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Coalition Updates:
Coalition Celebrates President Signing ESSA Bill
As President Obama said, "We need more bills like this!" The STEM Education Coalition, along with several of its members, was invited to attend the presidential signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This bill provides substantial support for STEM education for K-12 in the states, and is a big victory for the bipartisan efforts of congressional members, their staff, and community stakeholders.

STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum Hosts Second Briefing
The STEM Education Coalition Policy Forum hosted its second of a series of educational congressional briefing on informal STEM education. Focused on public-private partnerships and how we measure their levels of success, the briefing hosted a national gathering of informal STEM experts with on-the-ground knowledge and expertise, as well as professionals who have been examining the national trends and levels of success of informal STEM programs for students.
Top Article:
President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy
Education Week
For the past quarter century, federal education policy has been moving in one direction: toward standards-based education redesign, a greater reliance on standardized tests, and bigger role for Washington when it comes to holding schools accountable for student results. President Barack Obama reversed course with the stroke of a pen Thursday, putting states and districts back at the wheel when it comes to teacher evaluation, standards, school turnarounds, and accountability, through a new iteration of the five-decade old Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Huffington Post
 With both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate having approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to No Child Left Behind, Congress has clearly demonstrated that the success of school improvements depends largely on state leadership. Our state capitals have the capacity, authority, and responsibility to enact real education change, and ESSA ensures those states and localities are empowered to do what is necessary to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education in a classroom led by an exemplary educator.
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ESSA Cements the K-12 Obama-Duncan Legacy
Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, which passed in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, is being hailed as a model of bipartisan legislative action. It's also being touted as a repudiation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's authority and philosophy, a smack-down for federal intervention-the largest rollback of Washington's authority in a generation.
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The next generation of learners will forge ahead in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. These skills are a central element of a well-rounded education; however, STEM education should not be an isolated entity.
Around the Community
EiE Video Snippets
The Museum of Science, Boston is releasing a series of videos to help K -12 educators understand and implement new academic standards. Created by Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the award-winning curriculum project of the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), the "EiE Video Snippets" illuminate the science and engineering practices specified in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), showing what these practices look like when young children try them in real classrooms.

Museum of Science, Boston Applauds ESSA
The Museum of Science, Boston applauds the House and Senate passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. We congratulate Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. John Kline, Rep. Bobby Scott, and their staff on this bipartisan achievement.

SMART Competition
The competition is designed to encourage an academic interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), provide a hands-on, career technology based realworld engineering experience (CTE) and to increase student motivation to learn and stay in school while providing an opportunity for fun and creative student-team academic activities.
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Flight Simulators Reshape STEM Education
If Jay LeBoff had been better at video games, his company may not exist today. But when LeBoff, creator of the STEM Pilot flight simulator, struggled to steer in his favorite racing game with his X-Box controller, he took a unique pit stop in 2004 by creating a surround-sound simulated race car.
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