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STEM Educators Fear Spending Bill Undermines Goal of New U.S. Law
A federal grant has helped 500 teachers in Tampa, Florida, discover new ways to teach science at every grade level. The knowledge they've gained over the past 3 years has translated into 24 new lessons and a curriculum that includes hands-on strategies such as engineering design challenges. But the fate of that and dozens of other federally funded programs to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in U.S. elementary and secondary schools is up in the air following the first move by Congress to fund a new education law that reshuffles money allocated for STEM activities..
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Sec. King: It's Time to Invest in STEM Education and Build a Nation of Makers
US News & World Report
From June 17 through 23, our nation celebrates the National Week of Making. This week recognizes that makers, builders and doers - of all ages and backgrounds - always have had a vital role in pushing our country to develop creative solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. As President Barack Obama has noted, during this week, "We celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers."
In Elementary Education, 'Doing Science' Rather Than Just Memorizing It
PBS Newshour
The battle over Common Core education standards is playing out across the country, but a new set of requirements for teaching science is creeping into curricula without the same fanfare. Some states are voluntarily adopting the practices, which emphasize more consistent science instruction as well as hands-on experimentation. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
Read more here.
Just 25 Percent of U.S. High Schools Offer Computer Science Classes
AMI Newswire
A new study says the nation's schools have not focused enough on teaching computer science, with just one in four high schools offering such classes. Even amid new pushes for STEM education and a shortage of educators who can teach classes in science, technology, engineering and math, most U.S. schools need more rigorous computer science courses to keep up with the emerging economy, the report found.
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NSTA: Get Involved in Your State's ESSA Planning
Many states are moving ahead rapidly in planning for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA requires that state and district stakeholders-including teachers-be given opportunities to shape how the new law will be implemented. This law will significantly affect science and STEM education for years. Do you know what your state is doing? If not you should.
State leaders want to hear from teachers, and this is a perfect chance for your voice to be heard.
Read more here.

Check out the STEM Learning Report from the Education Development Center
Apple Announces Everyone Can Code 
Apple is excited to announce Everyone Can Code, a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code. 
Apple created Everyone Can Code because they believe coding is an essential skill and one that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Learning to code teaches you how to solve problems, work together in creative ways and build amazing things that bring your ideas to life. 

Campaign for Afterschool Toolkit
Election season presents an important opportunity to put afterschool on the radar of policy makers and the public in a visible and meaningful way. During election season, voters' concerns are brought to the forefront of the public debate. But what concerns will be raised? Ultimately, the voices of people like you in local communities drive candidates' campaigns. This toolkit will help you bring afterschool into the conversation.
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