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September 29, 2014

EDUCATION

Biggs, John (September 16, 2014) LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware. TechCrunch, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/16/littlebits-announces-bitlab-an-app-store-for-hardware/

The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a hardware development kit that allows anyone access to LittleBits’ custom magnetic snap-together leads.


Ossola, Alexandra (September 15, 2014) 5 Educational Programs For Learning by Making.   Popular Science, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.popsci.com/article/diy/5-educational-programs-learning-making

These STEM efforts fuse physics and math with the joy of invention—just add glue.

(List of five programs follows.)


RESEARCH

Broman, William (September 15, 2014) New Study Reveals U.S. Students Believe Tablets Are Game Changers in Learning and Student Engagement. STEMblog, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/new-study-reveals-us-students-believe-tablets-are-game-changers-learning-and-student-engagement

Elementary, middle and high school students overwhelmingly believe that tablets will change the way they learn in the future (90 percent) and make learning more fun (89 percent), according to a new study conducted by Harris Poll and released September 8 by Pearson.


Casselman, Ben (September 12, 2014) Women Are Majoring In The Lower-Paying STEM Fields. FiveThirtyEight, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/women-are-majoring-in-the-lower-paying-stem-fields/

Women make up almost exactly half of all recent STEM graduates. But they make up less than a quarter of all graduates in the 20 highest-paying STEM fields, and more than two-thirds of graduates in the 20 lowest-paying majors. (I’m defining STEM here as any majors categorized as engineering, computing, science, math or health. The full data is on GitHub.)


CAREER

Hertzler, Lauren (September 17, 2014) City launches online platform to match STEM professionals with youth. Philadelphia Business Journal, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2014/09/17/city-launches-online-platform-to-match-stem.html

This week, the city launched a new online STEM resource center, which will showcase STEM education programs on its “ asset map,” as well as host a volunteer matching platform for mentors and students. The website isn’t completely finished yet, said Kendrick Davis, director of STEM initiatives for the mayor's office of education. It’s still a work in progress.


Wright, Joshua (September 12, 2014) The Most In-Demand (And Aging) Engineering Jobs. Forbes, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2014/09/12/the-most-in-demand-and-oldest-engineering-jobs/

Not pre-med. Not business. Not computer science. The most popular college major choice for high school seniors surveyed by CareerBuilder—the majority of whom already have a career in mind—is engineering.


POLICY

Medina, Brendyn (September 15, 2014) SD Board of Education sets sights on new science, arts, and technology standards. Black Hills Fox, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.blackhillsfox.com/home/headlines/SD-Board-of-Education-sets-sights-on-new-science-arts-and-technology-standards-275195311.html

New state standards for science, educational technology, and the fine arts may be coming to public schools in the Mt. Rushmore State. The state Board of Education convened in Rapid City to hold the first of four meetings to discuss the proposed changes.


Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons (September 18, 2014) Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training. Manufacturing.Net, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.manufacturing.net/news/2014/09/senators-coons-ayotte-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-boost-manufacturing-training

The Manufacturing Skills Act would create an annual $100 million competitive grant to support initiatives that strengthen the manufacturing workforce and address regional skills challenges.


GRANTS

District of Columbia (September 15, 2014) Metro Brief: Lockheed Martin donates $500,000 for girls STEM education. District Chronicles, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.districtchronicles.com/news/view.php/846521/Metro-Brief-Lockheed-Martin-donates-5000

Girls Inc. National has received a one year, $500,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to strengthen its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for 500 girls ages 9-12.


Coyne, Justine (September 22, 2014) Pitt researchers receive grants to improve 3-D printing process. Pittsburgh Business Times, Retrieved September 29, 2014 from:

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/innovation/2014/09/pitt-researchers-receive-grants-to-improve-3-d.html

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering have been awarded two grants aimed at improving the additive manufacturing process.