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September 22, 2014

EDUCATION

Associated Press (September 5, 2014) Missouri S&T begins STEM-focused education program. Fox2Now.com, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://fox2now.com/2014/09/05/missouri-st-begins-stem-focused-education-program/

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is rolling out an elementary school education program that focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The new program begins this fall, and students will gain experience in the Rolla school district. The program will be overseen by Mandy Welch, former principal of Smithville Upper Elementary in Smithville.


Schwartz, Katrina (September 4, 2014) How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven. Mind/Shift, Retrieved September 22, 2014) from:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/09/how-to-turn-your-school-into-a-maker-haven/

An unconventional learning community of “makers” — people who like to figure out and fix problems with their hands — stands ready to demonstrate a hands-on learning style in which students engage problems that matter to them, taking agency and displaying creativity along the way. The Maker Movement is slowly infiltrating schools across the country with the help of dedicated educators and inspirational students proving with their creations that they can do incredible things when given a chance.


RESEARCH

Published Online (Date Unknown) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. U.S. News & World Report, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/engineering

These undergrad engineering programs were ranked solely on peer assessment surveys conducted in spring 2014. To appear on an undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by ABET. These programs are split into two groups: schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a doctorate and schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor's or master's.


Ferenstein, Gregory (September 12, 2014) Intro to Computer Science is now the most popular freshman class at Harvard. Here’s why that matters. Venture Beat, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/12/intro-to-computer-science-is-now-the-most-popular-freshman-class-at-harvard-here-why-that-matters/

The educational aspirations of the nation’s elite students are shifting towards Silicon Valley: Introduction to Computer Science is now the most popular class for Harvard freshman. The Harvard Crimson reports that nearly 12% of first year students enroll in CS 50, making it more popular than the finance-track intro course, Principles of Economics.


CAREER

Russell, Kyle (September 3, 2014) Readyforce Gives Students A Chance To Explore Options Before Picking Their First Jobs. TechCrunch, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/03/readyforce-gives-students-a-chance-to-explore-options-before-picking-their-first-jobs/

Readyforce, a professional network for college students, is launching a new tool aimed at students who have already received job offers but would like to see what else might be out there for them.

Called “Explore Your Options,” the tool lets students submit offers of recommendation and their resume separately from their regular profiles on the site. Companies interested in recruiting students who have gotten offers from top companies like Apple and Google can look through those submissions (except for students who they gave offers to) and try to make a connection before the student’s window closes on the original offer.


Bort, Julie (September 17, 2014) Here’s what you can earn at the 20 top tech companies. Venture Beat, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://venturebeat.com/2014/09/17/heres-what-you-can-earn-at-the-20-top-tech-companies/

We sifted through job-hunting site Glassdoor to find the best-paying jobs listed on that site, at the best tech companies, according to Glassdoor’s ranking of the best places to work.


POLICY

Konz, Antoinette (September 10, 2014) SUNDAY EDITION: New science standards require Ky. Students to think for themselves. WDRB.com, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/26460169/new-science-standards-require-ky-students-to-think-for-themselves

Much like the Common Core Standards in math and language arts – which have been adopted by 43 states -- the science standards describe what students need to know before they complete each grade level.


Coyne, Justine (September 8, 2014) Corbett calls on State Board of Education to review Common Core standards. Pittsburgh Business Times, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/09/08/corbett-calls-on-state-board-of-education.html

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released a statement Monday calling on the State Board of Education to conduct a public review of Pennsylvania's Common Core education standards.


GRANTS

Kaplan, David (September 8, 2014) Growing Virginia Western program gets $800,000 grant. WDBJ7.com, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/growing-virginia-western-program-gets-800000-grant/27939044

Virginia Western Community College is celebrating what it's calling a big deal for the school and the Roanoke Valley. Money from the grant is aimed at bettering the school's program and connecting students to employers.   Right now, employers say there is a skills gap between the technology jobs of the future and their ability to fill them.


Press Release (September 5, 2014) SIUE Awarded $1 Million Grant to Train Math Teachers. SIUE.edu, Retrieved September 22, 2014 from:

http://www.siue.edu/news/archives/ArchivesSEP2014.shtml#SIUEAwarded1MillionGranttoTrainMathTeachers

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. During the next five years, the SIUE Noyce Math Scholars program will graduate and certify 24 secondary mathematics teachers to serve in high-needs rural and urban communities in southwestern Illinois.