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Call for Presentations: TRETC 2014 Deadline: Monday, September 15th

Be part of the region’s premier educational technology conference as a presenter at this year’s TRETC gathering.

5 Reasons STEM Jobs Matter Today and Even More Tomorrow (Sharpheels)

Women are – rather unfortunately, and ironically — choosing not to pursue a line of work that can lead to the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs in the world.  I’m talking about careers in STEM, an umbrella term (and acronym) for fields comprised of the following: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Want to Learn to Code? There's a Board Game for That (Mashable)

Raj Sidhu had one of the most coveted design jobs in New York City — and then he left it all to play board games.

Ad of the Day: Verizon Reminds Parents That Girls Aren't Just Pretty but 'Pretty Brilliant' (AdWeek)

It's 2014. We're in a post-feminist society, right? Ha ha. Nope.

That's why campaigns like "Inspire Her Mind," from Verizon, in partnership with Makers, are so important.

Don’t Overlook Manufacturing as a STEM Career (Remake Learning)

In discussions of how to build the future STEM workforce, modern manufacturing jobs usually don’t make the short list. Here’s why they should.

Critical Thinking, Critical Choices: What Really Matters

For five consecutive weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 10, we will premiere a series of weekly broadcasts based on the most recent ASME Decision Point Dialogues. This program is a unique Socratic dialogue aimed at raising awareness of existing conflict points on the topic of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and at stimulating debate that leads to bold decision making and disruptive learning.

LEGO Builds Up STEM with Female Scientists (NBC News)

Little girls who love LEGOS will soon be able to study dinosaurs, chemistry and the stars with the new “Research Institute” collection featuring female scientists.

The concept came from geochemist Dr. Ellen Kooijman, who garnered 10,000 votes from people who wanted to see LEGO make her idea a reality. Kooijman proposed three female scientists: a paleontologist, a chemist and an astronomer.

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games (Mind/Shift)

Some of the best games for learning aren’t developed with schools in mind. But these more commercial games can be tough to wedge into a classroom. Even the most motivated teachers have to sideline these games because of scarce technology, budget, and/or time.

Alcoa Foundation, Discovery Education launch online resource for manufacturing education

In an effort to increase interest in manufacturing careers, on Wednesday, the Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education, launched "Manufacture Your Future," a website aimed at inspiring students in grades 6 through 12 to pursue manufacturing careers.

Science Center to Host Navy Week Events

Two-Day Exhibit to Showcase Navy's Use of Science Concepts

PITTSBURGH, May 28, 2014 – Carnegie Science Center will host Navy Week events on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, showcasing the Navy’s work relating to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Sikorsky Challenges Kids to Create Helicopter of the Future in Scholarship Competition

STRATFORD, Conn., June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --For the fourth consecutive year, Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is giving kids, ages 9-16, a chance to compete for a $1,000 scholarship through the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge.

Attention Educators: AAAS Project Seeking Input

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, AAAS Project 2061 has been exploring opportunities to engage middle school students in learning about energy and sustainability in the context of green school buildings.

Urban Innovation21 to provide 100 paid internships for 2014

Fifty local students, including 30 of Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship recipients, have been placed in paid internship programs for this summer by

Tech is the place to be for the top entry-level jobs

'Web application developer' ranks as the best entry-level job, and tech jobs claim 6 of the top 10 spots in WalletHub's report.

College graduates with Web-development skills are sitting pretty in the current job market.

4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways

Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by watching and interacting with robots that demonstrate the practical results of the day’s lesson.

GOOGLE : Local entrepreneur is all about technology

The challenges of being an entrepreneur can often be over whelming. Within the last decade the benefits of utilizing technology and social media to advance one's business has become one of the top trials and tribulations for small businesses.

Call For Entries in the 2014 Siemens Competitions in Math, Science & Technology

Registration Opens for Premier Research Competition,Chance to Win College Scholarships of up to $100,000

ISELIN, N.J., May 1, 2014 | Registration has opened for the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Brings Pennsylvania STEM Design Challenge Statewide

Competition Encourages Elementary and Middle School Students to Excel in STEM-related Fields

HARRISBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 300 students will gather at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology tomorrow to compete in the statewide finals of the 2014 Pennsylvania STEM Design Challenge, a competition that encourages students to apply skills in science, technology, e

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF i5 DIGITAL VIDEO COMPETITION

80 students in 18 school districts vied for prizes 

PITTSBURGH, April 28, 2014 — Eighty middle and high school filmmakers from 18 area schools explored the impact of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in their lives for Carnegie Science Center’s i5 Digital Video Competition, presented in partnership with Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Making STEM Stick in Middle School

Educators discuss techniques and challenges when engaging middle schoolers in STEM topics.

Middle school is a critical time to catch students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics because it is when students often decide if these fields are for them, education experts say.