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Contest: American Math Challenge

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The American Math Challenge invites students to join in online, real-time mathematics competitions on October 26 and 27, 8 am – 11 pm. Open to individual students or entire schools and classes in grades K-12, the Challenge offers prizes including a gold medal and an iPad. Winners can become part of Team America, competing in the global World Math Day contest on March 1, 2011.

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Fellowship: STEM Scholarship for Extraordinary Projects

Davidson FellowshipThe 2011 Davidson Fellowships recognize high-achieving young people with scholarships of $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 that can must be used at any accredited institute of learning. Applicants must submit an original piece of work recognized by experts as significant and with the potential to make a positive contribution to society. Areas in the program include Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy, or “Outside the Box.” The deadline to apply is March 2, 2011, with preliminary deadlines on February 2 and 16, 2011.

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Contest: High School Business Concept. George Washington Univ. Oct. 31, 2010

gwu logo1George Washington University invites local Washington, D.C. high school students to present their business ideas, get feedback on their concept, and win start-up capital. The contest can provide excellent support for students seeking to market an engineering innovation. $750 first prize. Orientation: October 23, 2010. Registration Deadline: October 31, 2010.

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Lesson: Harvest Water from Fog

Cape VerdeIn this lesson from the Peace Corps, students in grades 4-12 learn how harvesting water from fog can help people who have limited access to fresh water. They study the water challenges in Cape Verde, and the technology and benefits of fog water collectors. They then build and evaluate a own working model.

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Feature: Help on Four Wheels

Brian Copes and Students with BUVStudents at a rural Alabama school are putting their mechanical skills to use developing inexpensive utility vehicles that can be shipped to poor countries and assembled. Boasts teacher Brian Copes: “These students are on the fast track of changing the world.”

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Digital Books Attract Young Readers

Reading from an Amazon KindleParents and teachers fear that children are reading less because of the plethora of available digital entertainments. Could electronic devices be used to encourage reading? Possibly, says a new study released by publisher Scholastic.

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Website: Worldwise Schools, Peace Corps

Peace Corps EducatorThe Peace Corps Coverdell WorldWise Schools Website offers lessons, information about cross-cultural publications, videos, stories, folk tales, and a program to help arrange classroom visits by Peace Corps Volunteers. The program is designed to broaden perspectives in culture and geography and to encourage service. It also helps students come to better value the rich heritage and broad representation of peoples within their own communities.

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A Promising Math Model

A Student in SingaporeIn an effort to help their students attain the kind of stellar math scores regularly achieved by Singapore students, some U.S. schools are adapting the Asian city-state’s mathematics teaching model.

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Academy: Too Soon for K-12 Engineering Standards

NAS, NAE SignA National Academy of Engineering report says it’s not time to introduce a new set of K-12 engineering education standards. Given the importance of national technological development, however, engineering learning should be incorporated into existing subjects.

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