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Senate Gears Up for ESEA Floor Debate
Education Week

The bipartisan Elementary and Secondary Education Act overhaul will likely hit the floor of the U.S. Senate for debate late this month or early July, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the education committee and one of the bill's co-authors.

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 Not As Hard As You Think: Engaging High School Students in Work-Based Learning
 Jobs for the Future
 Work-based learning, which is a sequenced and coordinated set of activities through which students gain increasing exposure to the world of work, is a core component of the Pathways to Prosperity framework.  Work-based learning addresses a shared goal of educators and employers: preparing students with the knowledge and skills, including both technical and 21st-century skills, needed for productive careers.

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Every Career is a STEM Career

Consumer Affairs

As important as STEM careers are, the notable dropout rate in STEM focused college programs and the growing segregation of students into STEM versus non-stem categories shows our broad misunderstanding of what STEM really is at its core. Every career is a STEM career. The only difference is the amount of education required for a specific field and the financial compensation received. 

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House Looks to Resurrect ESEA Bill for Action as Early as Next Week
Education Week
Months after Republican leaders in Congress yanked a GOP-backed Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization off the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives amid sinking support from their own caucus, they appear poised to call it up again. 
Brains, Not Brawn: America's Lack of Stem Students is Bad News for National Security

US News and World Report

As students make their decisions about which colleges to attend and contemplate their eventual majors and careers, it may come as a surprise that their decisions are fundamental to our national security. The country's defensive capabilities often depend on brains, not brawn. Development of nuclear weaponry is but one example. And the biggest contemporary threat - one that could surface at any time and on an unfathomable scale - is the likelihood of a massive cyberattack.

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20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer

TeachThought 

School may be winding down, but that doesn't mean learning has to. In fact, it is vital that it doesn't! When students let their brains take a break over the summer, they can lose the equivalent of two months of their grade-level math and reading skills. To combat summer learning loss and keep those STEM skills fresh over the summer, Project Lead The Way put together a list of super simple (and fun) STEM activities you can do with your children over summer break.

Read more here. 

Around the Community

American Society for Engineering Education Livestreaming Maker Events Next Week at their Annual Conference

 ASEE will have a variety of maker activities at its conference, including two that will be shown live. The session on Monday, June 15 from 2 to 5pm (PDT) will bring student teams from various universities to compete on innovative design and manufacturing solutions for environmental enhancement. A session on Tuesday, June 16 from 12:30 to 2pm (PDT) will showcase nearly 20 maker projects.

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Making a Maker Congressional Briefing

ASME, along with the Council on Undergraduate Research, SAE International, and the House Maker Caucus, is working on a Congressional Briefing on June 15th at noon in Rayburn B340 entitled "Making a Maker".  Piggybacking on the momentum of the Capitol Hill Maker Faire and the National Maker Faire taking place this week, this briefing is intended to highlight the current popularity of "Making" and talk about the skills and knowledge necessary to not only create a Maker but also to help move them to industry later in life.

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Inspiring Students to Study the Brain

 

 

DCRC Club Hosts DaVinci Challenge: Flight Day

   

 

 

New After-School Program for Kids Achieves Funding Success 

As the 2014-2015 school year wraps up, teachers in Greater New Orleans will have earned more than $23,000 in additional income through Thinkerella, a local startup that provides interactive learning programs for children ages 3-13. 

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EUMETSAT: How Do We Monitor the Weather From Space?

 

 

The Boy Who Played With Fusion: The Youngest Person Ever to Build a Working Nuclear Reactor

The Boy Who Played with Fusion tells the extraordinary story of science prodigy Taylor Wilson.  By the age of nine, Taylor had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis inspired him to seek new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree nuclear fusion reactor.

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Run Across the Moon: A Documentary on Land Speed Racing and Aeronautic

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Supporting Women STEM Students and Researchers 

 

   

Doshi STEM Institute Fundraising Opportunity

Doshi STEM Institute  is one of the few schools fully dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM schools on Long Island. It seeks to continue to be the home for students with the potential to become the bright future of Long Island.

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STEM Magazine, June 2015 edition

Be sure to check out this month's edition of STEM Magazine. This issue includes the magazine's first-ever Spanish language article from a new contributor in Spain.  

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June 16-17, 2015

Closing Manufacturing Skills Gap In Great Lakes Region  

 

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 June 24, 2015

IBM CTE Policy Discussion

 

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June 25, 2015

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July 16-17, 2015

STEM Competition Conference

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TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC

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