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National Youth Science Camp 2015

National Youth Science CampThe National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), one of the country’s premier science education programs, offers graduating high school seniors a month of outdoor adventure and hands-on projects in the beautiful woods near Bartow, W.V., all travel costs and camp fees paid.

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Blue LED Beams Nobel Fame

Blue LED sculpture Makoto TajikiLight-emitting diodes illuminate everything from traffic signals to shimmering sculptures like this one by Makoto Tojiki. But the researchers whose early 1990s breakthrough – a blue-light LED – made today’s energy-saving white lamps possible toiled mostly in the shadows… until they won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2014.

No longer. In September, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura, a professor of materials and co-director of the Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Computer Science Education Week 2014

computer programming termsCelebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 8 to 14, 2014, with a host of classroom activities and events designed to inspire the next generation of inventors and programmers. Want to get more girls interested? Code.org kicks off the week with a tutorial featuring Anna and Elsa from the Disney hit Frozen.

Kick off the week by organizing an Hour of Code. Join 1.5 million people from around the world in creating fun, hands-on sessions that ignite interest and open opportunities in the wonderful world of computing.

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NASA’s Space Ace

Space AceHad the WNBA existed during her childhood, Aprille Ericsson jokes that she might have gravitated to pro basketball as a profession. Instead, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native became an aerospace engineer and NASA’s first African American Ph.D. rocket scientist.

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The Eiffel Tower Turns 125

eiffel towerThe world’s most visited man-made monument turned 125 this year. Built for the Paris World’s Fair of 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel’s famous tower attracted scorn before it opened. But its role as a research lab for weather, aviation, and telecommunications helped ensure its longevity.

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‘Vertical’ Engineers Get Capital View

washington monument engineer1Structural engineer Emma Cardini has inspected some pretty impressive facades, including the Chicago Tribune Tower’s ornate spires and the Bridge of the Americas in Panama. Still, nothing compares with the capital bird’s eye view she literally enjoys on her latest job: rappelling down the marble sides of the Washington Monument to assess the damage from late August’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake.

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Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2015

shell ecomarathon winner 2014Shell Eco-marathon is a global challenge that motivates high school and college students to drive farther than their peers on one gallon of fuel. Student teams participate in one of or both the Prototype (futuristic design) and UrbanConcept (roadworthy, fuel-efficient) classes.

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edX offers online AP courses

e-learning keyboardWhether seeking to prepare for Advanced Placement® Biology exams or take engineering math, high school students now can access 27 free online courses from the MIT-Harvard edX consortium designed to help boost their chance of college STEM success.

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Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Mickelson ExxonMobil 2013 Teachers AcademyThe Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a five-day, all-expenses-paid professional development program for third- through fifth-grade teachers designed to help inspire students to pursue careers in science and math. The fun, hands-on activities are created and led by two of the nation’s leading teacher-training organizations, Math Solutions Professional Development and the National Science Teachers Association. Applications for the 2015 Academy are due October 31, 2014.

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