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NDEP’s STEM Outreach and Workforce Development Activities

NDEPThe National Defense Education Program (NDEP) is building a foundation for the future workforce needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) by supporting science and math programs at the pre-college, undergraduate/graduate, and faculty/post-doctoral levels.

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Contest: Dash+ Automotive Design


*Update: You can now vote for your favorite of 3 finalist teams online:

Hurry, voting ends May 31, 2010!

DASH+ is an innovative, hands-on contest which challenges teams to design, describe, and pitch the next generation of automotive dashboards that supports behavior change to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency and reduce environmental impact. The winning team will make their mark in the automotive industry by inventing a new way to think about transportation and eco-driving behaviors by collaborating with fellow students and putting their STEM skills to the test.

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Students Prepare for Solar Decathlon

lumenStudents are making their way to the National Mall in Washington to reassemble the solar-powered houses that they designed as part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the Department of Energy.

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Online Schools Can Make Students Feel Isolated

As online high schools spread, educators are ramping up efforts to counter the social isolation that some students experience, according to the Wall Street Journal. At the same time, sociologists and child psychologists are examining how online schooling might hinder, or help, the development of social skills.

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Better Scores Found Among N.Y. Charter Students


Students who entered lotteries and won spots in New York City charter schools performed better on state exams than students who entered the same lotteries but did not secure charter school seats, according to a study by a Stanford University economist reported in the New York Times.

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Struggling With Math Can Help

New Jersey teachers have found a surprising way to keep students engaged and successful, according to Edutopia: They let underachieving youngsters get frustrated by math.

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Less Onerous Aid Form Boosts Enrollment

Students are more likely to enroll in college if their federal financial aid application is simplified and if they get help filling it out, Education Week reports.

A recent study shows that high school seniors who used a highly simplified version of the daunting federal application for student financial aid — and had help completing it — were 30 percent more likely to enroll in college the next fall than were their peers who had no such assistance.

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Project Puts Top Teachers in Troubled Schools

Nineteen Houston Independent School District teachers are being paid $20,000 over two years to take part in a national study addressing several crucial questions: Can teachers who are standouts at good public schools get the same results from students at troubled campuses? And if so, what incentives will draw them there, and will they stay?

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Experts Draft National Math, English Standards

Experts convened by the nation’s governors and state schools chiefs have proposed a set of math and English skills students should master before high school graduation, the first step toward what advocates hope will become common standards driving instruction in classrooms from coast to coast, according to the Washington Post.

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