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Teach Every Kid to Code – Grant

Computer programmer kidComputer programming is an essential language, one that an Atlanta-based tech company chief believes every elementary student should get a head start on learning. And he’s launching a nationwide grant contest that would send a master coding instructor to train K-8 teachers in a high-poverty school district for up to a year.

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Environmental Youth Leadership Council Forming

EarthEcho International logoAre you passionate about the environment and between the ages of 15 and 22? EarthEcho International, a nonprofit environmental education group founded by the grandchildren of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, seeks 15 individuals to serve on its first Youth Leadership Council. Apply by December 31, 2015.

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Top Autoracing Safety Engineer Tackles Football

UAB football crash-test dummiesHe revolutionized safety in auto racing following the death of legendary racer Dale Earnhardt in 2001. Now Dean Sicking, a professor of engineering at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is tackling football helmets in an effort to reduce brain injuries at every level of the sport.

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A Tasty Experiment

cat sniffing appleStudent teams in grades 3 to 7 learn the key role that smell plays in being able to recognize foods by conducting taste tests while holding and not holding their noses. They then create bar graphs comparing the number of correct identifications.

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Thankful Engineering

Toon turkey with football and helmetWhat does engineering have to do with Thanksgiving? Plenty, including football broadcasting technology and meatless Tofurkey, among other holiday delights.

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STEM No Longer Left Behind

Capitol dome under constructionCongress could deliver an early holiday gift to educators before school lets out this December: A rewrite of the federal education law that established today’s testing and accountability mandates. It’s not a done deal, but House and Senate education leaders announced they have “a path forward” and hope to have the long-stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act approved before Congress recesses for the year.

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Hour of Code 2015

computer code handThink computer science is only for an elite group of professionals? An Hour of Code could change your mind – and inspire your students! More than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations are celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 7 to 13, 2015. Will you class be one of them?

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Connect with LinkEngineering Nov 18

NSF booth at 2014 USA Science and Engineering FesitvalSeek inspiration or instructional tips for your STEM classes? Find out how the National Academy of Engineering’s new LinkEngineering portal can connect you with engineering experts, educators, activities, and more at a Town Hall Google Hangout November 18 from 1 to 2 pm EST.

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Sci-Toons: Fun Videos Convey Serious Science

Brown university scitoonsWhat is graphene? How do we see color? These are just two of the questions Brown University researchers answer in a series of engaging animated videos called Sci-Toons designed for informal and after-school science programs.

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