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Pitt to Host Free CyberCamp for Pittsburgh Area Teens July 24-28

PITTSBURGH—Local high school students will have the opportunity to receive a 
hands-on education about cybersecurity from July 24 through 28 at the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp to be held on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.

Microsoft thinks Minecraft can help STEM education (Marketplace)

Microsoft announced today a new version of Windows, with a suite of programs aimed at promoting coding and collaboration in classrooms.

Sunset High School special education teacher Pauline Tatum (middle) cheers along with her students as RoboFlash is announced during the Dallas Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 11. Photo: Heather Noel
Robotics Gives Sunset Special Ed Students a Taste of STEM A Dallas ISD robotics team is the first made up of all special needs students to compete at a FIRST Robotics Competition in Texas.

by Heather NoelMar 14, 2017

You can’t.

That phrase doesn’t exist in Pauline Tatum’s special education classroom at Sunset High School — especially when it comes to robotics.

“I think there’s been a stereotype with these kids that they can’t do it, so I’m saying that they can,” Tatum said.

rendering of CAST Tech High School
UTSA partners with CAST Tech for high-tech innovations in STEM education

(April 18, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is bringing its top-tier expertise in education to support the San Antonio Independent School District's (SAISD) newest academic endeavor, CAST Tech High School.

 A rendering of the Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. It is scheduled to be completed in fall 2018. UNT Health Science Center
First students at Fort Worth medical school will get free tuition for a year

By Bill Hanna

billhanna@star-telegram.com

 FORT WORTH

The inaugural class of 60 students in Fort Worth’s new M.D. program will receive free tuition for their first ear of school thanks to a gift from a Fort Worth businessman.

The Best Places for Pay in STEM Jobs – 2017 Edition (STEM Asset)

Employment growth among jobs in the STEM field varies widely. According to the Department for Professional Employees, the number of job opportunities for aerospace engineers increased by 53% between 2005 and 2015. Within the same period, the number of jobs for biologists and computer programmers fell by 28% and 17.4%, respectively. Pay within the STEM field also varies by occupation as well as location.

Why Retailers Are Betting On STEM Toys For Your Little Mad Scientist (Fast Company)

Parents looking to give junior a jump in science, technology, engineering, and math are increasingly buying skill-building educational toys.

From code-teaching caterpillars to colorful chemistry kits, manufacturers and retailers alike are eager to cash in on a growing toy sector, known by the buzzworthy term STEM, that promises to deliver on science, technology, engineering, and math education.

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Local scientists and science enthusiast collaborate one weekend a month to spark your curiosity with the latest and greatest in the world of STEM.

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Experience the science behind your favorite science-fiction stories, every month!

Mission: Mars

Experience the science and technology behind exploring the red planet.

Mission: Mars lets you experience modern and future exploration of the red planet.  At Mission Control, you will assume the role of an engineer at a NASA Lab, designing and building a robotic rover to explore Mars.  You will be able to program and see Mars from the perspective of a rover while experiencing the challenges of driving it in a simulated time delay.

Arkansas Discovery Network to launch Teaching excellence academy

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Men unload boxes from a moving truck outside of the Little Rock Technology Park building.
Little Rock Tech Park Announces Five More Tenants

The Little Rock Technology Park names five new tenants for Phase 1 of its new facility.

Little Rock Tech Park Announces Five More Tenants Full Article

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Museum of Discovery to Expand Girls in STEM Program

The Museum of Discovery’s Girls in STEM program will serve more girls in 2017 and expand to Jonesboro and Pine Bluff.

Museum of Discovery to Expand Girls in STEM Program Full Article

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Connecting Students with Careers

The Little Rock School District announced an initiative to expose high school students to different careers by adding classes in the fields of health care, technology, teaching and construction.

Connecting Students with Careers Full Article

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s 2016 President’s Award Recognizes Cannon Elementary

School Acknowledged for Commitment to Innovative Teaching and STEM Initiatives

Fort Worth, TX: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has selected Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s Cannon Elementary as the recipient of its 2016 President’s Award. The presentation ceremony took place on Friday, December 9 at Cannon Elementary in Grapevine. Superintendent Dr.

Fifteen West Virginia elementary school, middle school and high school students were honored Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 for designs of the West Virginia State Capitol building based on the Minecraft fantasy computer game.
Minecraft design contest winners highlight WV STEM education efforts

Fifteen West Virginia elementary school, middle school and high school students were honored Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 for designs of the West Virginia State Capitol building based on the Minecraft fantasy computer game.

The awards, presented by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, topped off an afternoon showcasing the state's STEM education efforts.

Study: Inclusive Environment Key to Closing STEM Gap (US News)

In order to tighten the gender gap in certain male-dominated science, technology, engineering and math fields, educators must develop a more inviting culture, according to a study published in the October issue

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER CALLS FOR AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2016

NOMINATE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BY NOV. 30

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 18, 2016 — Carnegie Science Center is now accepting nominations for the 21st annual Carnegie Science Awards, which will be conferred on May 12, 2017, at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, Nov. 30.

What do kids really need to know about computer science?
What do kids really need to know about computer science? New roadmap wins widespread support (GeekWire)

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