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Girl Scouts can now earn five different technology badges with Microsoft Store workshops around the U.S.

October 15, 2019

Girl Scouts of the USA and all Microsoft Stores in the U.S. are now launching free Microsoft Store badge workshops for Girl Scouts troops across the country. The partnership aims to give girls vital digital skills and foster leadership qualities to help close the gender gap in STEM fields. The organizations will also launch a new leadership series at the stores with former Girl Scouts and female STEM experts to inspire older Girl Scouts to pursue an education and career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

October 15, 2019

Awardees come from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation. The individuals and organizations announced today are 2017 and 2018 Awardees.

Peanuts and Space Foundation Offer Free STEM Lesson Plans

October 14, 2019

The Space Foundation of Colorado Springs has collaborated with Peanuts to provide free Snoopy-themed lesson plans to improve students’ skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The new lesson plans coincide with the release of two Peanuts books from Simon & Schuster, Shoot for the Moon, Snoopy! and Snoopy, First Beagle on the Moon!

Computer science now counts as math credit in most states - is this a good idea?

October 14, 2019

As part of the organization’s mission to “make computer science count” in K-12 education, code.org takes credit for having influenced graduation policies in 42 states. Today, 47 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science classes to count in place of math classes like Algebra 2. Prior to the organization’s work, only a few states allowed computer science to count for math credit.

Proposed loan redemption program for new STEM teachers in NJ advances

October 14, 2019

As the focus on careers in science, technology, engineering and math continues to build, a bipartisan bill that would provide up to $20,000 in tuition reimbursement for new STEM teachers in New Jersey schools is advancing in the state Legislature.

All-women Delta crew flies 120 girls to NASA headquarters to inspire female aviators

October 11, 2019

A Delta flight operated exclusively by women, and carrying 120 young females as passengers, took off this week to inspire more women to become aviators and advocate for equality in a "male-dominated industry."

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces New Initiative to Support Opening and Expanding Charter Schools in Opportunity Zones

October 11, 2019

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a new initiative to promote the creation and expansion of high-quality public charter schools in Opportunity Zones across the United States. Currently, more than 70% of Opportunity Zones do not have a public charter school option available to students.

Unhidden Figures

October 10, 2019

Despite recent strides in gender pay equity and an overall increase in women in STEM education and careers, a troubling fact remains for the industry and the nation: Not a single state has more women than men with STEM degrees. The gap is widest in New Mexico, where women have 22.5% fewer STEM bachelor's degrees than men.

First LEGO League Jr. Discovery Rolls Out

October 10, 2019

With it becoming more clear this generation of students will need to excel in STEM-related studies, it’s no surprise the core curriculum has been pushed so strongly over the past few years. However, recently experts and educators have been asking the focus to switch slightly to include the arts. The reason behind the change matters more than you may think. Aiding in this move is the recently-released First LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition line, a “playful introductory STEM program.”

Here's why robotics education will help students for life

October 08, 2019

Much of today’s impactful teaching focuses on the “why” behind the concept being taught. When it comes to STEM concepts such as robotics, educators and students alike may wonder why they should learn robotics if they don’t plan to pursue it in college or the workforce. The answer? Robotics education will help students for life.

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