November 2017 
Go Figure!

Forget keyboarding drills. With big data and 3-D visualizations like this one at the Sandia National Lab driving innovation, computer science and programming have become core 21st-century skills. Plus, it's fun! Your software engineers may find their future doing this month's activity marking Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10). Shortcuts allowed!
visitors map of Danville Va

Middle and high school students develop mathematical models of their city's map to solve a real-life version of the "traveling salesman problem" - finding the best route to school. They then evaluate and present their solutions to the class. 
Note: Includes links to other activities using graph-theory models to track social networks or the spread of disease.

Program a Friend (Grades 1-8)
All About Code (Grades 3-5)
Bits & Binary (Grades 4-12)

Extra Credit: For more ideas, see eGFI's list of Computer Science Education Resources
Emotions Count app graphic

Schools around the country see social and emotional well-being as key to learning. They might want to check with Gina Greco, a fourth grade teacher in Auburn, Wash., who worked with local college students to create an app that lets her gauge if students feel welcome and engaged. 

Prof. Pamela Lottero-Perdue reviewing submissions for NSTA_s Best STEM Books 2017

What do computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, Hitler's atomic bomb effort, and the Slinky have in common? All are subjects of the National Science Teachers Association's inaugural list of Best STEM Books for 2017.

Photo: Pamela Lottero-Perdue, past chair of ASEE's Pre-College Division, reviews submissions for NSTA's 2017 Best STEM Books
teachers at ASEE hands on session at NSTA in Baltimore Oct. 2017

Join the American Society for Engineering Education December 1 at NSTA's area conference in New Orleans for a day of fun, hands-on sessions guaranteed to engage your STEM students. 


Computer Science for All Teachers. -- This National Science Foundation-sponsored website includes resources, help squad, tips, journal, and events. Learn more.

eCYBERMISSION. -- Students in grades 7-9 tackle real-world problems and vie for up to $9,000 in prizes in this free online competition. Register teams by Dec. 13.  Learn more.

Shell Science Lab Challenge. -- Middle and high school teachers can win up to $93,000, plus a lab makeover, in this NSTA-administered contest. Apply by Dec. 15. Learn more.
NSF's Generation Nano.  --  Students in grades 6-12 vie to win scholarships by creating comics or short videos about their STEM superheroes. Submit by Jan. 8. Learn more.

EngineerGirl! Essay Contest. --  Engineering for Your Community is the theme for this year's contest for boys and girls in grades 3-12. Entries due  Feb. 1.   Learn more.

Wearable Device Challenge. -- Fashion sense takes on a whole new meaning in NC State's contest for middle and high school students. Register by Feb. 15.  Learn more. 

Congressional App Challenge. -- Designed to encourage kids to code, the contest runs from July to November. This year's winners will be announced during Computer Science Education Week in early December.  Learn more.
The Accelerator. -- ASEE's blog and free monthly e-newsletter for engineering and engineering education students has scholarships, teaching tips, and news. Learn more. 

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