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Measuring New Science Standards Is Hard. These Projects Aim to Change That
Education Week
About 18 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. And although these shared science expectations have been out for about five years, testing models that fully capture students' grasp of them have lagged far behind. Continue reading here.
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Opinion: The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough STEM Teachers to Prepare Students for Our High-Tech Economy. 4 Steps Toward Addressing That Shortage
The 74 Million
Now more than ever, a high-quality STEM education matters. The STEM fields cultivate curiosity and creativity while preparing students to reach their highest potential in work and life. Finish the story here.  
Code.org Teams up with Kahoot to Help Demystify Computer Science
Society for Science & the Public
The game-based learning platform Kahoot! is partnering with the nonprofit Code.org to launch specially curated computer science games on Kahoot's popular website and mobile app. Continue reading here.
STEM Is Far More Than the Lone Genius
Scientific American
The recent (and encouraging) news that kids are more likely than ever to draw women when asked to draw a scientist has filled every news and social media channel I have access to. Continue reading here.
Teach Kids Creativity. Ultimately, Machines Will be Better at Coding
Wired UK
If you want to bring up a kid to be a successful investor or entrepreneur, the current education system says they should be studying STEM subjects, cramming facts and figures, and immersing themselves in coding class. Continue reading here.
STEM in the States: 
Berkeley Public Library Promotes 'STEM Literacy' through New Programming
Daily Californian
It's 5 p.m. inside the dark blue portable planetarium, and science instructor Julia DeMarines is ready to blast off into space. Before taking off, any astronaut worth their salt knows they need a good countdown. Continue reading here.
SPC, Manufacturers Collaborate on $1.6 Million Training Grant
St. Petersburg College News
St. Petersburg College (SPC) will work alongside top Tampa Bay manufacturers to launch an innovative workforce training program that is modeled after a premier automotive industry-education collaboration. Read more here.
Around the Community:
I'm an African-American, Female Head of Engineering: We Can (and Must) Fix the STEM Gap
LinkedIn
This is as personal as it gets.The fact that one in seven engineers is a woman. That only one in 50 is an African-American woman. The fact that I, as an African-American female engineer am 10 times rarer than a woman in Congress. More information here.  
Illuminating Science for Blind Students, with Help from Latest Tech Devices
EdSource
As high school student in Los Angeles, Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, who is visually impaired, remembers what it was like when her classmates did a science project. They mixed chemicals and watched them change color, checked liquid temperatures using a thermometer and measured speed and velocity by racing toy cars down a ramp. Apply here.
Service First - Bringing Next Generation STEM to Military Families!
LinkedIn
On April 7th, we launched the Service First - Family Drone Days program at the BP America campus in Houston, TX. The event was 100% free and the agenda included a keynote from NASA astronaut and former ISS commander... Finish the story here.
Study Explores Challenges to Black Graduate Engineering Students
Diverse
  A new study that follows 21 Black men pursuing graduate degrees in engineering explores themes of structural racism, unfair treatment, unwelcoming environments and feelings of isolation. Read more here.
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