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Online Engineering Mentors Sought

MentorNetMentorNet, an award-winning online program that matches thousands of women and underrepresented students in engineering each year with mentors in industry and academia, is accepting new campus and corporate partners as well as volunteer mentors in all science and engineering disciplines.

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States Push STEM Partnerships

STEM PartnershipsAfter years of discussing the need to improve STEM education, states are starting to seize their Sputnik moment. Some are forging novel connections between colleges and local school systems. Others are considering laws so school districts can form regional STEM schools.

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Website: Pathways to Science

Pathways to SciencePathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields. It places particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring, and resources. This website features programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, and recruitment and retention materials.

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Nickelodeon: Earth Day Events Promotion

NickelodeonThe children’s programming TV network Nickelodeon is offering to feature camera footage of events with groups performing “green activities” that promote a healthy Earth environment. Submitted footage may be featured on the network or on their website.

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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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Navy on Course to Boost STEM Learning

Naval ShipThe U.S. Navy now spends $60 million a year on STEM education, but Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants to double that amount over five years, officials say. The expanded effort is directed particularly at elementary and middle school students in rural and urban communities – not just areas with existing naval facilities – and at university freshmen and sophomores, too many of whom now drop out of science and engineering.

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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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Internships for All at New “Pathways in Tech” Schools

New YorkPathways In Technology Early College High School, a new school opening this fall in Brooklyn, N.Y., is partnering with IBM to offer internships and hands-on training in computers, engineering and information technology for all students. Students also will be able to take college-level classes at CUNY and earn an associate’s degree.

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Contest: ThinkQuest International Competition

ThinkQuestThe 2011 ThinkQuest International Competition challenges students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to a real-world problem. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience. Students and their coaches put their ideas and skills to the test in one of three events.

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