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Superhero STEM Contest

NSF Super Nanoheroes contestPow! Kaboom! Building on the surging popularity of the Avengers, Batman, Captain America and other movie superheroes, the National Science Foundation and National Nanotechnology Initiative have launched a new competition to encourage students to “think big” and pursue STEM.

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SMART Competition 2014: Redesign a H.S. Gym

SMART Competition logo The SMART Competition invites high school students to apply their knowledge of science, math, physics, and engineering to develop intelligent-building solutions for a world increasingly dependent on energy efficiency, redesign, and reuse, This year’s challenge is to redesign an existing high school gym. Students will be mentored by design and engineering professionals, and use the same techniques and tools as the country’s best design firms.

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Nominate STEM Teachers for Presidential Award

presidential awardsNominate an outstanding mathematics, science, or computer science teacher for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Nominations for teachers in grades 7 to 12 are due April 1.

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Resource: BLOSSOMS from MIT

blossomsThe Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) initiative, a new project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates videos with a STEM focus for use in high school classrooms. The program features a library with around 50 math and science lessons, available free for download or as streaming video, and also by request as DVDs and videotapes.

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Mass. Starts Early College STEM Program

paper planeCan project-based STEM programs boost student achievement and engagement in all subjects? Massachusetts is betting on it. This fall, the Marlborough school district became the first of six systems to launch an engineering-focused STEM early-college initiative.

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