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Science & Eng. Education Data Timeline

National Science BoardScience and Engineering Indicators, from the National Science Board, provides a broad base of quantitative information on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. Its Education Timeline provides statistics and data for every step of the education process that are helpful for students, faculty, parents, and more.

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No Boundaries Competition (Updated)

No BoundariesThe No Boundaries National Competition gives students the chance to learn about opportunities at NASA, explore careers in STEM, and win prizes that are out of this world. After completing the project and presenting their work to peers, student groups are encouraged to enter their project in the competition.

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Most U.S. Students Not Proficient in Science

Proficiency MapScores released January 25 from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress show that many U.S. students still struggle in science. Just 34 percent of fourth graders, 30 percent of eighth graders, and 21 percent of 12th graders are performing at or above ‘proficient’ – with just a tiny fraction displaying the advanced skills that could lead to careers in science and technology.

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Academy: Too Soon for K-12 Engineering Standards

NAS, NAE SignA National Academy of Engineering report says it’s not time to introduce a new set of K-12 engineering education standards. Given the importance of national technological development, however, engineering learning should be incorporated into existing subjects.

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On the Path to Stronger Math

Teaching MathMath teachers who want to refine their teaching methods might want to check out a new volume of articles that presents the latest research findings for improving math education. Published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the articles are jargon-free and include references and a handy use guide.

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Resource: Naval Astronomical Information Center

Carina Nebula from HubbleThe Naval Oceanography Portal website maintains an Astronomical Information Center that contains a variety of informative resources. The directory features a glossary of terms, important definitions, fun facts, in-depth articles, data sets, lists, mathematical equations, and links to outside resources. Some topics include phenomena of the sun and moon, time, calendars and events, computing astronomical data, celestial navigation, and more.

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Rewrite of Science Standards Under Way

Young Students ExperimentingA committee of science, engineering, and education experts has completed the first of a two-step process to produce a framework for new science education standards. The final framework will serve as a guide to develop the next generation of science standards, highlighting the core science and engineering, technology, and cross-cutting concepts that all students need to understand.

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Publication: Research on Informal Learning

Informal ScienceThe National Academies Press has published a several hundred-page paper called “Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits” (2009). It explores the various facets of science learning outside the classroom and uses research to determine which approaches are most effective. The Committee on Learning Science in Informal Environments was established to examine the potential of non-school settings for science learning.

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Engineering Journal: The Bridge

The Bridge, the journal of the National Academy of Engineering, features essays on engineering research, education, and practice; science and technology policy; and the roles of engineering in society. Each issue is available for reading online, or in downloadable pdfs.

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