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Dear Science: Advice Column

colorful question marksTrying to resuscitate your cellphone that just fell in a puddle – or persuade a doubting Thomas about climate change? Ask Dear Science, the Washington Post’s new advice column that seeks to use “old-fashioned scientific know-how” to answer one question submitted by readers each week.

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Rising Stars in Engineering

Intel STS 2016 top three winnersWho says homework has to be boring? Not the 40 high school finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science competition. Now in its 75th year, the 2016 talent search witnessed a historic first: a majority of the finalists and winners were young women!

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New K-12 STEM Journal

Omaha Zoo AcademyConnected Science Learning, a new online journal for STEM educators, seeks to bridge the gap between informal and traditional education settings by highlighting effective programs and partnerships that enhance STEM learning. The inaugural issue, released March 15, includes articles on Omaha’s “Zoo Academy,” a museum partnership with Denver schools, and a Franklin Institute program on applying neuroscience to education.

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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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Einstein Fellowships for STEM Teachers

Einstein Fellows 2014/5Ever wonder who sets STEM education policy – or yearn to influence it? Apply to become an Einstein Fellow and spend a year at the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, or a congressional office.

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NAE Connects Educators with Experts

LinkEngineeringAs a teacher, you’re supposed to have all the answers–but you know that sometimes, you just don’t. What if you always had an engineering expert to provide inspiration and advice? The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently announced the launch of LinkEngineering, a new website that connects preK-12 teachers with engineering experts, fellow educators, lesson plans, tips, and tools.

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Stipends for STEM Advisers

White House Science Fair 2015Science competitions can pave the path toward STEM degrees and careers. But low-income students often face barriers to participation.The nonprofit Society for Science & the Public, which runs the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, is launching a pilot program to recruit and pay teachers and counselors to coach students through the process.

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High School STEM Gap

diverse STEM students with blackboardSilicon Valley’s high-tech upper echelon isn’t the only place with a gender gap. A National Center for Education Statistics study of 20,000 students who were high school freshmen in 2009 reveals that while boys and girls earn math and science credits at similar rates, young men are far more likely to take engineering and technology classes and to consider pursuing STEM majors in college.

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Report: Improving STEM Education

Kids doing STEM activityWant to improve the quality of STEM education? AdvancED devotes its entire Spring 2015 issue to the subject. Articles range from narrowing the STEM achievement gap to 3-D virtual learning to explicitly teaching engineering.

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