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February 12, 2013
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STEM News for Educators

  • More students enroll in community colleges for STEM education
    Students are turning to community colleges to enhance their skills, especially for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, even after completing another degree. "A lot of the STEM fields are occupationally defined programs that lead directly to employment. With many of our two-year associate programs, students enter our colleges and immediately begin studying in the field that they plan to work in," said Chris Mullins, program director for policy analysis with the American Association of Community Colleges. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (2/6)
  • Students can use technology to learn more about nature
    Mobile applications and other technology can help teach students about conservation and document changes to the environment, writes journalist Suzie Boss. Such projects are especially timely as Environmental Education Week begins April 14 to 20 and focuses on "Greening STEM: Taking Technology Outdoors," she notes. (2/11) Email this Story
  • Teachers partner with university to develop online STEM classes
    Quinnipiac University in Connecticut will work with area teachers this summer to develop online-learning opportunities for middle- and high-school students, as part of the Online Resource Through Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. School leaders say they joined the program to strengthen collaboration and enhance engineering education. Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (2/8) Email this Story
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  • Va. students get professional feedback on science fair projects
    Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were among those lending their time and professional expertise to the judging of the Frederick County Science Fair. "It is fascinating to see what they can do," said Bill Ryals, project management branch chief of the Corps' Middle East District. "Middle school is the time we need to start talking to these kids, to build their interest in engineering." DVIDS (2/11) Email this Story
  • N.C. district gives high-school students a head start on college
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district is offering high-school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits -- for free -- ahead of graduation. The "cooperative innovative high school" model calls for high schools to be established on college campuses. The schools, open to students through an admissions process, boast high test scores, graduation rates and impressive college-admissions statistics. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/11)
  • How to get more women into tech companies
    Women tend to be good at communicating and reading people, which can help them as managers, says Selina Tobaccowala, who co-founded Evite and leads the tech team at SurveyMonkey. Speaking about her industry, Tobaccowala says more women would likely work in tech jobs if more young girls were interested in science and math. The Huffington Post/Women 2.0 (2/7)
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