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Exciting things are always happening in the STEM world! Click on the news stories listed below to learn more.

Incorporating Games into Math Class: A Perspective on Leveraging Game-Based Learning to Promote STEM Enagement (STEMConnector)

Counted hopscotch, solitaire and tile games are all things that come to mind when you ask about math games I played as a kid. Today, though, these are a thing of the past, and the value of getting our students up and moving while they learn is more relevant than ever. Over the past two years, I’ve hosted many math game days resulting in both success as well as some trial-and-error when connecting physical movement to learning.

Parents, Students Want Computer Science Education in School (Gallup)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Parents of seventh- to 12th-graders in the U.S. place a high value on computer science education in schools, according to a recent Gallup and Google study. Nine in 10 parents say offering opportunities to learn computer science is a good use of resources at their child's school, and about as many (91%) want their child to learn more computer science in the future.

Netflix to Launch Live-Action Tween Series about Science-Skilled Spy Girls (Indiewire)

Children's programming is a major if under-discussed part of Netflix's plan for streaming domination. At least 70 kids' shows were viewed by 2 million subscribers last year, revealed the notoriously circumspect company, while more than a dozen children's series were viewed by at least 5 million of Netflix's 35 million subscribers.

The STEM Gap Starts Early (Remake Learning)

A new study tracks STEM credits among a diverse group graduating from high school.

In the Digital Age, Young Teachers Need Tech Support Too (Remake Learning)

No matter their ages, teachers and students need support to capitalize on digital tools in the classroom.

U.S. Department of Labor and AAES Publish New Engineering Competency Model (STEMblog/STEM Connector)

July 10, 2015 - RESTON, Va. | The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) announced today that it has developed an Engineering Competency Model to serve as a guide for the development of the engineering workforce.

Getting an Early Jump on STEM (U.S. News)

Panelists at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference spoke about how children learn STEM at a young age.

Experts say early education is key to closing achievement gaps, and that teaching children about STEM topics even before kindergarten can help them be successful in school later on.

CHEVRON RENEWS SUPPORT FOR CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER’S STEM CENTER

ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL SUPPORT FAB LAB, TO OPEN IN AUGUST

PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2015 — Carnegie Science Center announced today that Chevron has renewed its long-term support as the title sponsor of the Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development. Chevron will contribute $900,000 over a three-year period through 2017.

How NASA Broke The Gender Barrier In STEM
How NASA Broke The Gender Barrier In STEM (Fast Company)

For the first time, half of the astronaut class is women, and now NASA is offering new opportunities for female tech entrepreneurs.

Engineer the Revolution: Top Ten Strategies to Diversify Technology
Engineer the Revolution: Top Ten Strategies to Diversify Technology (Huff Post)

Looking for talent to drive a new engineering design from prototype to product? She is a 5th grader in Oakland. Looking for expertise on clean tech to advise your venture capital firm? She is a junior in high school in Washington, DC. You may not have imagined these individuals as the solution to your workforce needs, but we do.

Bill Nye the Science Guy Talks Keeping Teens Interested in STEM (U.S.News)

If wearing a tie-dye lab coat gets students interested in science, technology, engineering and math, that's what teachers should do.

For some high schoolers, science isn't an abstract topic they learn about in class, but the key to solving problems that affect the globe.

Littlecodr is the card game that teaches young kids to code (GeekWire)

Teaching kids the basics of coding early on is all the rage, and why not? As this Kickstarter points out, digital literacy is the next frontier.

College Board Launches STEM 'Credential' Initiative (U.S.News)

College- and career-bound students can now gain official recognition for studying science, technology, engineering and math.

STEM education is getting the College Board treatment.

The organization that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement exams announced a new effort Thursday aimed at attracting more high school students to potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Developer plans to turn North Side's Allegheny Center into technology hub (Post Gazette)

Decades ago, Allegheny Center on the North Side was a mecca for retailers such as Zayre, Sears, and Woolworth. Now a New York developer wants to keep it a focal point but in a new Pittsburgh kind of way — as a hub for technology and innovation.

6 Tips on How to Succeed in STEM (Huff Post)

Daniela Jorge is Vice President of AT&T's Digital Design & User Experience (UX) organization. Her team creates mobile and online user experiences that connect millions of people with the latest technologies every day.

STEM innovation contest to award schools up to $100k
STEM innovation contest to award schools up to $100k (airWatch)

Fab School Labs contest gives schools funding to create a first-class STEM learning environment

Northrop Grumman Foundation is launching an online STEM contest to encourage today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators by creating classrooms and science labs that inspire.

Google, NASA work together on Disney show to inspire girls into sciences (The Washington Post)

There are certain television tropes about computer scientists that just drive programmers nuts. They include the portrayal of coders as sun-starved and soft-bellied nerds who spend long hours alone in front of their computers. And almost always, those TV characters are male.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER, ALLEGHENY HEALTH NETWORK PARTNER TO CREATE BODYTECH

Dynamic new Exhibit, Traveling Science Show to Offer Unique Lessons IN Human Anatomy, Healthy Living and the Wonders of Modern Medicine

PITTSBURGH, May 20, 2015 – Carnegie Science Center and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) today announced a new partnership to develop BodyTech, a dynamic, three-pronged health and science educational program for the region.

Webinar: Women in STEM (US Chamber of Commerce)

Join ​us ​for ​a ​webinar ​as we ​discuss the findings of our new ​research ​on ​the ​future ​of ​women ​in ​STEM ​fields. ​CWB's ​latest ​report, Reaching the Full Potential of STEM for Women and the U.S.

Study: Few STEM Educators View Next Generation Science Standards Negatively (Education Week)

A recent survey of 5,000 K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math teachers and supervisors found that 80 percent of respondents were familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards, and of those, 60 percent held a favorable view of them. 

Just 6 percent of all respondents had a negative impression of the standards. (Others had a neutral impression.)