Please enjoy this week's STEM Ed update.


Top Article:
Efforts to Overhaul NCLB Law Inch Ahead in Congress
Education Week
Congressional efforts to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act, the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, are inching forward in Congress, despite recent setbacks in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read more here.   

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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Criticism of Common Core is Misdirected
Seattle Times
Core has been unfairly blamed for a variety of problems in America's schools, from over-testing at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle to teachers not instructing elementary school kids to write in cursive. None of that is true. 

Fort Bend News 

With companies struggling to find qualified candidates to fill positions that rely on strong math, science and technical abilities, specialized schools like UTI and four-year colleges and community colleges are responding by increasing the number and quality of courses that bolster those skills.  

Read more here. 

Seven Strategies for Keeping Women in STEM Fields


Women who enter science and engineering fields often researcher_science_tube.jpgleave prematurely - and if they stay, many don't advance      as quickly as their male counterparts. Now an academic panel has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.   

 Read more here. 

A New Social Science? Statistics Outgrowing Other STEM Fields
Statistics-the science of learning from data-is the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, an analysis of federal government education data conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) revealed.
Read more here.
Bill Gates on the Future of Education, Programing and Just About Everything Else
Gates talked a lot about the issue throughout the Q&A session, and his hypothesis is simple: Education in the United States is broken - it has the highest higher  education dropout rate among rich countries - and MOOCs can help fix it. In fact, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested a lot of money into the education field ( to the chagrin of some experts), including strong support of Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, startups such as the Khan Academy.

From Around the Community

College is Just the Beginning
College Is Just the Beginning: The Employer Role in $1.1 Trillion Postsecondary Education and Training System focuses on employer investment in formal training for workers in the context of the broader postsecondary education and training system and the primary institutions involved in skill development in the United States.



Tennessee STEM Education Caucus STEM Conference Competition  

The Second STEM Competitions Conference brings together parents, teachers, and competition managers to
enhance student participation in educational STEM competitions.

Read more here. 


Washington Facts: STEM Edition

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) who chaired this week's hearing of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training said that the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act provides Congress an opportunity to help every individual - regardless of location or background - access and complete higher education, if they choose.

Read more here.  



STEM Magazine

S.T.E.M. Magazine is not a curriculum, but rather a resource of awareness that exists to provide clarity on the subject of how we already incorporate S.T.E.M. into every class, how to encourage the creative process and cultivate curiosity in both the teacher and student. In addition, S.T.E.M. Magazine strives to encourage educators about the urgent need for this inclusion in light of their responsibility to equip students fully for their careers.
Read more here.


Internships Could Help Guide Students to Tampa Area STEM Jobs
The Tampa Bay area, right now, has 13,000 job openings for people educated in science, technology, engineering and math and local business leaders are working to draw even more such jobs here.
Read more here.

Top 7 You Tube Channels for Kids
Well, if you ever thought science was all about boring and complicated stuff, these 7 YouTube channels will prove otherwise. These You Tube science videos are not only showing you how to have fun with science but they are also making science geeks look cool.
View here.

"STEM Behind Health" Puts Students on the Front Lines of the Medical Field Exploring Diseases Still in Need of a Cure
For parents and teachers tired of answering the question, "Why do I have to learn this?" comes an exciting new activity series from Texas Instruments (TI) and Sanford Health called "STEM Behind Health." Developed with top medical experts and researchers, "STEM Behind Health" provides students with an interactive, hands-on way to explore the math and science concepts behind diseases still in need of a cure.
Read more here.
Leaders To Learn From: Michael Lin

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In This Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

March 24, 2015

Mathematics Instructions to Help Struggling Students





March 23-25, 2015

United States Fab Lab Network Symposium





Throughout March 2015

Microsoft & Kashmir Robotics 

DaVinci Challenge: Build a Drone





Deadline April 1, 2015

DARPA Student Video Contest on Societal Implications of Robotics 





April 16-17, 2015  

STEM Conference





April 18, 2015

National Math Fair






May 16-17, 2015

The Second Annual Stamford STEMfest





July 16-17, 2015

STEM Competition Conference





July 29-31, 2015

Summer Institute



 Coming in 2015

TechOut Oakland, TechOut Houston + TechOut OC





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