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Students of Color Face Persistent Disparities in Access to Advanced STEM Courses
Education Week
The proportion of students of color who take high-level math and science courses continues to trail that of their white peers-jeopardizing those students' ability to master the knowledge they need to secure a college-preparatory diploma... Continue reading here.
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Education First Releases New Tools to Advance Equity Through ESSA
Education First
Education First and the Aspen Institute recently released a new set of tools called " Seizing the Moment: A District Guide to Advance Equity Through ESSA." A new set of tools will help district leaders use the opportunity of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to promote equity. Learn more here.
Five Kinds of STEM-Themed Nonfiction Books for Kids
PLOS Blogs
It's a great time for children's nonfiction! In recent years, these books have undergone exciting and dramatic changes, evolving into five distinct categories. Continue reading here.
Practical Implementation of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Model
US News Stem Solutions
The driving principle behind the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is that every young person should have access to a rich ecosystem of connected learning opportunities-in and out-of-school-in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Continue reading here.
STEM in the States: 
Educators, Tech Industry Supporters In NM Push For More Computer Science Education
The State of New Mexico does not have a statewide computer science education plan. Educators and professionals in the tech sector are calling for more computer science education in the state. Read more here.
Indiana Department of Education Announces Recipients of First-Ever K-6 STEM Acceleration Grants
Indiana Department of Education
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) announced today the recipients of the State's first-ever K-6 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Acceleration Grants. The awards will be used for important research efforts to provide Indiana leaders with evidence of impact from STEM activities... Continue reading here.
High School Seniors from Across Washington State Commit to STEM by Signing Letters of Intent
Top athletes may get much of the attention when it comes to signing days and committing to a university to continue playing a particular sport. But in Seattle on Monday, the spotlight was on students who would be applying their talents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ... Continue reading here.
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Check out the April Issue of STEM for Women Magazine!
STEM for Women Magazine  
This issue of STEM for Women Magazine features a cover story on Esther H. Lim, a leading Intellectual Property Lawyer. Other topics explored are Initial Coin Offering's and women, and women in the sustainable and renewable energy fields. Read the issue here.  
Celebrate STEM with Breakthrough Jr. Challenge
Picture Motion 
National Geographic and the Breakthrough Junior Challenge offer a new annual global competition for students age 13 to 18 across the world. Participants are invited to create and submit an original video that brings to life a concept or theory in STEM. Learn more and how to enter here.
Universal Technical Institute Holds Inaugural Junior Hot Rodders STEM Day
Universal Technical Institute 
Ninety-five 5th graders from Ranch View Elementary School in Naperville, IL visited the Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Congressman Peter Roskam delivered introductory remarks stressing the importance of working with your hands and STEM activities.The teams spent the rest of the day performing different automotive engineering activities, like disassembling and reassembling engines and working with auto manufacturers like Ford Motors.
Call for DC Metro Area STEM Professionals to Volunteer
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) needs STEM professionals to assist K-12 teachers in the DC metro area during the 2018-19 school year. Visit to watch videos of volunteers in action. To learn more or volunteer, please send a note to with your home address, or call 202-326-6629.
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