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Students Summer: Computer Chip Camp, Boise, June 15-17 and 22-24

Pathways to Computer Tech FuturesMicron Foundation’s Chip Camp for Boise, Idaho area seventh and eighth graders offers students an opportunity to learn more about the intricate business of designing and manufacturing semiconductors and integrated circuits. This year’s three-day Chip Camp sessions will run June 15-17 and June 22-24 at the Dehryl A. Dennis Professional Technology Center in Boise and will serve 120 students from 40 different schools. No new information available at this time.

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Outreach: NASA Seeks Successful Summer Programs

NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterThe NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is looking for successful summer and other out-of-school programs that can be show to provide improved academic achievement of participants and a focus on STEM careers and career pathways. Proposals will be accepted until July 16 from non-profit organizations, state-based educational leadership organizations, and U.S. school districts.

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Students Summer: Cosmological Physics, UC-Berkeley, July 19-30, 2010

Berkeley Center Global Teachers' AcademyThe Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics Global Teachers’ Academy is seeking student applicants for its fourth annual two week summer workshop for high school students and teachers. The “Physics in and Through Cosmology” workshop will be held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory adjacent to the University of California, Berkeley Campus beginning Monday, July 19 and ending Friday, July 30. The deadline for applications is June 30.

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K-12 Engineering Becomes a Trend

Spurred by growing concerns that American students lack the skills to compete in a global economy, school districts nationwide are packing engineering lessons into already crowded schedules for even the youngest students, giving priority to a subject that was once left to after-school robotics clubs and summer camps, or else waited until college.

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Outreach: NASA’s Summer of Innovation

Administrator Bolden Kicks Off Summer of InnovationNASA’s new Summer of Innovation initiative, kicked off on June 10, will engage thousands of middle school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics during the summer months when many students experience what’s known as the “summer slide,” a loss of skills acquired during the school year. Summer of Innovation 2011 has been proposed and is slated to go on, but no date has been selected yet.

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Activity: Propel a Toy Boat with Chemicals

BubblesStudents grades 4-12 conduct a simple experiment that demonstrates how a familiar chemical — liquid soap — can be used to break the surface tension of water and propel a toy boat. Older students move into further inquiry of chemical dispersants and their use in combating oil spills.

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Museum: The Works, Minn.

The Works museumThe Works: A Hands-On Museum, located in Edina, Minnesota, has many initiatives to promote excellence in elementary engineering education by encouraging, inspiring, informing and supporting teachers. Its Excellence in Elementary Engineering Education conference, a professional development day in November, contains more than 20 breakout sessions on teaching elementary engineering.

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Database: Find a Science Center

Student at Hands-On MuseumThe Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) hosts a searchable database of more than 400 science and technology centers and museums in 43 countries worldwide. The search engine can narrow the search by country, state, and keywords.

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Resource: California Academy of Sciences

Californa Academy of Sciences logoThe California Academy of Sciences offers teacher workshops and class materials on different science subjects; hosts field trips and tours; and provides daily programs, lectures, special events, internships, and contests. The 155-year old museum in San Francisco has a living green roof, an aquarium, a planetarium, and an indoor rainforest.

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