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2017 EWeek Tribute from the US Crew of the International Space Station

2017 EWeek Tribute from the US Crew of the International Space Station

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We hope you enjoy this video from NASA, the 2017 EWeek Tribute from the US Crew of the International Space Station.

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Engineers’ Council Supports Tech Trek

Engineers’ Council Supports Tech Trek

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Through hands-on problem solving and encounters with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Tech Trek helps girls see their futures while having nonstop fun. Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp backed by research and designed to make STEM exciting and accessible to girls in middle school — the age when research shows girls’ participation in these fields drops. In 2015 and 2016, The Engineers’ Council, in partnership with the AAUW San Fernando Chapter, began sponsoring a place for one middle school girl from the San Fernando Valley to participate in this wonderful experience.

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/stem-education/tech-trek/

Robert L. Crippen, Former Astronaut and Kennedy Space Center Director

Robert L. Crippen, Former Astronaut and Kennedy Space Center Director

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Robert L. Crippen (Captain, USN, retired) was the pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Shuttle Program (STS-1, April 12-14, 1981) and was the commander of three additional shuttle flights: STS-7, June 18-24, 1983; STS-41C, April 6-13, 1984; and STS-41G, October 6-13, 1984.

He served as Deputy Director – Shuttle Operations, Director – Space Shuttle, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, Vice President – Lockheed Martin Information Systems, and President of Thiokol Propulsion.

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His accomplishments have earned him many notable awards: the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award, the American Astronautical Society of Flight Achievement Award, the National Geographic Society’s Gardiner Greene Hubbard Medal and induction into the Aviation Hall of Fame among several others.

On April 6, 2006, he received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the highest award for spaceflight achievement.

Scholars challenge colleges to reform STEM learning

Scholars challenge colleges to reform STEM learning

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America’s colleges and universities need to transform not only how but what they teach in introductory science courses, a group of scholars from Michigan State University argues in Science magazine.

Melanie M. Cooper and colleagues say college students are expected to learn too many facts that do not connect across their coursework or prepare them to apply scientific knowledge in their lives. They believe a different set of strategies taking hold in K-12 schools can be used to improve learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, during the first two years of college.

Continue Reading on www.sciencedaily.com

Low wages not education to blame for STEM skills gap

Low wages not education to blame for STEM skills gap

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Low wages rather than inadequate training are to blame for the STEM skills gap, according to research from the University of Warwick.

A new briefing paper suggests that the lack of workers with skills in science, maths, engineering and technology (STEM) and ‘soft’ communications skills is not due to problems with the education system, but to employers being unwilling to offer higher wages to suitably skilled workers.

The research was conducted by Dr Thijs van Rens associate professor in the Department of Economics.

Continue Reading on www.sciencedaily.com

 

All-Girls FIRST Tech Team Beta Tests New Snapdragon-based Android Platform

All-Girls FIRST Tech Team Beta Tests New Snapdragon-based Android Platform

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Of all the push towards STEM activities among young students, FIRST is likely one of the best programs to succeed in engaging youth in science and engineering. Founded as a nonprofit organization, FIRST not only gives students the opportunity to build and design functional robots for yearly competitions, but every so often gives them the chance to do beta testing on real products. Most recently the all-girls team Parity Bits from Lexington High School was selected to beta test a new Java-based Android platform for the FIRST Technical Challenge, or FTC.

Continue Reading on www.huffingtonpost.com

Student wins $100,000 Siemens prize for pandemic flu research project

Student wins $100,000 Siemens prize for pandemic flu research project

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High-school senior Eric Chen of Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, Calif., won the individual category for his discovery of powerful influenza enzyme inhibitors, which could be used to develop anti-flu drugs. Priyanka Wadgaonkar, Zainab Mahmood and JiaWen Pei from George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., shared the $100,000 prize in the group category for their work on ozone resistance in plants.

“These students represent the future of our competitive global workforce and will propel our nation toward continued economic growth and success,” David Etzwiler, chief executive officer of the Siemens Foundation, said in a statement.

To read more go to nbcnews.com

F-1 rocket engine to be moved

F-1 rocket engine to be moved

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It took 2 ½ minutes for the world’s mightiest single rocket engine to launch each Apollo mission toward the moon.

It may now take more than 30 minutes to move the 18,400-pound F-1 behemoth on a 3.3-mile crawl Wednesday evening from Canoga Park to Chatsworth.

To read more go to www.dailynews.com

White House to reorganize STEM education programs

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The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.

Read more at http://www.ed.gov/stem.

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