N.M. high-schoolers build cellular signal booster | Students reflect on podcast project | Pa. elementary-schoolers take part in "Hour of Code"
January 15, 2020
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N.M. high-schoolers build cellular signal booster
N.M. high-schoolers build cellular signal booster
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Four high-school students from New Mexico created a cellphone signal booster for use on the Native American reservation where the school is located. Students recycled materials to build their creation, which won an award at the inaugural New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge.
Navajo Times (Window Rock, Ariz.) (1/8) 
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Students reflect on podcast project
As NPR opens its Student Podcast Challenge, grand-prize winners of the first contest -- students in Tennessee and New York -- reflect on how they were affected by the process of creating their winning podcasts. High-school juniors in Tennessee say working on their podcast gave them confidence and helped them discover previously unknown passions.
National Public Radio (1/13) 
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Gender Equity in STEM
Fla. Girl Scouts practice STEM skills
A Girl Scouts in Florida recently participated in a model race car competition to learn about aerodynamics and technology -- and have fun. As part of the group's STEM program, the scouts also learn about robotics, mobile app development and inventions.
WCJB-TV (Gainesville, Fla.) (1/15) 
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Research & Funding
STEM, education trends to monitor in 2020
The US is still struggling to attract educators from diverse backgrounds, according to Talia Milgrom-Elcott, leader of 100Kin10. In this article, Milgrom-Elcott writes that more schools are embracing the T (for technology) in STEM, but the US still needs more computer science teachers as well as resources to effectively teach about climate change.
Forbes (1/13) 
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Study rethinks approach to science lessons
Study rethinks approach to science lessons
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Teachers should rethink their approach to teaching critical thinking in science lessons, according to a study of sixth- and eighth-grade students by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Georgetown University and the University of Pittsburgh. They found that rather than starting science lessons with an overview of the scientific method, teachers should teach scientific thinking with a content-rich lesson that allows students to learn to ask questions and evaluate evidence.
The Hechinger Report (1/13) 
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Business & Industry
Flight simulation lab in Ohio museum aims to inspire youth
A flight simulation lab will be constructed inside the WACO Air Museum's new Learning Center in Ohio, thanks in part to a $32,600 donation by Collins Aerospace. The center will introduce kids to careers in aviation, and the lab will include an Elite Flight Simulator that can be used by certified pilots to renew their certifications.
Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (1/9) 
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ACTE News
New event tackles CTE teacher shortage
Join us at the inaugural Teach CTE Summit that will bring together career and technical educators and key stakeholders to build a national strategy, which will address CTE teacher recruitment and retention issues. Limited to 100 registered attendees, spots are filling up fast! Happening Feb. 26 to 28 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this focused event is generously supported by iCEV, NAAE and TeachAg. Learn more.
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Apply for Achieve 100 Award
ACTE's Achieve 100 Award showcases an institution's dedication and commitment to CTE. To be eligible for this award, schools/institutions must have 100% active ACTE membership across their CTE staff and faculty as of Dec. 31, 2019. Each award winner will receive a special plaque, plate and recognition in Techniques magazine. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1. Apply today.
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Editor's Note
STEM SmartBrief will not publish Jan. 20
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, STEM SmartBrief will not publish Monday, Jan. 20. Publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 22.
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