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New Data: New Science Standards Are Boosting Engineering in Schools
Change the Equation
Let's usher in this year's National Engineers Week with some good news. We've crunched some numbers, and it looks like efforts to make engineering part of the K-12 curriculum are beginning to pay off. Why? Our guess is that the  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are succeeding in their aim to integrate engineering and technology into science classrooms.
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Meet the Math Professor Who's Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Tufts University professor has a proposal to combat gerrymandering: give more geometry experts a day in court. Moon Duchin is an associate professor of math and director of the Science, Technology and Society program at Tufts. She realized last year that some of her research about metric geometry could be applied to gerrymandering - the practice of manipulating the shape of electoral districts to benefit a specific party, which is widely seen as a major contributor to government dysfunction.
Home Visits With a STEM Twist
Education Week
Research shows that home visits reduce absences and improve test scores and school climate, but what if they could also spark an interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, fields? That's the question the college of education at Sacramento State University set out to answer when it began training in home visits for math and science teacher candidates.
Aquaponics STEM Classrooms In Action, Part 1
Aquaponics USA
Discover the magic of Tucson's Manzo Elementary where a hands-on ecology project boasts an on-site garden, an animal habitat and an Aquaponics Greenhouse with a STEM  Food Growing System. Manzo's Elementary students prove that Aquaponics food growing technology isn't too complicated for elementary students who experience project based  learning through interacting with a living ecosystem--their STEM Food Growing system.
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Around the Community:
Oregon Science Teachers Association Sends Letter of Support for STEM in State ESSA Plan
"Spending time in science gives all students the opportunity to experiment with STEM ideas in real-world situations. Such opportunities help spark curiosity. We need science to be taught every year beginning in kindergarten so more students begin to identify themselves as STEM capable. In order to ensure this, we need to change how we hold districts accountable and how we prepare teachers."

Job Opening: Director of STEM Policy at Afterschool Alliance
This position offers an experienced professional an excellent opportunity to build on the gains made to date in advancing afterschool STEM and cement the role of afterschool programs in national and state STEM education policies and initiatives. Working with the Vice President of Policy, the STEM Policy Director will lead the STEM policy work for the Afterschool Alliance and ensure that it is well-supported by research and communications.

Grant Opportunity: Upward Bound Math and Science Program
The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter into, and succeed in, a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants. The UBMS Program supports projects designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.
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