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Congress' Homework: Reauthorize Education Trio
Congressional inaction and its occasional distraction have delayed the reauthorization of three key pieces of education legislation: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ( ESEA), the Higher Education Act ( HEA) and the Carl D. Perkins Perkins Act. In order to build and maintain a strong workforce, industry must be supported by education policy that ensures high school, college, technical school and community college graduates have employable skills.
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Solving the Shortage
CAT Magazine 
If one were to believe the 2014 US Government Accountability Office (GAO)'s Current and Future Availability of Aviation Engineering and Maintenance Professionals aviation workforce report, there's no severe lack of employees in these categories.
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Not Just Research
Inside Higher Ed
It's no secret that science courses, particularly at the first- and second-year levels, can be dry. Th ere's a lot of talk among science educators about how to make these courses more interesting, to attract students and retain them as majors, but much of the conversation thus far has focused on improving individual faculty members' teaching. And that's not a bad thing: one innovative teacher in a department is better than none.
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Implementing Project-Based Learning in the 21st Century
Education Week
People learn using three domains: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor, or Head, Heart, and Hand. Everyone needs to th ink, feel/connect, and do to truly learn.
This knowledge about how people learn is the foundation of Project Based Learning (PBL).
The teacher creates experiences in, and hopefully out of, the classroom. The students act as co-designers who learn by doing, changing, and making. 
New Poll Shows Strong Support for Annual Testing
Education Week
A new poll released today shows slipping public support for the Common Core State Standards, the shared academic standards that have been put in place by more than 40 states, but backers of the approach continue to outnumber its opponents.
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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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High School Launches Engineering Academy
Mark Conner, Engineering Teacher at Hoover High, used SolidProfessor in the classroom, to train teachers, and eventually launch an online engineering academy, Catapult Engineering Academy, to make their resources available to students everywhere.
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"Make Me a Millionaire" Launches
From a fountain that gushes marinara sauce to a mouth guard that can detect concussive hits, CNBC gives a second chance to the best inventions never made in a new series, "Make Me a Millionaire Inventor,"on Wednesday August 12th.  CNBC examines exactly
how much STEM research and development it takes to get an invention from concept to prototype.
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Engineering Survey Opportunity 
As part of an NSF-funded project, researchers from Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. (TERC) and Eureka Scientific, Inc. invite women of color who are undergraduates or in their early careers (10 years or less from their terminal degree) to do an interview about their lived experiences in engineering.
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Teasing Apart Molecular Machines 
TSRI biologist Gabriel C. Lander studies the structures inside cells. He makes a difference through his work with neurodegenerative diseases. Lander is also a TSRI alumnus and he gives back to the community through STEM outreach.

National Science Board Seeks Nominees Honoring Contributions to Science
The honorary awards given annually by the National Science Board (NSB) are among the most prestigious honors that recognize outstanding achievement in science and engineering.
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STEM Magazine, August 2015 

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