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Coalition Update:
Coalition Joins in Workforce Policy Panel at Cleveland Convention Hosted By 'The Hill'
The Hill 
On Thursday, James Brown, the Executive Director of The STEM Education Coalition, participated in a panel in Cleveland, OH sponsored by The Hill and Microsoft. The event was titled "The Workforce of the Future: A Policy Discussion on STEM and Computer Science Education" and featured Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Microsoft Executive Vice President Peggy Johnson, Lauren Holloway of We Can Code IT, and Feowyn MacKinnon of MC2 STEM High School. During the panel, Mr. Brown spoke about the importance of legislators making STEM education their top priority and the excitement about STEM he sees from parents, teachers, and students.
Top Article:
Researchers Develop Preschool STEM Education Curriculum 
eSchool News  
In an effort to address the national need to guide more students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers are developing curriculum which introduces STEM principles during the formative preschool years.  
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
U.S. Wins International Math Olympiad for Second Year in a Row
EdWeek
After a 21-year drought, the United States has now won the prestigious high school math competition known as the International Math Olympiad for two years running. The team took home first place at this year's competition, which was held July 6-16 in Hong Kong.  Two of the six U.S. competitors were also on last year's winning team. D uring the competitions, students worked on solving six problems individually over two 4.5-hour sessions.
Read more here. 
More Female International Students Pursue STEM Degrees at U.S. Universities
U.S. News & World Report
As a sick child suffering from severe asthma, Indian national Tvisha Gangwani says her parents never pressured her to focus on academics. She got by with average grades - except in math and science, where she excelled.
One math teacher, who became her mentor, saw Gangwani's potential and encouraged her to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields. She followed this advice and enrolled at the University of Southern California, where she is now pursuing a bachelor's in electrical engineering with a minor in math. Gangwani is among the growing number of female international students pursuing STEM degrees at American universities.
Around the Community:
Health Professions Week Is September 26-30, 2016
Health Professions Week (HPW) is a week-long event for high school students, college students, and advisors interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. HPW will include an online treasure hunt, on-campus events, and two virtual fairs. The entire event is free online for high school students, counselors, undergrads and advisors.
Read more here. 

National PTA White Paper Reveals Families are Essential to Bridge STEM Gap
National PTA announced the release of a white paper on the essential role of family engagement in increasing students' access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-especially among girls and underrepresented youth. The white paper is the result of an analysis of STEM education research and STEM programs; a panel discussion with PTA members and STEM education and equity experts; and a convening of thought leaders in STEM, family engagement and education.
Read more here.

NSB Welcomes Nominations for 2017 Honorary Awards
Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) pays tribute to remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service awards. NSB welcomes nominations for its 2017 honorary awards through Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.
Read more here.

National Science Foundation Seeks a New Division Director, Undergrad Education
The Directorate for Education and Human Resources announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Division Director, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The mission of EHR is to provide the research foundation to develop a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-literate public and a workforce ready to advance the frontiers of science and engineering for society.
Read more here.

STEM Magazine: July Issue
Check out this month's issue of STEM magazine and read about a variety of topics including articles about basketball, drones, and colleges.
 
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