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California Law Expands K-12 Computer Science Education
The Journal
The governor of California signed a bill into law that aligns with the White House's Computer Science for All (CSforAll) initiative. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2329 , initiating a three-year planning process to bring computer science curriculum to every grade in California's public schools. According to the bill, the state superintendent of public inspection must form a 23-member "computer science strategic implementation advisory panel" on or before Sept. 1 of next year. The advisory panel "will develop recommendations and strategies for the implementation of computer science education for K-12 students, especially those in underrepresented communities," according to a news release.
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Is The "T" In STEM Supposed To Be Silent?
The Huffington Post
One thing is certain in higher education-we love a good acronym. Our college campuses are absolutely littered with them. It seems like the name of every department, degree, course, and building are shortened to a convenient set of letters, making up a secret code our students must learn to decipher. So it is not strange at all that the STEM acronym was so easily incorporated into the educational environment of truncated vernacular.
Getting Started with the Next Generation Science Standards
Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance has released a new guide: Getting Started with the Next Generation Science Standards, intended to help afterschool educators and programs understand what the standards are and why they are important, provide selected resources for further reading, and ideas for what to do next.
What College Physics Students Can Learn from Little Kids
Here's a quick experiment. Take an object-just about any object will work-and place it on a flat surface. Give it a shove. I don't think anyone would be surprised to see the object speed up when shoved and slow to a stop afterward.
But it's not the experiment that's important. It's the question: Why did the block slow down and stop after it was pushed? What force(s) are acting on the block after it was pushed?
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Washington STEM Launches STEM Photography Competition 
Washington STEM, a non-profit in Washington State that promotes equity, excellence, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math for all students in Washington state, is launching a STEM photography competition in partnership with Getty Images and the UK campaign Your Life to repicture STEM. They want to see contemporary images of these topics which celebrate people of all ages and backgrounds engaging in them. The competition is open for all to enter.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Deadline is October 10, 2016
In partnership with the Khan Academy, the Challenge invites students ages 13 to 18 to create original videos that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. Each submission will be judged on the student's ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways. One winner will be recognized and will be awarded a $250,000 educational prize. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will win $50,000, and the winner's school will receive a state-of-the art science lab valued at $100,000, designed in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory . The Breakthrough Junior Challenge winner will also be invited to the Breakthrough Prize ceremony on December 4, where she or he will be receiving the award during the televised show.
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