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Computer Science for All Schools?

Army 2015 APG GEMS CS classNot comfortable teaching computer science? Join the crowd – but not for long. With well-paying tech jobs across the country going begging, states, local school districts, and the federal government are making computer science education a priority.

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Generation Nano Superhero Challenge

NSF Generation Nano graphicSpider-Man’s creator, Stan Lee, finds inspiration in STEM. And he hopes students in grades 6 to 12 will, too, by dreaming up comics or short videos in the National Science Foundation’s Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science competition. Top entries can win up to $1,500 in scholarships, with $500 stipends for teachers. Enter by January 8, 2018.

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Best STEM Books 2017

2017 Best STEM Books logoWhat do computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, Hitler’s atomic bomb effort, and the Slinky have in common? All are among the National Science Teachers Association’s inaugural list of 31 Best STEM Books for 2017.

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Teacher’s App Gauges Students’ Well-Being

Emotions Count screen shot iconsSchools around the country have come to view social and emotional well-being as key to learning. They might want to check with Gina Greco, a fourth grade teacher in Auburn, Wash., who worked with local college students to develop a web-based app that asks students how they feel – and flags those who might need intervention.

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Engineering the National Pastime

baseball and batBaseball traditions may not have changed much, but engineering has helped improve performance, safety, and equipment – including perfecting the swing. Baseball also offers a great context for teaching math and science, and eGFI has compiled some helpful sites.

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Join ASEE @ NSTA for Engineering Day

NSTA Baltimore Engineering DayBuild a robotic hand, use cars to teach force and motion, and learn about the American Society for Engineering Education’s free resources for teachers. Join us for a day of hands-on sessions designed to help you put the “E” in your STEM classes at the National Science Teachers Association’s regional conferences in Milwaukee (November 9-11, 2017) and New Orleans (December 1, 2017). And see highlights from ASEE Engineering Day at NSTA’s Baltimore conference on Friday, October 6.

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Teen Invents New Hurricane Damage Model

Alice Jiang and JPL's Jonathan Jiang hurricane damage modelersAlice Zhai’s curiosity about Hurricane Sandy’s destructiveness led to an outstanding high school science fair project – and a collaboration with a NASA scientist that produced a journal paper outlining a new statistical model for better predicting the economic damage from big storms.

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Location, Location, Location

Mauna Kea thirty meter telescope artist sketchThe clear skies above Hawaii’s Mauna Kea make the site ideal for a giant telescope. That’s assuming engineers can shield it from earthquakes, fierce winds, and extreme temperatures.

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Build a Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer

boy viewing eclipse using cereal box pinhole projectorTurn an empty cereal box into a pinhole projector or choose another DIY project for safely viewing the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Don’t forget to look around, too, as your shadow sharpens, the horizon colors with sunset hues, and birds roost!

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