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Now that computers abound in classrooms, what's next?  Some think that 3D printers could be the next high-tech classroom tool to transform the way students learn core STEM principles.
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Dozens of Indiana schools are taking part in Project Lead the Way -- an innovative program designed to prepare students for jobs in high-tech engineering.  Currently, more than 130 high school students participate in the program, enhancing their job prospects in a challenging economic climate.
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Here’s an opportunity for you and your colleagues to get the student perspective on the importance of peer-to-peer interactions in science research. The free webinar will take place at 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Nov. 1.

In this talk, Shiv Gaglani will describe the importance of peer-to-peer interactions to science education and research participation. A former participant of high school science competitions, such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Shiv has since devoted much of his time to developing and sharing tools to help younger students get involved and take advantage of the immense opportunities available to them. One such tool is the book Success with Science: The Winners' Guide to High School Research (www.successwithscience.org), which Shiv co-authored with his peers at Harvard -- all of whom also participated in and excelled at high school science competitions. November, 1 5pm pacific.

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The "WOW Initiative," a new Massachusetts-wide campaign to raise awareness among students in the state of the numerous and varied career opportunities in STEM fields, features 15 inaugural honorees.  Among them: Meteorologist Mish Michaels, Red Sox Statistician Bill James, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Researcher Amy Kukulya.  These three, along with a dozen other "WOWsters" -- professionals with interesting careers in STEM fields -- are featured in the colorful poster below. (View PDF)

From NSTA Express, Week of October 31, 2011:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program. The goal of the Einstein Fellowship program is to provide an opportunity for teachers to inform national policy and improve communication between the K–12 STEM education community and national leaders. If selected, Einstein fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC, sharing their expertise as a fellow in one of several government agency offices, such as the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Science Foundation, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or in the office of a member of Congress.

Selection is based on exemplary experience in K–12 STEM teaching; demonstrated leadership in the community; an understanding of national, state, and local education policy; and communication and interpersonal skills. The Triangle Coalition administers the program under the direction of the Department of Energy. The application deadline is January 5, 2012. To learn more about the program and... Read More

In an announcement made at Stanford University last week, Peter Thiel, PayPal founder-turned "creative" philanthropist, described his latest project, called Breakout Labs. According to Fast Company, Breakout Labs "would grant $50,000 to $350,000 in funding to 'entrepreneurial' scientists -- those completely independent of typical research institutions -- for very early projects that may even be pre-proof of concept."  Sounds like just the sort of challenge for which science fair alums are uniquely prepared!

See Thiel's announcement here:

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With the goal of getting young students inspired by and excited about learning STEM subjects, a new project in Arizona, Engineers Serving Education, has the ambitious goal of reaching nearly 10,000 elementary and middle school students over the next year.

The project, spearheaded by Arizona State University, taps the expertise of faculty members from ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.  “By combining the technical expertise and resources of the Schools of Engineering with the educational expertise and resources of the Teachers College, we will make a significant impact on the teachers of tomorrow as well as current teachers who are serving as mentors to our student teachers,” said Nancy Perry, assistant dean of Teachers College. “Ideally those mentor teachers will share the engineering-based learning tools with their colleagues and spread the impact of the project even further.”
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The California State University (CSU) system is looking to graduate more students with majors in STEM disciplines -- a reponse, administrators say, to concerns about the quality of the U.S. labor force.  One aspect of CSU's initiative: a focus on service learning.  "It brings STEM to life in a meaningful way," said Judy Botelho, CSU's director of the Center for Community Engagement.
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Charles Thornton, co-founder of structural engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, worked on such lofty building projects as Yankee Stadium during his professional heyday.  Post-retirement, Thornton turned his considerable energy and attention to another building project of sorts: building a new generation of engineers through mentoring.
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Nice video from Bayer's Science Making Sense program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxVBdYsPfww&feature=channel_video_title

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