July 21, 2021
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Summer camp has students learning STEM while playing
A summer camp hosted by Oklahoma State University students is teaching students about STEM topics through play. The camp, which has been hosted in several locations, teaches STEM concepts through hands-on activities such as building towers using drinking straws and making rockets out of plastic soda bottles.
Full Story: Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) (7/19) 
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Columbia Public Schools in Missouri is partnering with youth organization network 4-H on a summer school class titled Kids in the Kitchen. During the class, students learn basic cooking skills and healthy recipes that they can prepare at home, such as fruit parfait and fruit salsa.
Full Story: Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.) (7/19) 
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Gender Equity in STEM
60 years later, female astronaut trainee blasts off
Funk (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Wally Funk, 82, made history on Tuesday as the oldest person to fly to the edge of space as well as the only one of 1961's group of 13 "First Lady Astronaut Trainees" to soar above the Earth's surface in a rocket. Funk, a pilot since age 17, maintained enthusiasm for decades after the US's Woman in Space Program was shuttered -- finally being invited by billionaire Jeff Bezos to join the crew of his private Blue Origin rocket.
Full Story: The New York Times (7/20),  NBC News (7/20) 
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Va. city's plaza renamed to honor Henrietta Lacks
A visitor takes a photo of a portrait of Henrietta Lacks at an event for the movie, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
The Roanoke City Council in Virginia is renaming part of a plaza for Henrietta Lacks, who was born in the city and lived there until age 4. Previously named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, the plaza area will honor Lacks, who died in 1951 and became the source of an immortal human cell line that has made medical history.
Full Story: The Roanoke Times (Va.) (7/19) 
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Stakeholder Input is Vital to the Success of Virtual Learning
Educational stakeholders share an overwhelming belief in the importance of learning, and their support is crucial to online programs. This SmartFocus looks at the vital roles and strategies of teachers, parents, community partners, and students in the success of virtual learning programs.
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Research & Funding
Path Robotics has raised $100 million in a funding round to continue developing construction welding robots that go beyond following instructions to observe and learn from their work. However, investors think the technology could eventually extend beyond welding.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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A permanent outdoor exhibit called "Dino Dig Adventure" debuts today at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. The exhibit allows guests to dig in three pits representing the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods and uncover replica dinosaur fossils, while learning about the animals.
Full Story: NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (7/21) 
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Explore full event agenda for CTE leaders
Don't miss the in-person gathering of CTE administrators at ACTE's and NCLA's Best Practices and Innovations in CTE Conference, taking place Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Austin, Texas. This year's event features an information-packed agenda of 28 sessions and 16 roundtables along with distinguished keynote speakers Rachael Mann, Joyce Malyn-Smith and Michael Bettersworth. Learn more and register.
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Upcoming innovation webinar
Our next innovations series webinar, "Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace: Recruiting and Marketing CTE in a Virtual World," happens July 22 at 2 p.m. ET. Attendees will learn innovative ways to support local districts with career development activities and create new recruiting and marketing approaches to embrace a broader audience of students and families. Register for this free webinar.
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