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Capitol Report: September 2015
As the summer comes to an end, members of Congress will return to Washington to face a slew of spending issues and other matters. The presidential campaign is already stealing headlines and it will be interesting to see if that persists once Congress is back to doing the people's business instead of visiting with constituents, traveling to learn more about policies and programs, and taking time off.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
How Should 9/11 Be Taught in Schools?
It wasn't until a year or two ago that Leigh Campbell-Hale found herself having to explain the events of S ept. 11, 2001, to her students. Before then, "you didn't have to say much about it," the 60-year-old history teacher at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, said. "The kids remembered seeing the planes go into the towers."
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Congress' Infrastructure To Do List for Fall
Infrastructure Report Card
Summer comes to an end next week as Congress returns to the Capitol after a five-week recess. Deadlines will be the theme this fall, with the first being the Oct. 1 funding deadline to keep the government open. The second important deadline for ASCE is Oct. 29, when MAP-21, the surface transportation bill, expires. With a D+ cumulative GPA, the topic of America's infrastructure should be at the top of their to-do lists. Congress has several opportunities to address some of the nation's infrastructure needs in the coming weeks. Here's what to watch: 
Top 50 Best Value Engineering Programs of 2015
Value Colleges 
There are a handful of fields that all but guarantee graduates a high return on investment: Engineering degrees have spectacularly high ROIsfinance, medicine, law. But for people who like hands-on experimentation, complex projects, and dreaming big, engineering is the way to go, even from state colleges and universities, and there's a job market hungry for qualified engineers. 
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3 Ways to Revolutionize STEM Education In the United States
According to the STEM (Science Technology, Engineerin g and Math) Coalition, there are 26 million STEM jobs in the U.S., comprising 20 percent of all jobs. By 2020, there will be 9.2 million STEM jobs in the U.S. Despite the need for these workers, only 45 percent and 30 percent of high school seniors are prepared for college-level math and science courses, respectively.
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This Century-Old Eastern European Custom Might Actually Make Kids Love Math
Business Insider
Every parent with an appreciation of science wants her child to love math. But not all of us are equipped to help them see the beauty in numbers.
Last year my daughter, who is going into 4th grade, came home and announced for the first time that she "hates" math. So I went in search of an afterschool program that might inspire her to change her attitude.
Around the Community
2015 Congressional App Challenge
The Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows U.S. high school students to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. Registration will begin in October.
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Underrepresented Students in STEM Fields to be Helped by Grant to Ithaca College
A $600,000 grant from the New York State Department of Education will aid Ithaca College in its efforts to increase the number of students who have been traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health-related fields.
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