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

Nurturing STEM Learning with Water, Sunlight, and Soil (Remake Learning)

In school gardens, educators are finding the ultimate STEM experience is sometimes grown from good old dirt and earthworms.

Facebook, Box and Pinterest want to mentor young women in tech (engadget)

You won't see as many women as there are men when you walk down the halls of tech company HQs -- not even eBay's, which has one of the most diverse workplaces in the industry.

Local Schools Embark on Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Process for Assessing and Continuously Improving STEM Education

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 9, 2014 —Teachers and administrators representing 13 school districts across the region met on Tuesday, Oct.

Carnegie Science Center Announces Results of STEM Education Study

Research Illuminates Region's Attitudes, Perceptions about STEM Education

Catalyst Connection helps teachers prepare kids for plentiful manufacturing jobs (Kidsburgh News)

Why should local manufacturing companies have so many empty hiring spots for good-paying jobs, and how can teachers prepare and encourage kids to snag them?

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This Is What Your Grocery Store Will Look Like In 2065 (FastCoExist)

A pop-up project in New York City next summer will offer one vision of how the future of bodegas is nothing at all like the present.

Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet (Edudemic)

Do you know what a flipped classroom requires? How about a 1:1 classroom? If you’re a regular reader of Edudemic, then you probably are more than informed about what these terms mean and how they’re implemented in modern classrooms. That’s probably because we started Edudemic many moons ago on the same day Apple launched the iPad.

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Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships (TechCrunch)

Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015.


Carnegie Science Center Invites Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders To Explore Urban Agriculture

Pittsburgh, Aug. 29, 2014 – Carnegie Science Center is now accepting registrations for middle-school teams to compete in the 2014-2015 Future City® Competition, a program of DiscoverE.

ASSET STEM Education™ Launches STEM Scholarship Program in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

PITTSBURGH | ASSET STEM Education today announced the launch of a new STEM Scholarship Program in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. ASSET, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education improvement nonprofit, provides educators in all learning environments with effective professional development and hands-on classroom materials.

STEM Classroom Grants (FirstEnergy)

FirstEnergy proudly supports classroom projects and teacher professional-development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play (Wired)

Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s also learning how to code.

Catalyst Connection helps teachers prepare kids for plentiful manufacturing jobs (Kidsburg)

Why should local manufacturing companies have so many empty hiring spots for good-paying jobs, and how can teachers prepare and encourage kids to snag them?

STEM Summit 2014 (Pittsburgh Technology Council)

Bridging the gap between education, innovation, and industry-led solutions! This year’s STEM Summit is designed to allow educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators of all types to come together and learn about real solutions to enhance teacher professional development, encourage student engagement, and provide learning opportunities in traditional and non-traditional environments.

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom (MindShift)

Allowing students to bring their own devices to class can be a cost-effective way to quickly get access to the internet and to the many useful tools those devices carry. But students don’t always get the chance to use their devices, especially in low-income schools.

The Outdoor Classroom: Open Position!

Open Position: Education Program Facilitators (multiple)
Organization: The Outdoor Classroom
Date Opened: 18 November 2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

CUSP (Climate and Urban Systems Partnership) is looking for team members to help with staffing in two separate tabling events in September

CUSP (Climate and Urban Systems Partnership) is going to be participating in two separate tabling events in September and is looking for team members to help with staffing; CUSP is rolling out their new climate education tent, a collaborative tabling activity area that both promotes the CUSP mission, but also highlight individual organizations.

Interactive toolkit to guide STEM role models toward success (Afterschool Snack)

Techbridge has recently released a free, online interactive toolkit to help potential role models develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM.  The Role Models Matter Toolkit currently provides 10 mini-lessons for role models to help plan, structure and implement their visit with students.

Most Interesting Makerspaces in America (Maker Faire)

What makes a makerspace interesting? Itʼs not just the size of the shop or the number of active members. Nor is it the selection of tools or having an advanced RFID inventory system. Sure, those pieces count, but itʼs how a makerspace slots into its community — elevating and inspiring the makers — that makes it stand out.

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The Low-Tech Reason Poor School Districts Fail Standardized Tests (Mashable)

You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate — or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Data gives us the roadmap to reform.