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Coalition Updates:
Coalition Joins in Call for Action on Career and Technical Education Legislation
pharmacy.jpgThe STEM Education Coalition has joined over 400 educational organizations, private businesses, and professional societies in a joint letter asking Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act.
Top Article:
School Systems Get More Say on STEM Education
Education Week
The new federal education bill gives states and districts more leeway in many areas, including how they use federal dollars for science, technology, engineering, and math programs.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
6 Education Stories to Watch In 2016
From the new Every Student Succeeds Act to Common Core and student debt, NPR takes a look at the top national education issues the United States will confront in the new year.
He's Acting, but the Nation's New Education Secretary is for Real
Washington Post
"Wait, are you a president?" the boy asked the grown-up in the gray suit, who had been escorted into their small classroom at JoAnn Leleck Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., by an army of photographers, cameramen, reporters, and assorted school and county officials. "No, but I work for the president," King said with a smile. King is the nation's acting education secretary, replacing Arne Duncan, who relinquished the job last week after seven years as one of the most influential policymakers for the country's 100,000 public K-12 schools.
Why STEM's Future Rests In The Hands Of 12-Year-Old Girls
Tech Crunch
A recent report by the  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) took a comprehensive look at gender differences in student performance based on an exam taken by 15-year-olds. The report found that, although girls often perform better than their male peers - staying in school longer and out-performing them in reading - the top-performing girls continue to lag behind top-performing boys in math and science.
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Help the U.S. Department of Energy Design the Future of Clean Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Idaho National Lab is recruiting high school and university students in graphic design, communications , science and / or engineering to bolster their portfolio, resume or college applications by entering the  2016 Geothermal Design Challenge.

STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools
Come learn about National Science Foundation's K-12 research and resources with a special emphasis on standards-based instruction in science. Become familiar with research-based instructional materials and issues related to curriculum development and implementation.



Genes in Space Competition
This national science contest offers a unique opportunity for students in grades 7 through 12 to design a DNA experiment for space. Last year's winner, Anna-Sophia Boguraev, is evaluating the impact of space travel on the human immune system.  Her experiment is scheduled for launch in early 2016!  Genes in Space invites your students to explore the many opportunities and challenges of space exploration. 

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100Kin10 unites the nation's top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers to educate the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.
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