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The Development of STEM Stereotypes in Elementary School
Insights
There are many reasons why dramatic gender disparities remain in many scientific fields from actual bias and stereotyping to self-concepts, cultural norms, and a lack of mentoring and role models. Continue reading here.
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I Was a Bad Student Who Became an Astronaut. Let's Stop Telling People They Can't Be Good at Science
Time  
Since I've returned from spending a year in space, I've been traveling the world sharing my experiences. I've been surprised by one of the things I've heard from audiences: that they believe science is too difficult, too complex for a normal person to comprehend. Continue reading here.
You'll Never Guess Which Gender Tends to Overestimate their Own STEM Skills
Fast Company
A new study reveals that one gender tends to overestimate their intelligence and STEM skills. Can you guess which one? Surprise. It's men. Finish the story here.  
A 10,000-foot Mountain Pass Won't Stop these Kids
Society for Science & the Public
Monte Vista High School is located in a remote part of Colorado. So remote that the nearest population center is a three-hour drive that requires traveling through a 10,000-foot mountain pass. Continue reading here.
Undergrad Science Experiments Launch on a NASA Sounding Rocket
Space.com
Undergraduate students watched their spaceflight projects soar into the sky over the weekend, thanks to a two-year NASA program that turned classroom lessons into hands-on experience. Continue reading here.
STEM in the States: 
Kay Ivey Signs Legislation Creating School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, Education Budget
Alabama Today
Governor Kay Ivey on Monday signed into law a pair of bills  SB212 and SB175, which creates the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering and funding the 2019 education budget, respectively. Continue reading here.
Native Alaskans in STEM Program Work to Make Lives Better
U.S. News
With its grand, rural expanse and rugged terrain, Alaska has challenges made for experts in science, technology, engineering and math. Remote areas lack basic clean water facilities, with dozens of communities still reliant on the "honey bucket" for waste, forcing residents to gather at "washeterias" to do laundry or bathe. Read more here.
Around the Community:
How to Foster Diversity in Science through Storytelling
Scientific American 
Without Hedy Lamarr, we wouldn't have WiFi or Bluetooth technology, yet most people just know her as a famous actress. Without Sally Ride, our modern satellite communication architecture and NASA's focus would look very different, yet most people just know her as the first female American astronaut. More information here.  
Science Outreach: Models, Methods, and Measures
ASBMB
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biologists is holding a special symposium on October 3-5, 2018 in New York, NY. This conference will bring together a diverse group of voices from local and national science outreach communities to provide a snapshot of the science outreach field across the United States. Apply here.
New Ways of Teaching Math to California's English Learners are Getting Results, Report Says
LA School Report 
As California struggles to close a stubborn achievement gap for its English learners, integrating math education with English language development can be a key to unlocking their potential, a new study says.Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2018. Finish the story here.
UW Study Explores Impacts of Mentoring for Minorities, Women in STEM fields
Badger Herald 
A University of Wisconsin ad hoc committee is looking into whether mentoring students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical fields can increase diversity.. Read more here.
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