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President Signs CTE Bill

CTE poster MontanaEngineering, technology, and dual-enrollment programs – along with their students, many of them from underrepresented groups in STEM – could be among the biggest beneficiaries of a major education bill that Congress approved on July 25.

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National Park Service Ups STEM

park serviceThe National Park Service, steward of mountain ranges and monuments, offers STEM lessons, education programs, and other teacher resources. The aim: reach a quarter of America’s students through real and virtual field trips. State parks are serving up STEM, too!

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Lemelson-MIT Workshops for Teachers

Lemelson-MIT teachers PD workshopThe Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is hosting three hands-on professional development workshops this summer aimed at helping middle and high school teachers nurture their students’ creativity and inventive mindsets.
Midwest | July 11-13, 2018 at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisc.
West Coast | July 25-27, 2018 at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, Calif.
East Coast | August 1-3, 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

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EngineerGirl Essay Winners 2018

EngineerGirl infrastructureSelf-healing roads and Tick Tock, a Lyme disease-protection wristwatch that not only alerts wearers to the presence of ticks but sprays bug repellent are among the winners of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2018 EngineerGirl essay competition.

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Kid Picks: The Secret Code Menace

The Secret Code Message coverWant to get youngsters excited about computers and engineering? The Secret Code Menace, an adventure story for preteens by electrical and computer engineering professor Pamela Cosman, got 4.99 out of 5 stars from eGFI’s fourth-grade reviewer. Your STEM students will love it, too! (The author’s instructional guide includes problems and answers.)

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Engineer a Vertical Farm

vertical garden class projectStudents in grades 6 to 8 explore food production problems related to population growth and then engineer a model vertical farm as a potential solution in a fictional community, Greentown, culminating with a presentation to the imaginary city’s “legislators.”

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Generation Nano Superhero Winners

Generation Nano 2018 superheroWhat does a solar-powered, high-flying hero named Heliora have in common with a peppy polymer that transforms into a cell-size, chain-welding warrior to battle an antibiotic-resistant superbug? Both won the 2018 Generation Nano challenge!

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ASEE Engineering Day Highlights

ASEE at NSTA regional in New Orleans Dec. 2017Couldn’t make it to ASEE’s Engineering Day at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association regional conferences or annual STEM Forum? Check out these hands-on highlights – and join us at the NSTA STEM Forum in Philadelphia July 11-13, 2018!

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America’s Got STEM Talent!

Regeneron STS 2018 winnersOne developed a mathematical model that predicts the spread of potato blight. Another examined the response of lung cells to electronic cigarettes. The teens who topped this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search come from 31 schools in 15 states. But all underscore the importance of elementary science instruction – an advantage few U.S. students currently enjoy, a new report notes.

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