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January 8, 2016.


Please enjoy this week's STEM Ed update.

Coalition Updates:
STEM Highlights of FY2016 Omnibus Budget Deal
As the year comes to end, Congress is considering the final loose ends on 2016 federal funding. Included in the over 2000 page appropriations bill are several funding streams for STEM education programs and initiatives.
Top Article:
Education Spending Slated for $1.2 Billion Boost in Congressional Budget Deal
Education Week
Title I aid for the nation's neediest students would get a $500 million boost up to approximately $14.9 billion, while state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act would rise by $415 million up to $11.9 billion, as part of an omnibus federal budget deal  announced by the House appropriations committee early Wednesday. Those and other spending increases are part of an overall budget increase for the U.S. Department of Education of $1.2 billion. The agreement is expected to move through Congress in coming days and win approval from the White House.  
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
American Institute of Physics
The new education law, a rewrite of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act long in the works, overhauls the much-maligned 2002 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law by shifting much of the responsibility for accountability for student performance at the nation's K-12 public schools from the federal government back to the states. Less discussed, the law also aims to strengthen federal government support of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
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ESEA Reauthorization: How Will ESSA's Regulatory Process Work?
Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act is officially an honest-to-goodness law. So what happens next? And how will regulation on a bill that is aimed partly at curtailing the federal role on K-12 work? For starters, there will be a transition period between No Child Left Behind, the old version of the law, and its waivers to these new ESSA plans. Waivers are null and void by August 1, 2016. ESSA will be fully in place beginning in the 2017-18 school year.
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 Speaker John Boehner's September announcement about leaving Congress was a shock to lawmakers who had been deep in painstaking negotiations for months on a bill to replace No Child Left Behind, which President Barack Obama signed into law this week. It meant that a key supporter of the bill would soon be gone. But then came Paul Ryan.
Around the Community
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.

LearningBlade: Growing Interest & Sharpening Skills for STEM

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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