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Colorado STEM Program Gets VIP Praise

Colorado STEM ProgamSkyline High School in Boulder, Colo., showed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar what a high quality program looks like when he visited the STEM Academy March 21. Students must earn 28 credits for a STEM certificate, instead of the 24.5 needed for a regular high school diploma, and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Graduates are guaranteed acceptance in the University of Colorado’s engineering program.

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Feature: Slam Dunk Engineer

Slam Dunk EngineerWhat does basketball have in common with engineering? Plenty, if you’re Rhodes Scholar Reed Doucette, a former University of Southern California stand-out player and student now pursuing a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Oxford.

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Cheating to the Test?

Scantron Bubble TestWith the stakes for educators growing ever higher — and the majority of American schools somewhere on the “failing” listUSA Today examined years’ worth of individual student test results from six states and the District of Columbia to investigate the incidence of cheating. The results were disheartening.

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Rise in College Applications Fuels Uncertainty

High School GraduatesAs anxious students hover by computer screens or mailboxes for news of college admissions, they face even more disappointment than even the record-breaking class of 2009. Though the number of high school seniors fell in many states last year, they continue to apply to more schools. The average now tops 4.5, with a hefty percentage applying to eight or more colleges.

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Lesson: Free Shot Physics

HoopBasketball not only is fun to play or watch–it packs a lot of math and science in each move. In this lesson, developed by NPR’s Talking Science with John Fontanella, a physicist at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of The Physics of Basketball, students will learn how physics affects the game. What forces are acting on the ball? What must players do to offset these forces?

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White House Honors H.S. STEM Champs

Intel Science Talent SearchIn his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Americans to “teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.” Last week, the sports-fan-in-chief made good on that vow by welcoming 40 high school STEM superstars — finalists in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search — to the White House.

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Big Dance Basics

Big DanceFrom long-shot “Cinderella” teams to “field goal” averages and “bracketology,” the NCAA’s annual “March Madness” men’s Division 1 college basketball championship has a host of pet terms and traditions. Here’s a guide to this year’s Big Dance.

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Broadcom Masters Competition

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who participate in an SSP-affiliated fair with their science, engineering or math project, and are nominated to compete in the national competition.

Middle school students will be nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS at SSP-affiliated science fairs held in the 2010-2011 school year.  Nominees will enter the competition by completing an online application where they will explain their science project and demonstrate their use of STEM principles – science, technology, engineering and math – in the development and presentation of their project.

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Students’ Summer: Engineering Discovery for Girls

EDGEExciting Discovery for Girls in Engineering (EDGE) is a residential camp at Purdue University geared for girls who have completed the 9th or 10th grade and want to explore the engineering field. EDGE provides an overview of engineering concepts through hands-on workshops and introduces the participants to various engineering fields. Dates: July 24 – 29 and July 31 – Aug. 5, 2011. Application Deadline: April 15, 2011.

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