October 18, 2021
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21st-Century Skills
Virtual field trips bring STEM, nature to students
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Online field trips are helping students in Texas learn about the wonders of nature and animals, including cows, pigs and chickens, at Dallas Independent School District's STEM Environmental Education Center. The virtual learning experiences, meant to grow students into stewards of the environment and nature, have been reaching beyond the district to schools in other Texas communities as well as Kansas, Missouri and Utah.
Full Story: KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (10/15) 
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A New York district has received a grant to purchase an inspection drone for its agricultural landscaping program. The grant, from an initiative by Cornell University, and the drone will help students learn about workforce uses for advanced Unmanned Aircraft Systems in utility inspection and farming, said Mark Beehler, deputy superintendent of Salamanca City Central School District.
Full Story: Olean Times Herald (N.Y.) (10/16) 
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SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit
Join us on October 28 for our annual SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit when we explore the intersection of STEM and social-emotional learning. Don't miss this opportunity to get fresh ideas, hear about new programs and talk with your peers in STEM education. Register today.
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Gender Equity in STEM
Gender stereotypes have already begun taking root in students by primary school, resulting in fewer girls taking STEM subjects, according to researchers Laura Scholes and Sarah McDonald. In this article, they write about their research, which shows that these students will aspire to roles that are traditionally separated by gender.
Full Story: The Conversation (10/14) 
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How to Improve Attitudes Towards Math Learning
Many students begin developing negative attitudes towards mathematics at a young age, with past studies documenting a decline in attitude toward science and math in the late elementary years. This SmartFocus looks at some of the ways math engagement can improve.
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Research & Funding
National Grid's electric school bus in Beverly, Mass., has been one of the first to send power back to the grid, helping meet energy demands during peak times. The bus features a Proterra bidirectional battery charging system.
Full Story: Electrek (10/13) 
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Lucy mission lifts off to study 8 asteroids
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NASA's Lucy spacecraft was successfully launched into space Saturday to begin a 12-year mission to study eight asteroids. Lucy will first test its instruments on an asteroid between Jupiter and Mars in 2025 before reaching and studying the remaining Trojan asteroids by 2033.
Full Story: The Associated Press (10/16) 
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Putting Emphasis on Purposeful Play
As the landscape for K-12 education continues to evolve during and eventually beyond the pandemic, there should be emphasis on varied learning styles, different life experiences, and equity in learning entry points. Here's how you can support and empower educators with purposeful play - learn more!
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The number of work sites using mobile robots will increase more than fivefold by 2025, to over 53,000, according to Interact Analysis. Autonomous mobile robots are increasingly attractive because they can be quickly deployed and cost less than autonomous guided vehicles.
Full Story: Plant Engineering (10/14) 
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ACTE News
ACTION ALERT: Ask members of Congress to support CTE funding on Twitter
As career and technical education (CTE) stakeholders, it has never been more important to engage in the #careerteched conversation on Twitter to meet members of Congress where they are and urge them to prioritize critical investments in CTE. Read more.
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DC Digest: Oct. 4 to 10
In Washington, D.C., the House of Representatives was in recess while the Senate was in session to focus on nominations and hearings. The Senate passed an increase to the debt ceiling to avert a fiscal crisis, and the House will return to Washington to vote on the debt ceiling increase as well. Congressional leaders are still negotiating on the budget reconciliation package, and little movement on the bill has occurred publicly this week. Read more.
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