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Using Technology to Level the Academic Playing Field

High-tech lessons spark passion and confidence at Niemes Elementary School

Mars Beams Its Brightest in 6 Years

The Red Planet will glow intensely this month, brighter than it has appeared to us in a while, actually. That's because Earth is passing closer to Mars than it has in the past 6 years, Sky & Telescope reports. Anyone will be able to spot its yellow-orange, campfirelike glimmer after dusk once they head outside.

Mentors Help Create A Sustainable Pipeline For Women In STEM

Women make up about half of the workforce in America, but they only represent 24% of the workforce in STEM fields. Why should we care? First and foremost, this statistic calls attention to an untapped potential; talent that we need in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to remain competitive from a global perspective.

Forget Gold Coins and Badges: The Real Value of Video Games for Learning

“Game-based learning is not gamification!” exclaims Jordan Shapiro, author of FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide to Maximum Euphoric Bliss.

Carnegie Science Center Announces Winners of Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair 2014

Four Local Students Advance to International Science and Engineering Fair

PITTSBURGH, March 29, 2014 Nearly 1,100 students representing 120 schools throughout the region competed yesterday in Carnegie Science

Are ‘Bossy’ Girls Future STEM Leaders?

How do we encourage girls to take the lead in STEM fields? Sheryl Sandberg suggests banning the word “bossy.”

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In organization recently launched a campaign to ban the word “bossy,” enlisting powerful women such as Condoleezza Rice, Beyoncé, and Diane von Furstenberg to help spread the message.

NAE Report Examines STEM Integration in K-12 Education

The National Academies have released a new report examining current efforts to connect the STEM disciplines in K-12 education. The report, STEM Integration in K-12 Education, identifies and characterizes existing approaches to integrated STEM education, both in formal and after- and out-of-school settings.

W&J receives grant from ExxonMobil to fund summer camp

Washington & Jefferson College has received a grant from ExxonMobil to serve as a host of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

The free camp, which is a ten-day, partly residential program, is designed to engage middle school students in Washington and Allegheny counties in hands-on science experimentation.

Carnegie Science Center is Finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Science Center One of 30 Finalists in Prestigious National Honor

PITTSBURGH, March 3, 2014 – The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh is a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist.

Million Women Mentors Update Special Lunch with US Senators and Congressional Leaders This Week

We are excited to share with you that since our launch less than two months ago over 45,500 have now pledged to mentor a girl or young woman with STEM skills and a commitment to a minimum of 20hrs. There have been over 6.5 million twitter impressions, and our partner list has grown to 50 with a reach of over 22 million girls and young women.

A Look at Recent Findings on Technology in the Classroom

Intelligence has always been coveted and sought after. It's clear that a high quality education is a common value we share in the United States and around the world. This is seen in households and in law. For example, President Obama recently put forth a proposal for universal preschool.

Report: STEM Job Market Much Larger Than Previously Reported

New data from Burning Glass Technologies shows the demand for STEM graduates may be much larger than previously thought.

The demand for students trained in science, technology, engineering and math fields may be significantly larger than previous studies have estimated, according to new data from Burning Glass Technologies.

VIDEO: Highlights From the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference

More than 2,000 business, government, and education leaders gathered in Austin, Texas, to discuss the state of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the United States as part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in June.

How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning

STEM learning ecosystems harness unique contributions of educators, policymakers, families, and others in symbiosis toward a comprehensive vision of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all children. This paper describes the attributes and strategies of 15 leading ecosystem efforts throughout the country with the hope that others may use their lessons to deepen rich STEM learning for many more of America’s children.

NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers Accepting Application

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting nominations of middle school science teachers from eligible U.S. public school districts or accredited private educational institutions to participate in the NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers. The NIST Summer Institute provides hands-on activities, lectures, tours and visits with scientists and engineers in NIST laboratories.

Carnegie Science Awards Recognize Leaders in Science, Technology, and Education

PITTSBURGH, PA – January 30, 2014 – Today Carnegie Science Center announced the winners of its 2014 Carnegie Science Awards, sponsored by Eaton, at its annual Announcement Reception.

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Surely you know students who simply have an idea for a unique mobile app that could solve a problem for their school or community. If so, it could mean $20,000 for their school!

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

Attention Students: Are you passionate about the exciting world of science? Are you intrigued by the possibilities that the latest scientific ideas and developments may hold for our future?

Million Women Mentors Launches National Movement to Mobilize One Million Mentors of Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

Million Women Mentors (MWM), a ground-breaking collaborative effort designed to engage one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors, launches today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Join the Million Women Mentors Movement!

STEM Skills are High In Demand: Bayer Facts of Science Education Report

STEM skills are in high demand. The recently released 16th edition of the Bayer Facts of Science Education report (October 2013) dives into the ongoing U.S. STEM workforce shortage debate. Fortune 1000 talent recruiters were surveyed to provide their perspective on the demand for new hires with two- and four-year STEM degrees in both STEM and non-STEM fields.