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Resource: Engineering Scholarships

American MoneyScholarships that target students interested in engineering provide an excellent way to help pay for the rising costs of higher education. Since engineering scholarships are plentiful and come from a variety of sources, such as corporations, non-profits, foundations, institutions, and governmental bodies, future engineers have a host of opportunities available to them.

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Program: One Laptop Per Child

OLPC MongoliaThe One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program aims to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, hardware, content, and software has been designed for collaborative, fun, and self-empowered learning.

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Grass-roots Advocacy? Ask Bill Gates

Bill Gates SpeakingThe foundation launched by Microsoft founder Bill Gates is spending millions of dollars to enlist educators and experts in promoting sweeping changes to public education. Teachers hired by Gates-funded advocacy group Teach Plus helped persuade Indiana lawmakers this spring to eliminate seniority-based layoff policies.

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Organization: U.S. Education Delivery Institute

MailboxThe U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI) is an innovative, non-profit organization that helps to implement change in public education. EDI’s mission is to develop the capacity of system leaders in K-12 education and higher education to define and deliver on their academic vision—setting and reaching goals that increase the number of students who graduate from high school college and career-ready, then enter and succeed in college.

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Engineers Week

Young EngineersThe annual Engineers Week is the cornerstone program of the National Engineers Week Foundation, which strives to be the global leader in cultivating and celebrating the engineering profession. The 2011 Engineers Week is February 20-26.

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Outreach: NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

Challenge DayThe NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is a competition that challenges eighth grade students to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. They work in teams to design and build a fluid power mechanism, and then compete against other teams in a timed competition.

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Programs: Center for Excellence in Education

Center for Excellence in EducationThe Center for Excellence in Education sponsors the Research Science Institute, the National Lab Skills Initiative, and the USA Biology Olympiad. The organization is a strong advocate for gifted education and contributes to the national debate on education reform. The Center actively supports developing scholars through its programs for high school through post-graduate students.

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Group: The Junior Engineering Technical Society

JETSThe Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) is a national non-profit education organization dedicated to promoting engineering and helping students discover their potential for the profession. JETS engages students in a variety of educational programs that increase awareness of what engineers do and show how math and science are used to make tangible differences in the world.

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Website: STEM Clubs Network

STEM ClubsThe STEM Clubs Network, which caters to schools in the United Kingdom, also provides best practice information, professional advice, shared resources, tips, and more for starting and running STEM-based extracurricular clubs for the middle and high school levels.

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