hackathon
    Microsoft's Wowzapp 2012 hackathon this weekend brought in 17,000 application developers, many of whom were students, to a global event matching the corporation's mentors with budding engineers. The goal was to help students learn more about the technical aspects of app development as well as the potential profits associated with this field. TechCrunch (11/9) Email this Story
  • Research shows appeal of science, tech to students with autism
    A recent study found that a significantly higher percentage of students with autism pursue STEM-related careers compared with students in the general population. "In an era where a world-class science and engineering workforce is needed to remain competitive in a technologically advancing global economy, it becomes imperative to discover previously untapped sources of STEM talent. This study confirms that individuals with an ASD may indeed have the potential to become such a resource," researchers noted. Disability Scoop (11/9) Email this Story
  • Should STEM recruiting begin in elementary school?
    Boeing has long sought to inspire high-school and college students to consider engineering and technical jobs, but the aviation company recently opened its doors to fifth-graders from the Mukilteo School District in Washington state. "If we can plant that in them today -- to do their math, to do their science -- by the time they come out of high school they'll be so much more ahead in their opportunities to come here and work for Boeing," said Ross Wilson, who is leading an initiative to inspire younger students' interest in aerospace. KING-TV (Seattle) (11/9) Email this Story
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