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Race to the (STEM) Top

Department of EducationGeorgia is the latest Race to the Top winner to devote some of the federal money to improving STEM education. Governor Nathan Deal announced that he’s giving $19 million to schools and programs that focus on science, mathematics, engineering and technology, and help better prepare educators to teach those subjects.

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States Offered NCLB Opt-Out Waivers

Arne Duncan with StudentStates will soon be able to opt out of No Child Left Behind though qualifying for special waivers offered by the Obama Administration. Citing a failure by Congress to make any progress on reforming the controversial legislation before the upcoming school year, the Department of Education will offer waivers to all 50 states, which will be expected to meet certain criteria in order to qualify.

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Lesson: Chemical Wonders

chemistryIn this lesson, students in grades 3-5 are introduced to chemical engineering and learn about its many different applications. They are provided with a basic introduction to matter and its different properties and states. An associated hands-on activity gives students a chance to test their knowledge of the states of matter and how to make observations.

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Tykes Reveal Math Talent

the path to schoolProwess in math may be apparent in children as young as three, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers that may help point the way to improved learning. Children display a “number sense” even before formal mathematical education takes place, the study published in the journal of Developmental Science suggests.

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