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Coalition Update:
STEM Ed Coalition Sends ESSA Guidance Recommendations to Dept. of Education
STEMEd Coalition 

On Wednesday, the STEM Education Coalition's Leadership Council sent feedback to the U.S. Department of Education on the implementation of STEM-related provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Top Article:
Hands-on science courses shown to boost graduation rates, STEM retention
In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students' odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree. The study, published in today's edition of CBE-Life Sciences Education, is the largest and most carefully controlled analysis to date of how participating in course-based undergraduate research experiences affects students' outcomes.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
Is Nursing A STEM Field? Even Experts Disagree
While pulling together the America's Best Value Colleges list, we hit upon a surprisingly contentious question: Would a nursing program fall under the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) umbrella? Or are nursing and similar fields kind of their own thing?
A Mission to Bring STEM Skills, and Robots, to Children in West Africa
New York Times
One robot slammed into some blocks and nearly fell to the floor. Another sideswiped a wall. Yet another spun in dizzying circles.
So when the robot built by students from an all-girls school finally navigated the twists of the maze, flawlessly rounding every corner and touching every required flag, the crowd went nuts.
The girls were among students from 25 schools who gathered in Dakar to compete in the second annual Pan-African Robotics Competition.
Around the Community:
Job Opportunity at Academies of Loudoun
Loudoun County Public Schools is currently seeking a Principal to head their Academies of Loudoun (AOL) program, focusing primarily on STEM. The AOL Principal provides leadership for the school staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of an integrated STEM educational programs and administers the program in accordance with School Board Policies and Administrative Regulations.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Reveals How Schools Can Improve Their Science Teaching
Huffington Post
If anyone knows how to make science more fun and engaging, it's astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. 
In a recent conversation  with The Huffington Post's Impact & Innovation managing editor, David Freeman, Tyson addressed a question about how science courses in U.S. schools are lacking.
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