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Resource: Engineering & Science Festival Materials for Teachers

USA Science & Engineering FestivalTeachers planning to or interested in bringing a group of students to the USA Science & Engineering Festival may be wondering how to get the most out of it academically. The Festival teacher resources webpage provides some helpful tips on how to optimize the visit.

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Event: Austin, TX Science and Engineering Festival. Oct. 2-24, 2010

Austin Science and Engineering FestivalOrganized by the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists organization, the Austin, Texas Science and Engineering Festival and its multiple events will showcase the science and technology of Texas. It will culminate in a two-day Expo Expo at the Austin Convention Center with over 200 exhibits of hands-on, fun science and engineering activities to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Event: Ideaventions Discovery Lab, October 16, 2010; Oakton, VA

IdeaventionsIdeaventions – A Discovery Lab for Kids hosts a celebration of science and engineering with hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Attendees will be able to build rockets, explore circuits, play with robotics, and prepare for Halloween by mixing a potion or two. Elementary and middle schoolers and their families are especially encouraged to attend.

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Event: Future Focus EXPO, October 12, 2010; Lynchburg, VA

Future Focus EXPO 2010The 5th annual Future Focus EXPO, hosted by Region 2000 Technology Council, is a career exploration event for middle school and high school students. Career and educational opportunities will be offered from more than 50 area companies. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will also be on hand, and there are numerous give-aways and prizes.

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Website: supports cyber-learning and open participation with lesson plans, curricula, classroom activities, homework help, and professional development information. There are more than 35,000 web pages of STEM content available.

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Resource: Thinkfinity from Verizon

ThinkfinityVerizon Foundation’s Thinkfinity website offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources that are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards. It provides lesson plans that teach 21st Century skills, literary resources, an online group for new teachers, webinars, professional development, tips for teachers, interactive games and tools for students, family learning materials, teacher features, and more.

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Feature: USA Science and Engineering Festival

USA Science & Engineering Festival logoKicking off with a songfest and building up to a huge expo on the National Mall, a two-week series of events in October will answer the question — “How do you make science and engineering fun?” — in hundreds of ways.

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10 Winners in Race to the Top

President Obama and DoE Secretary Arne Duncan Visit a ClassroomThe District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island have emerged as winners of the U.S. Department of Education’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant competition. The ten will divvy up $3.4 billion in education grants. Not surprisingly, the results were met with a wave of criticisms and finger-pointing.

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ACT Scores Show Disheartening Trend

High School Students Taking the ACTA main education goal of the White House is for every American high school student to graduate career- or college-ready. New data from the ACT college entrance exam show just what an uphill battle that will be: fewer than 25 percent of 2010 high school graduates had the academic skills to pass college entry-level courses in all four categories tested.

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