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eCybermission 2015

eybermission 2012 finalistsAlternative energy, forces and motion, the environment, and robotics are some of the areas students in grades 6 to 9 can explore in the 2015 eCYBERMISSION. This free, web-based STEM competition is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the contest draws thousands of participants each year and has awarded some $10 million in EE U.S. Savings Bonds. Registration closes December 17, 2015.

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Outreach: Project CANDLE

project candleProject CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. Some activities include: travel awards that expose students to career opportunities in lighting; the mentorship of a future lighting educator through the IALD Future Lighting Educator Fellowship; an annual Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Roundtable; and outreach to high school students.

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Program: Science Club for Girls

Science Clup for GirlsScience Club for Girls (SCFG) is a series of afterschool STEM programs offering K-12 girls the chance to explore science and technology through experiments and activities. Through the Junior Mentor leadership program, teenage girls become role models, teaching young children science, learning life skills, conducting outreach, and exploring careers in STEM fields.

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STEM Activities: Time to Invent

Time to Invent ClubThe Time to Invent Club, an invention-based mentoring program, helps students participate in fun, hands-on invention activities that spark their interest in STEM. They tackle challenges, gain confidence through inventing and creative problem-solving, meet STEM professions, and realize the impact invention has on daily life.

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Summit: Adventures of the Mind

Adventures of the MindAdventures of the Mind, a mentoring summit, brings together 150 of the nation’s top students and 50 accomplished mentors, who will share their life stories with the Junior Achievers. They will learn first-hand that excellence is not only possible, but the path to it lies right in front of them. The 2011 summit is at the University of Montana, Missoula, June 22-26, 2011.

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Feature: Opening Minds, Raising Sights

Girls in the California Bay area who may have never met an engineer now have an introduction – and more. Through the Chabot Space & Science Center, the Techbridge program connects girls with female technical role models with student groups, engaging them in hands-on activities, workplace tours, and school visits. And Techbridge mentors the mentors, ensuring they know how to inspire students’ passion for learning. “Opening Minds, Raising Sights,” from the December issue of Prism magazine, describes the appeal of the program.

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Outreach: Purdue College of Science

Purdue K-12 Science Outreach ProgramPurdue’s College of Science K-12 Outreach program provides professional development programs for teachers, forms long term partnerships with school districts, and presents activities for students. It also offers class visits, curricular programs, laboratory equipment, and other activities aimed at the improvement of science and math education.

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Website: National Defense Education Program

NDEPThe Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program has a number of different services and programs available to teachers and students. The website offers online videos, a search engine for local labs, news, teacher resources, and more. It is divided up into portals for scientists/engineers, teachers, and students respectively.

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Resource: Ask an Engineer’s Ask an Engineer website offers an archive of academic and career-oriented questions for engineers and their answers. Users can browse the most frequently asked questions, look through the full archives, or isolate the questions and answers by topic.

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