Briarcliff Students Code 'Digital Stories' For Younger Peers
Fifth-grade students at Todd Elementary School used their coding experience to create interactive and engaging video games for kindergartners. After weeks of creative work, they shared their projects with the younger students and allowed them to play the video games.

"Coding is something that everyone should be exposed to because the future is all going to be based on technology and if you know how to code, the sky is the limit," said technology teacher Lori Whitman. "There are so many coding jobs out there, especially for girls. Starting at this level with coding is really building the future."

Students used Scratch, a free educational programming tool, which allowed them to create the interactive stories using scenery and vocabulary appropriate for a younger audience. The project allowed students to take control of their own learning, be creative and think critically.  >>READ MORE 
Johns Hopkins Showcases STEM Education in Baltimore Communities
Michael Falk is married to a teacher, and when he learned science did not play a more prominent role in a child's school day, he was inspired to start STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools - also known as SABES, which was first implemented at three schools in 2013. Funded by the National Science Foundation, SABES aims to improve STEM curriculum and delivery to Baltimore City Public School students in third through fifth grades at nine schools.

This five-year project also created after-school STEM programming and is a partnership among the district, out-of-school providers, community development corporations and Johns Hopkins University, where Falk is an engineering and physics professor.

Falk, who will be a panelist at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference on May 18, spoke to U.S. News about SABES and how community engagement can enhance a STEM education.  >>READ MORE
Weistek Launches $249 MiniToy 3D Printer for STEM Education in China and Beyond
 Last April, reported that China intends to install at least one 3D printer in each of its 400,000 elementary schools. There are several companies ready to take advantage of this opportunity for 3D printing in education, not only in Asia. One of the better positioned could be Weistek, which is about to launch its STEM-ready, kid-friendly MiniToy 3D printer on Kickstarter, at a price as low as $249.

Founded in May 2011 in Shenzhen, Weistek Co is a leading researcher and manufacturer of consumer (desktop) 3D printers, 3D printing filament and software. The company has a R&D team of 20 engineers, which owns 2 approved patents in China and 10 others which are pending. Most of the production takes plane in a 4.000 square meter facility located at the International Low Carbon City of Shenzhen, built in 2013 in order to meet the expanding needs of the market. >>READ MORE 
160 Students From Across the Country Named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars
U.S. Secretary of Education John King today announced the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

"This year's class of Presidential Scholars continues a more than 50 year trend of honoring students who've shown excellence in their educational, artistic and civic pursuits," King said. "Thirty years ago, the program was expanded to include students in the arts, which is critical to providing students with a well-rounded education. Now, we've added 20 more slots to honor our highest achieving students in career and technical education, reflecting the Department's belief that a quality education must be a well-rounded education that prepares students for college, careers and any other civic service."

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the three million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,600 candidates qualified for the 2016 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ competition.   >>READ MORE

A Mother loves right from the start.
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter.
Her love is so strong it will never alter.

A Mother gives never ending love.
Shen never feels that has given enough.
For you she will always do her best.
Constantly working, there's no time to rest.

A Mother is there when things go wrong.
A hug and kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near.
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.

So on this day shower your Mother with love.
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your Mother a day to have some peace of mind.
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, be kind.  
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Toyota Motor North America, Inc. today presented Georgetown College with a $1 million grant to support education programs for students preparing for careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), with an emphasis on future educators who will teach in a STEM-focused field.

Over the last 30 years, Toyota has partnered with Georgetown College on other scholarship initiatives, giving more than $1.5 million prior to today's announcement. Annually, Toyota's Georgetown plant provides over $171,000 in direct scholarships to Kentucky students attending colleges and universities across the state.
Honeywell And NASA Put STEM Education In 'Motion' For Washington Middle Schools
Honeywell and NASA are proud to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with the award-winning, hip-hop educational experience FMA Live! Forces in Motion. The program made its return to the West Coast this month with plans to visit six states and perform at 40 public, private and military-connected middle schools.

FMA Live! Forces in Motion is making a stop in Washington for the next two weeks with twelve performances in North Bend (Twin Falls Middle School), Bothell (Canyon Park Junior High School), Granite Falls (Granite Falls Middle School), Bremerton (West Hills STEM Academy), Kingston (Kingston Middle School) and Poulsbo (Poulsbo Middle School). >>READ MORE 
Black Male Initiative Summit Empowers Black Male Students
Denver University hosted its 7th annual Black Male Initiative Summit (BMIS). This program was hosted by the faculty at the Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) in order to give black male students in 8th and 9th grade the opportunity to be in an environment that supports academic achievement in graduating high school and higher education, leadership and a space of fellowship as they build their identity as black male students.

The program is inspired by the figures from the National Center for Education Statistics that in 2008, the high school graduation rate for black males was 31.4 percent, while black women graduated at 43.1 percent. BMIS now seeks to empower these men to thrive both in and out of school, as well as present tools best needed to support young black men.


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