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National LGBT History Month

rainbowLesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans have made notable contributions to engineering, science, education, and innovation. In honor of National LGBT History Month, the American Society for Engineering Education presents a diverse group of outstanding achievers.

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CS2N: Computer Science Student Network

CS2NFrom art to aerospace, computer science plays a vital role in virtually every field and innovation. Yet few U.S. students pursue computer science or engineering degrees. The Computer Science Student Network (CS2N), a collaborative research project between Carnegie Mellon University and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), aims to change that with a site full of engaging activities, competitions, step-by-step programming lessons, animation software, and free courses for teachers.

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Lesson: Bits & Binary

binaryIn this activity, students in grades 4 – 12 will do math like a computer. They will learn the basics of binary number systems by writing and then counting on their hands, and use their knowledge to decode numbers and letters.

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Event: Computer Science Education Week

CSEdWeekCSEdWeek 2011 celebrates the impact of computing and the need for computer science education. The week incorporates events and resources for students, teachers, parents, administrators, college and university reps, and industry. When: December 4-11, 2011.

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Lesson: That (Motion) Captures It!

motionIn this activity, students in grades 5 – 7 learn how motion capture technology (mo-cap) enables computer animators to create realistic effects. They learn the importance of center of gravity in animation and how to use the concept in writing an action scene.

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STEM Video Game Challenge Names Winners

Winner and Cousins Test GameTwelve students have won the National STEM Video Game Challenge, according to Education Week. They include a team of students who developed a game called, “You Make Me Sick!” to teach about bacteria and viruses. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the contest aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passions for playing and making video games.

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Students Summer: Computing at Missouri S&T. July 17-21, 2011

CHIPThe Computer Highly Interactive Program (C.H.I.P.) camp at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, July 17-21, 2010, is for high school juniors and seniors who love working with computers and digital technologies. C.H.I.P. campers will enjoy “hands-on” computing in a variety of fields, includingComputer Engineering , Computer Science, and Information Science & Technology. Cost: Resident: $445; Commuter: $345. Application Deadline: July 10, 2011.

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Engineering Lights a Spark

Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) Lifts Off from Wallops IslandClearly, Abby Ardis is an exceptional student. Still, the path taken by this senior at Snow Hill High School in Salisbury, Md. shows where an early interest in engineering and science can lead: internships at a NASA research facility and attendance at a bio-engineering conference.

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School Firewalls Draw Teachers’ Complaints

Teacher at Computer (Image from NASA)Tech-savvy teachers have long been irritated by firewalls and content filters installed on school computer systems to protect students’ safety and privacy. But Teacher magazine reports that complaints seem to be ratcheting up, and suggests why.

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