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August 11, 2014

EDUCATION

Press Release (July 29, 2014) NYC schools to use video games to teach computer coding. BeBoulder., Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/07/29/nyc-schools-use-video-games-teach-computer-coding

A program designed at the University of Colorado Boulder to teach kids to code using video games is being introduced into New York City public schools as part of an initiative to give every student access to computer science education.


Cornelis, Tommy (July 29, 2014) LEGO compatible robotics for less than the cost of a text book. STEMblog, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/lego-compatible-robotics-less-cost-text-book

Microbric has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest STEM targeted offering, Edison, (www.meetedison.com) in a bid to address the shortage of affordable technology resources in mainstream education.


Cornelis, Tommy (July 30 2014) Teachers Provide Feedback on how to STEMtheGAP in U.S. Education. STEMblog, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/teachers-provide-feedback-how-stemthegap-us-education

The Teacher Challenge is designed to foster dialogue between educators and businesses around the growing concern of uninterested kids and unrealized opportunity around STEM. With the STEMtheGAP™ Teacher Challenge, Dow hopes to encourage increased collaboration and innovation in helping to drive new ideas surrounding STEM education in the United States.


O’Keefe, Sam (July 28, 2014) ClassWallet Is Bringing Classroom Money Management To A School Near You. TechCrunch, Retrieved August 12, 2014 from:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/28/classwallet-is-bringing-classroom-money-management-to-a-school-near-you/

Today, ClassWallet is launching out of private beta to offer up a better way for teachers to collect, manage, track, and even spend discretionary money for the classroom. ClassWallet.com revolutionizes the way teachers get and spend money for their classrooms. Instead of dealing with cash, checks and paper, teachers establish an online account: the ClassWallet. With it, they can collect and manage money, shop for education products and keep track of spending—all on one integrated platform.


RESEARCH

Parr, Chris (July 26, 2014) Universities ahead for technology in education, finds OECD. The Times Higher Education, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/universities-ahead-for-technology-in-education-finds-oecd/2014767.article

The report, published on 21 July, draws on an OECD survey of university graduates working in 38 countries, and finds that 80 per cent of those employed in higher education believe their employer is at least “sometimes” at the forefront of adopting innovations, compared with 70 and 67 per cent for the primary and secondary school sectors respectively.


Rothwell, Jonathan (July 1, 2014) Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills. Brookings, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/job-vacancies-and-stem-skills#/M10420

This report uses a unique database from the labor market information company Burning Glass and other sources to analyze the skill requirements and the advertisement duration time for millions of job openings.


CAREER

Cornelis, Tommy (July 28, 2014) 22 States Committed to Mentoring 140,000 Girls in STEM Skills. STEMblog, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/22-states-committed-mentoring-140000-girls-stem-skills

The 22 states that will announce commitments include: Alaska, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Each mentor will commit to a minimum of 20 hours and the initiative has five suggested mentor pathways.


Cornelis, Tommy (August 12, 2014) International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Ershela Sims the Statewide STEM Leadership. STEMblog, Retrieved August 13, 2014 from:

http://blog.stemconnector.org/international-association-stem-leaders-gives-ershela-sims-statewide-stem-leadership

Dr. Ershela Sims is the Dean of Engineering and Technology and an Engineering Instructor at the NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). As an instructor, she has developed and teaches a variety of engineering courses including, Intro to Mechanical Engineering, Statics, and Biomedical Instrumentation.

In addition, she was a lead developer on a curriculum development project for the NC Department of Public Instruction, where she developed a 4-year curriculum in health & life sciences and biomedical engineering. She also mentors student research projects in Biomechanics as well as other areas of engineering and is the faculty sponsor for multiple engineering clubs including NSBE Jr and NASCAR Ten80.


Desta, Yohana (July 30, 2014) 7 Hot Majors That Didn’t Exist When You Were in College. Mashable, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://mashable.com/2014/07/30/college-majors-millennials/

Thanks to the rise of the unconventional careers such as professional blogger and social media manager, as well as new forms of technology, universities are constantly adding majors to the roster of diploma-worthy degrees.

(Article lists: Seven coolest new majors for the new generation.)


POLICY

Adcox, Seanna (July 29, 2014) SC panel approves compromise on teaching evolution. The State, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/29/3590042/sc-panel-approves-compromise-on.html

A six-member panel voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend the compromise to the full state Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee. Approval from both is needed for any change to education standards.

The compromise essentially defines science and says evolution is a scientific theory. It could end months of disagreement between the boards, which meet again next month, in South Carolina's latest flap over religion and science.


Published Online (August 1, 2014) Tentative agreement reached on SC Common Core. Education Week, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/08/01/tentative-agreement-reached-on-sc-common.html

Common Core standards will be considered by teachers crafting new reading and math benchmarks for South Carolina students, state Education Department officials said Thursday.


GRANTS

Press Release (July 29, 2014) CSU Receives Grant to Study Impact of STEM. SCVnews.com, Retrieved August 11, 2014 from:

http://scvnews.com/2014/07/29/csu-receives-grant-to-study-impact-of-stem/

The California State University has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will fund a study on the impact of service-learning courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.


Kaberline, Erin (July 30, 2014) Local Fort Leonard Wood school receives $300,000 STEM-focused grant. The Rolla Daily News, Retrieved August 12, 2014 from:

http://www.therolladailynews.com/article/20140730/NEWS/140739861/10057/NEWS

Waynesville R-VI School District recently received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority (DoDEA), which will help the school implement the first National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) college readiness program in the state of Missouri.


Grayson, Katharine (July 30, 2014) Online learning venture for teachers lands big contract. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Retrieved August 13, 2014 from:

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/blog/in_private/2014/07/online-learning-venture-for-teachers-lands-big.html

Whitewater Learning, a startup that offers online professional development courses to teachers, has landed a $100,000 contract with a group of Goodhue County school districts.

Whitewater has developed a series of more than 60 online courses — the company calls them “modules” — that teachers can take on their own time and use to meet licensing requirements.