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President Trump Signs Bills to Encourage Women in STEM fields
On Tuesday, President Trump signed two bipartisan bills that encourage women to enter STEM fields. The President remarked that "We need policies that help support women in the workforce, and that's really very much going to be addressed by my administration over the years, and to get more and more of these bills coming out, and address the barriers faced by female and those in STEM fields."
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Governors' Top Education Priorities: 2017 State of the State Addresses
Education Commission of the States
The Education Commission of the States is out with an analysis of education priorities in this season's governors' addresses. School funding was a hot topic, with at least 32 governors discussing increasing funding or changing funding strategies. Roughly half of all governors talked about workforce development and career and technical education and at least 16 focused on bolstering early learning.
If We Want to Promote Innovation, We Must Support Teachers
 "It is hard to think of a more urgent priority for the country and planet than science technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) education. Our most pressing challenges -- from climate change to economic growth and advancing opportunity -- and our most potent opportunities require problem-solvers and innovators equipped with STEM skills. Knowledge in math, technology, and the sciences, pure and applied, is central to the jobs of tomorrow; indeed, ten of the top 14 fastest-growing industries require STEM training.
Aquaponics STEM Classrooms In Action, Part 2
Aquaponics USA
Davis Bilingual Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona was an early adopter of Aquaponics in the classroom, and their  students got a big surprise when they returned from their Christmas break in 2012. But the surprise wasn't waiting in their classroom.  It was their Library that had undergone a dramatic change.
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Innovation & Inspiration: Reflecting on SOLIDWORKS World and Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Earlier this month, the SolidProfessor team made the trek up to the Los Angeles area for both SOLIDWORKS World and Pacific Design & Manufacturing. While different in content and focus, both events called on attendees to look to the exciting future of engineering and design. SOLIDWORKS World featured the future-focused theme "The New. The Next. The Never Before." From magical theatrical illusions to creating farming ecosystems in freight containers to the exploration of Mars, the sessions at SOLIDWORKS World showcased some of the amazing ways engineers are shaping the future.

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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