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Crack Me if You Can!

Carnegie Mellon hackerAt Carnegie Mellon University, students are learning to thwart cyber attacks by becoming “white hat hackers” – ethical computer sleuths searching for and fixing security gaps before the bad guys can exploit them.

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No Phishing! Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016

Cybersecurity password theftThe Department of Homeland Security designates October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Its “Stop, Think, Connect” toolkit includes materials for various audiences, including students and educators, as well as guides to social media, phishing, and other topics.

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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park New Melones LakeTo celebrate its 100th birthday and engage the next century’s environmentalists, the National Park Service is opening parks to 4th graders and their teachers and parents for free. Every Kid in a Park includes trip planning tools and teacher activity guides. No time or funds for field trips? Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon or explore resources for teaching history to citizen science.

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Summer Research Program for H.S. Students

SEAP studentsApplications are now open for the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), a paid summer research program for high school students administered by the American Society for Engineering Education. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are selected to spend eight weeks working alongside professional engineers and research scientists on real projects at one of 27 Department of Navy labs around the country. Apply by November 30, 2016.

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K-12 Engineering Education Podcast

podcast headphonesWhat’s the best way to teach and inspire kids to think like engineers? How can schools ensure equity of access in engineering? The K-12 Engineering Education Podcast plans to cover these and a wide variety other topics in and effort to engage teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, and engineers in finding batter ways to educate and inspire kids in engineering thinking. Give it a listen!

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American Roots

National Museum of African American History and CultureThe National Park Service just turned 100 and what better way to celebrate than with the grand opening of a stunning new addition to the National Mall. The $540 million National Museum of African American History and Culture is adorned with a corona, or scrim, of 3,600 bronze-colored cast-aluminum panels that glow at night from the light within, and was built around a 77-ton, 80-foot-long railway car and other huge artifacts housed in its vast below-ground exhibit space.

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Verizon App Challenge 2016

verizon app challengeMiddle and high school students can win up to $20,000 in the Verizon App Challenge — no programming experience necessary. Register teams by November 18, 2016.

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Brazil’s Olympic Designs

imaginary stadium with light beamsAs host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil has had to tap engineering expertise for everything from stadium construction to pollution control to security systems in order to receive an estimated 15,000 athletes and half a million foreign visitors. Despite the country’s economic woes, zika virus concerns, and construction delays, the games will go on… though probably not without some hitches.

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Speak Up on STEM Education Policy

apple on school bookEngineering is rapidly expanding at at the K-12 level but the voices and insights of experienced teachers have largely been absent. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hope to change that dynamic – and they’re seeking classroom and informal STEM educators to attend a two-day colloquium this fall aimed at better engaging teachers in STEM policy decision making.

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