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October 6, 2014

EDUCATION

Cornelis, Tommy (September 26, 2014) Pearson Partners With NBC Learn to Provide Video Resources to Classrooms. STEMblog, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/pearson-partners-nbc-learn-provide-video-resources-classrooms

Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, today announced a partnership with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBCUniversal News Group, that will provide students and teachers exclusive access to more than 17,000 premium education videos.


Ngowi, Rodrique (October 1, 2014) App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding. Huffington Post, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/coding-app-kindergarten_n_5913602.html

Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.


RESEARCH

Aboraya, Abraham (September 22, 2014) UCF plans to boost number of tech grads 67% by 2017. Orlando Business Journal, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2014/09/ucf-plans-to-boost-number-of-tech-grads-67-by-2017.html

The University of Central Florida plans to boost its computer-related degrees by 67 percent by the 2017-18 school year.

The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the universities, approved a request to the legislature for $100 million in performance funding for the state universities in the 2015-16 budget year, which would be matched with $200 million in existing State University System dollars.


Chen, Ingfei (September 26, 2014) Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education? Mind/Shift, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/09/can-project-based-learning-close-gaps-in-science-education/

An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.


CAREER

Feintzeig, Rachel (October 1, 2014) Recruiting Tech Talent in High School. The Wall Street Journal, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/recruiting-tech-talent-in-high-school-1412220618

STEAM Ahead, a four-year program, is set to function as a high school within a high school. Students will get coursework in engineering and the arts in addition to staples like social studies. At STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math, the students also will interact with local businesses through internships and mentorships.


Office of the Press Secretary (October 3, 2014) President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators. The White House, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/03/president-obama-honors-nation-s-top-scientists-and-innovators

President Obama today announced a new class of recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony later this year.


POLICY

Cornelis, Tommy (September 24, 2014) Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announces Statewide STEM Female Mentoring Effort. STEMblog, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/lt-gov-kim-reynolds-announces-statewide-stem-female-mentoring-effort

Today, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds was joined by STEMconnector CEO Edie Fraser, Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, Iowa Association of Business and Industry President Mike Ralston, and Jana Rieker, Bankers Trust Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at a news conference in the Iowa Statehouse Rotunda.

Reynolds announced a national public-private model on ways to engage thousands of mentors for young girls and women to actively pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and careers.


Leonard, Wendy (September 17, 2014) Utah senator aims to bring computer coding to every student. Deseret News, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611168/Utah-senator-aims-to-bring-computer-coding-to-every-student.html

Sen. Howard Stephenson is proposing legislation that would make computer coding classes accessible to all students, as early as elementary school in Utah.


GRANTS

Press Office (September 25, 2014) 24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teachers. U.S. Department of Education, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/24-new-teacher-quality-partnership-grants-totaling-more-35-million-awarded-recru

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—to improve student achievement.


Published Online (September 29, 2014) Joe Biden Announces $450 Million In Federal Job-Training Grants. Huffington Post, Retrieved October 6, 2014 from:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/29/joe-biden-job-training-grants_n_5901210.html

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and reducing unemployment.