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Computer Science Education Week 2016

computer coding graphicWant to inspire your students? Join millions in celebrating Computer Science Education Week – and computer pioneer Grace Hopper’s birthday – from December 5 to 11 this year by hosting an Hour of Code or other fun activity.

Join more than 41,000 U.S. schools, libraries, and other organizations celebrating Computer Science Education Week this year by hosting hour-of-code events from December 5 to 11. (Get how-to details here.)

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No Phishing! Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016

Cybersecurity password theftThe Department of Homeland Security designates October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Its “Stop, Think, Connect” toolkit includes materials for various audiences, including students and educators, as well as guides to social media, phishing, and other topics.

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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park New Melones LakeTo celebrate its 100th birthday and engage the next century’s environmentalists, the National Park Service is opening parks to 4th graders and their teachers and parents for free. Every Kid in a Park includes trip planning tools and teacher activity guides. No time or funds for field trips? Take a virtual tour of the Grand Canyon or explore resources for teaching history to citizen science.

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K-12 Engineering Education Podcast

podcast headphonesWhat’s the best way to teach and inspire kids to think like engineers? How can schools ensure equity of access in engineering? The K-12 Engineering Education Podcast plans to cover these and a wide variety other topics in and effort to engage teachers, parents, entrepreneurs, and engineers in finding batter ways to educate and inspire kids in engineering thinking. Give it a listen!

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Dear Science: Advice Column

colorful question marksTrying to resuscitate your cellphone that just fell in a puddle – or persuade a doubting Thomas about climate change? Ask Dear Science, the Washington Post’s new advice column that seeks to use “old-fashioned scientific know-how” to answer one question submitted by readers each week.

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New K-12 STEM Journal

Omaha Zoo AcademyConnected Science Learning, a new online journal for STEM educators, seeks to bridge the gap between informal and traditional education settings by highlighting effective programs and partnerships that enhance STEM learning. The inaugural issue, released March 15, includes articles on Omaha’s “Zoo Academy,” a museum partnership with Denver schools, and a Franklin Institute program on applying neuroscience to education.

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Star Trek Space Food Contest

International Space Shuttle astronaut Luca Parmitano juggling food packsCalling all Starfleet cadets! Star Trek and NASA want you to “boldly go where no one has gone before” and engineer the future of food in space by creating a digital 3-D model of a non-edible, food-related item for future astronauts living aboard the International Space Station.

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FIRST STEM Equity Grants

DC McKinley Tech FIRST robotics team 2010To broaden access and reduce inequities in STEM education and after-school programming, FIRST® has partnered with Apple and Microsoft to provide grants of up to $50,000 to as many as 15 communities in United States and Canada for the coming school year. Letters of intent are due March 11, 2016.

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ASEE K-12 Engineering Workshop 2016

ASEE 2015 K12 workshop teachers making circuitsWhether you’re seeking fun, immediately useful ways to enrich your STEM, literacy, or art classes or an opportunity to network and learn alongside STEM teachers and engineering faculty from across the country, the American Society for Engineering Education’s annual K-12 Workshop is the place to be.
WHERE: New Orleans Convention Center, Louisiana
WHEN: June 25, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
New this year: A curriculum exchange and half-day Sunday workshop on integrating STEM through making!

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