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After School Engineering, Purdue U., Fall 2010 – Spring 2011


Purdue University’s “Innovation 2 Reality” (I2R) features three FREE 5-week after-school programs for 6th-8th grade students in Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 focused on the themes: Engineering and Our Changing Climate (Oct. 17 – Nov. 10), Edible Engineering (Jan. 13 – Feb. 10), and The Energy Game (Feb. 8-March 8 ) The programs offer a combination of faculty guest speakers, lab tours and hands-on engineering activities.

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Event: Cambridge Science Fest, April 24-May 2

The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing Cambridge, Mass., is a multifaceted, multicultural event that makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEM in all our lives.

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Science Center: Fernbank. Atlanta, GA

The exhibit hall of Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, GA, spans some 9000 square feet, circling a planetarium theater, and split over two levels. Within these areas are numerous displays which deal with a whole array of scientific concepts. The theme for the entire exhibit area reflects the slogan of the Science Center: “Where Science Becomes an Adventure.”

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Lecture: Getting It Right. Feb. 18, Wash. DC

Aerospace engineer Wanda Austin will deliver the 2010 Annual African-American History Program Lecture at the National Academy of Science, Feb. 18. Reservations required.

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Make It Exciting, and They’ll Come on Saturday

Getting middle school students to spend a precious Saturday morning back in school—studying STEM topics, no less—may sound like an exercise in frustration. But, a program developed by the Salisbury, Maryland school district is having great success doing exactly that.

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Event: Girls STEM Day at U. Akron, Feb. 13, 2010

Kids Career Day , Feb. 13, 2010, is a half day program at the University of Akron, OH, designed to involve girls grades 1-5 in activities related to engineering, science, technology, and math careers. Each activity showcases professional women currently employed as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 2010. Cost: $6.

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Robotics at Bright & Smart, LLC

ROBODevelop teamwork, logical and critical thinking and problem solving skills through assembling robots in a fun entertaining afterschool program.

Offered at your own school and several community centers in Broward County, FL.

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Website: Connect A Million Minds

The website also challenges parents, after-school program administrators and community members to pledge to connect children in their lives with the wonders of science and math.

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NDEP’s STEM Outreach and Workforce Development Activities

NDEPThe National Defense Education Program (NDEP) is building a foundation for the future workforce needs of the Department of Defense (DoD) by supporting science and math programs at the pre-college, undergraduate/graduate, and faculty/post-doctoral levels.

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