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Engineers Week 2014

Engineers Week 2014 logoCelebrate National Engineers Week 2014 by hosting or attending an event, introducing a girl to engineering, or nominating a STEM teacher for an award. DiscoverE also includes an online library of videos and hands-on activities to help raise awareness of how engineers make the world a healthier, safer place.

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Nominate STEM Teachers for Presidential Award

presidential awardsNominate an outstanding mathematics, science, or computer science teacher for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Nominations for teachers in grades 7 to 12 are due April 1.

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Program: Einstein Fellowships

einsteinApplications are now open for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator program. Interested educators should use the online application. This fellowship, in its 23rd year, aims to provide teachers voice in Washington D.C. regarding Federal STEM education programs and policies.

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DiscoverE Educator Awards

national engineers week foundationThe DiscoverE Educator Awards from the National Engineers Week Foundation shine a spotlight on the educators who are inspiring tomorrow’s innovation generation. Unique to this program, engineers and engineering students are part of the nomination process. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2011.

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Chemistry Teacher Named Top in Nation

Michelle ShearerWho says science is for nerds? Not the Council of Chief State School Officers, which just named Michelle Shearer, an AP chemistry teacher from Frederick, Md., the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. President Obama will honor her and other state teachers of the year at the White House on May 3.

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Ham It Up and Pack Them In

WinnSan Diego teacher Jonathan Winn has done what some would say is impossible: He’s inspired high school students to get excited about math. His AP calculus class is the most popular course in a school with a large number of low-income students for whom English is not their native language.

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NACME Teacher Grants

NACME Teacher GrantNACME STEM Innovation Grants provide teachers in inner-city communities with funding (up to $1000) for projects that make students aware of opportunities to be found in engineering. The projects are aimed at turning classroom lessons into real-world applications that bring STEM concepts to life.

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Kentucky Weighs Teacher Bonus for Math and Science

Kentucky CapitolA bill pending in the Kentucky legislature would pay extra sums to math and science teachers, including bonuses of up to $7,500 a year to those whose students score well on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. But some teachers have mixed feelings about the proposal.

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Education Tips from a ‘Genius’

Amir Abo-Shaeer at WorkIt doesn’t take a genius — or a lot of money — to attract students to engineering and keep them coming, says Amir Abo-Shaeer, a 2010 MacArthur “genius” Award winner from California. But this energetic engineering teacher has plenty of valuable advice for K-12 STEM educators.

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