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Coalition Update
Society of Women Engineers Joins Coalition Leadership Council
The STEM Education Coalition is delighted to announce the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has joined the Coalition's Leadership Council. For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The organization is centered around a passion for their members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.
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Top Article:
How Common Core Quietly Won the War
Note to 2016 GOP contenders: The Common Core has won the war. Republican presidential candidates are still bashing the divisive K-12 standards. Donald Trump recently called the Common Core a "complete disaster," and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz proclaimed they should be abolished - along with the Education Department.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
New Federal Law Means Computer Science Is Officially Part of STEM
Education Week 
The STEM Education Act of 2015, which expands the definition of STEM-an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-to include computer science programs,  was signed into law yesterday.
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Lipinski's Proposal to Boost Informal STEM Education Becomes Law
Bugle Newspapers 
Congressman Dan Lipinski's proposal directing the  National Science Foundation to award grants for innovative, informal science, technology, engineering, and math education projects and programs has been signed into law. "This new law will help museums and science centers across the country introduce a variety of engaging STEM programs that will support and build upon what our young people are learning in school," said Lipinski. 
Huffington Post
Today, approximately 650 middle school and high school science students will come to USC to take part in a laser and optics interactive fair. Sounds wonky? It isn't. Optics and laser technologies are the technologies on our smartphone screens and smartphone cameras and are influencing the future of self-driving cars. According to the industry organization SPIE, the size of the photonics and laser industry is expected to grow to over $650 billion by 2020.
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Around the Community
Allen Distinguished Educators Award
The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) Award honors K-12 teachers who create innovative, student-directed programs focused on computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship skills. Each selected ADE, up to seven in 2016, will receive $25,000, national recognition and support to promote their programs at greater scale.
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Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators to serve 11 months in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office. Einstein Fellows bring their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to their host offices to inform Federal STEM education efforts.
Aerospace Discovery Weekend is a 3-day youth aerospace adventure held on the SUN 'n FUN Convention Campus to introduce young men and women to the dynamic world of aviation. Youth groups will find unique opportunities ranging from an astronaut's presentation to learning how the science of sports relates to flying an airplane. 

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The Porcupine Project

Follow the Bayfront Maritime Center as they take on rebuilding and designing the historic Lake Erie Schooner Porpcupine. Porcupine's mission will be sailing as the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay, a hands-on sailing STEM classroom and historic regional attraction.

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STEM Magazine, October 2015

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