High-schoolers organize online STEM fair | University hosts virtual STEM workshop | UK civil engineering industry works to hire more women
July 8, 2020
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High-schoolers organize online STEM fair
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A group of California teenagers are organizing a virtual STEM fair for middle-school and high-school students in Sacramento and Yolo counties. Participants will write report about their projects, provide schematics to show how their projects work and make videos -- all for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $500.
Full Story: KXTV-TV (Sacramento, Calif.) (7/8) 
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Gender Equity in STEM
Only 12% of civil engineers in the UK are women, compared to 50% of civil engineers in Eastern Europe, according to Yvonne Murphy with the Institution of Civil Engineers. The UK civil engineering industry is looking to increase that number by adjusting job postings to appeal to women, promoting more work flexibility, and training managers to combat unconscious bias.
Full Story: The Guardian (London) (7/7) 
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Research & Funding
American universities are losing their edge in scientific research, writes economic historian Richard Vedder. A new attitude is needed toward federal funding for research, which has stagnated and should be seen as an economic stimulus, he writes
Full Story: Forbes (7/5) 
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Business & Industry
As NASA prepares rename its headquarters in Washington, D.C., after Mary W. Jackson, the first Black woman to be hired as an engineer with the agency, several NASA staff reflected on her legacy. She was a promoter of science careers to people of color and pushed women colleagues to do more research and publish academic papers.
Full Story: Digital Trends (7/7) 
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More than 100 drivers on Arizona's Interstate 17 have been alerted since January 2018 by the nation's first wrong-way vehicle detection and warning system, the Arizona Department of Transportation says. The $4 million pilot system alerts drivers through flashing LED lights and automatically informs law enforcement when wrong-way drivers are detected.
Full Story: KTAR-AM/KTAR-FM (Phoenix) (7/5) 
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Two West Coast agencies and nine utilities have proposed working together to pave the way for electric trucks under an effort dubbed the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative. The initial goal is to build 27 electric charging stations every 50 miles on Interstate 5 to accommodate medium-duty vehicles and eventually upgrade 14 stations to serve big-rigs.
Full Story: Inside Hook (6/20) 
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Scholarships available for your CTE students
The Horatio Alger Association is now accepting applications from students who have completed high school and will be enrolled in a CTE program at an accredited non-profit postsecondary institution in the fall. This year, the association will award 1,020 scholarships at up to $2,500 each. Applications are due Aug. 15. Encourage your students to apply.
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Early-bird registration for CareerTech VISION 2020 is open
The premier event for CTE professionals, ACTE's CareerTech VISION offers unparalleled professional development, comprehensive CTE secondary and postsecondary programming, and stories of successful education and business collaborations. This year's event happens Dec. 2 to 5 in Nashville, Tenn. Register today.
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