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DREAM BIG Engineering Film Debuts

Dream Big engineering movie posterThink engineering is about as exciting as watching paint dry? DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, a new giant-screen movie, promises to challenge those perceptions … big time.

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MIT THINK Scholars Program

idea light bulb MIT THINKMIT’s THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative run by undergraduates that supports and funds STEM projects developed by high school students. Six finalists are chosen to visit the campus, with three selected to receive up to $1,000 in seed money to complete their projects. Deadline for submitting proposals is January 1, 2016.

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Visit ASEE @ NSTA’s STEM Forum July 27-29

Harford County, MD, 4th grade engineering studentsInfusing engineering throughout the elementary school day and a tour of TeachEngineering’s free library of teacher-tested engineering activities are just two of the presentations ASEE’s experienced educators will be making at NSTA’s annual STEM Forum in Denver July 27 to 29. It’s all part of ASEE’s Year of Action on P-12 Engineering Education.

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STEM No Longer Left Behind

Capitol dome under constructionCongress could deliver an early holiday gift to educators before school lets out this December: A rewrite of the federal education law that established today’s testing and accountability mandates. It’s not a done deal, but House and Senate education leaders announced they have “a path forward” and hope to have the long-stalled reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act approved before Congress recesses for the year.

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eCybermission 2015

eybermission 2012 finalistsAlternative energy, forces and motion, the environment, and robotics are some of the areas students in grades 6 to 9 can explore in the 2015 eCYBERMISSION. This free, web-based STEM competition is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the contest draws thousands of participants each year and has awarded some $10 million in EE U.S. Savings Bonds. Registration closes December 17, 2015.

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NASA’s Real-Life Martian Sfx

Habitat from the movie The MartianIf NASA loves the The Martian, it may be because the 21st Century Fox film starring Matt Damon draws on real-life technologies the U.S. space agency already has or is developing for a manned mission to Mars.

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Stipends for STEM Advisers

White House Science Fair 2015Science competitions can pave the path toward STEM degrees and careers. But low-income students often face barriers to participation.The nonprofit Society for Science & the Public, which runs the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, is launching a pilot program to recruit and pay teachers and counselors to coach students through the process.

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Black History Month STEM Resources

Black History MonthResources to help students learn about the contributions made by African American scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and inventors to fields from agriculture to medicine to space.

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MIT Unveils Multiplayer Online STEM Game

Radix Endeavor screen shotCan MOOGs – massive multiplayer online games – help teach students to think like scientists and engineers? MIT researchers think so, and they have developed a game based on the Next Generation Science Standards and common core mathematics standards to teach high school biology, algebra, geometry, probability, and statistics.

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