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This Pittsburgh company is bringing computer programming to kids (Video) (TechFlash)

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The team at Digital Dream Labs set out with the goal of creating an educational tool that has the appeal of Super Mario Bros., but requires the thinking of chess.

Do you want to code a snowflake? (Mashable)

Can a girl love programming as much as Frozen? Disney Interactive and Code.org certainly hope so.

New Verizon Video Shows The Joy That STEM Can Bring To Girls (The Mary Sue)

Earlier this year Verizon launched #InspireHerMind, a campaign that focuses on the importance of closing the gender gap in STEM.

What Can Programmers and Writers Learn From One Another? (Mind/Shift)

Proponents of stronger computer science and programming courses in schools generally focus on the usefulness of those skills in today’s world. Some argue that computer programming should be offered instead of a foreign language requirement, while others say it’s crucial to engineering and robotics. Rarely is coding considered a complement to the English curriculum. But what if learning to code could also make students better writers?

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart (The Atlantic)

But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.        

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER TO OFFER DISCOUNT ON SCITECH DAYS

“MAGIC WORDS” offer discount, important message.

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 3, 2014 – Parents and educators may already know how important math and science are to students’ future careers. But “math” and “science” are also part of an important phrase that can help families save on admission to Carnegie Science Center during SciTech Days.

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character (HuffPost)

Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks. In the next decade, President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that there will be one million technical job openings in the United States.

Chevron to partner in $20 million regional STEM initiative (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Chevron Corp. today said $20 million will be poured into a new initiative to improve education and technical training for the region’s workforce.

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will focus on boosting skills in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math to better prepare students for jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Lt. Governor and Acting Secretary of Education Kick Off Governor’s Jobs1st STEM Competition: Building a Stronger Pennsylvania; Open to Students in Grades 9-12

Lancaster – Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today visited Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster to kick off the statewide Governor’s Jobs1st STEM Competition: Building a Stronger Pennsylvania.

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.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2014-2015 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION

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).