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Internships for All at New “Pathways in Tech” Schools

New YorkPathways In Technology Early College High School, a new school opening this fall in Brooklyn, N.Y., is partnering with IBM to offer internships and hands-on training in computers, engineering and information technology for all students. Students also will be able to take college-level classes at CUNY and earn an associate’s degree.

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More Students Pass AP Exams

Pen and TestMore public high school students are taking and succeeding at AP exams than 10 years ago, a new report from the College Board reveals. Maryland tops the nation, with 24.8 percent of students passing at least one AP test, compared with a national average of 16.9 percent.

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Is Rote Memorization Underrated?

ThinkingIs it possible that memorizing things is actually underrated in modern American society? Could one make a convincing case that it’s not just useful but vital for people of all ages to memorize things? One analyst argues yes.

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Top AP Science & Math Students Win Siemens Awards

Siemens Foundation WinnerTop achievers in Advanced Placement science and mathematics courses from each state recently won 2010 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement. The annual awards confer a $2,000 college scholarship to one male and one female student who aced the greatest number of AP exams in subjects ranging from Biology to Calculus BC to Physics C.

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Informal Science Programs Can Benefit Girls

After School ProgramInformal, out-of-school science and math programs offer great ways to engage girls in the subjects, but they need to be carefully planned and executed to make sure reluctant students want to sign up for and stick with them, Education Week’s Beyond School blog reports on findings from a new Harvard Family Research Project report.

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Students’ Summer: Lego Robotics Classes

Lego RoboticsThe Journey Museum in Rapids City, SD, is offering two NASA LEGO-Robotics workshops for students, June 9, 2011 and August 4, 2011. Participants will engage in challenges that can be shared with students to encourage the use of imagination, problem-solving skills and team work. Cost: $25 per workshop, $15 for members.

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Students’ Summer: Research at Mississippi State U. Seniors. July 11-29, 2011

The Bagley College of Engineering Summer Research Program, QUEST, provides opportunities for gifted and talented, rising high school seniors three weeks, July 11-29, 2011, working in world-class laboratories at Mississippi State University. The program will expose students to careers in engineering research, and provide an innovative research opportunity. Enrichment seminars will help participants develop knowledge and skills needed to be successful students and researchers. Quest is a highly competitive program, not a summer camp. Application deadline: April 15, 2011. Cost: $500.

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Summer Camps: Columbus, OH. All ages

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The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, OH, offers several summer science and engineering camps for kids of all ages. Teens can explore amusement park technology, robotics, and video games. Pre-teens can explore planet Earth, aeronautics, and animal adaptations. Even the little ones can dig for dinos, visit a local watershed, and build and launch boats. Level: 5-16-year-olds.

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Students’ Summer: Aerospace at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp – IAI is a one-week residential program, July 17-23, 2011, for students grades 9-12 interested in aerospace engineering and aviation, held on the campus of the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Students learn about a variety of topics relating to aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Cost.$700. Application Deadline: April 15.

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