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Coalition Update:
National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools Joins Coalition's Leadership Council
The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) has joining the STEM Education Coalition's Leadership Council. Established in 1988, NCSSS was created to provide a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas.    
Top Article:
Congress Clears Budget that Locks in Sequester-Level Education Funding
Education Week
Congress passed a fiscal year 2016 budget on Tuesday that locks in sequester-level funding, ensuring no new money for federal education spending and outlining further cuts to federal education programs over the next decade.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.

Revisiting the STEM Workforce
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge Introduces the Community STEM Learning Act of 2015

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) introduced the Community STEM Learning Act of 2015 to increase opportunities for minority youth in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The legislation provides federal funding to community-based organizations with STEM-focused programs, and prepares our nation's youth to compete for 21st century jobs.

Read more here.

Summer Camps with a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts

ECN Magazine

At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the chance to fly drones and earn special patches. And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent.

Read more here. 

Districts Out Ahead of States in Adopting Science Standards
Education Week

While statewide adoptions of the Next Generation Science Standards continue to prove slow and steady, some districts are jumping the gun on their states and starting to bring the new standards to classrooms as soon as possible. In many cases, science teachers themselves have led this charge.

Read more here.

Nice Ph.D. Think It Was Worth It?
So the question is: Should you (or your son or daughter) go the Ph.D. route? Thinking about the costs and benefits of a decision like this isn't easy -- many of the costs are hidden, and not monetary in nature.
Read more here.

Quiz Scores Go up When Students Feel Physics

Epoch Times

Students who physically experience scientific concepts understand them more deeply and score better on science tests, according to a new study. Brain scans showed that students who took a hands-on approach to learning had activation in sensory and motor-related parts of the brain when they later thought about concepts such as angular momentum and torque.

Read more here.

From Around the Community

Focus on the Future: Kentucky, Toyota Expand Early Childhood Academies
Preparing parents helps prepare students...which leads to a prepared workforce.Today half of the children in Kentucky arrive at kindergarten unprepared. The United Way Born Learning Academies meet a critical need in Kentucky communities: helping parents turn everyday moments into learning opportunities to help prepare their kids for kindergarten and beyond.
Read more here.

DoD Joins Forces to Invest in STEM Education
From cell phones to household computers, STEM keeps the world connected. The Department of Defense (DoD) is making an investment to ensure military children have access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education with the expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program.
Read more here.
To Build an Army of STEM Workers, Look to Veterans
While the U.S. job market has been gaining strength in recent months, there's one group of Americans who are still struggling to find work: veterans. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post 9/11 veterans was 6.7 percent in Februarya full point higher than the population at large.
Read more here.
Eliot Hine Radio/TV: Technology Being Used As a Creation Tool
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In This Newsletter
Quick Links
Upcoming Events
May 10, 2015
Build a Drone Workshop
May 11-15, 2015
Teaching & Learning Video Showcase
May 14, 2015
The Role of Education & Industry Partners
May 14, 2015
Partnerships & Policies to Fight Cybercrime

May 16-17, 2015

The Second Annual Stamford STEMfest





May 21, 2015

Creative Diversity in the Early Childhood Classroom





May 30, 2015

An evening with Pixar





June 16-17, 2015

Closing Manufacturing Skills Gap In Great Lakes Region  






 June 29 and 30, 2015

EPICS K-12 Workshop





 Deadline June 30, 2015

The Golden Goose Awards





July 16-17, 2015

STEM Competition Conference





 Coming in 2015

TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC





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