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Connecticut STEM act to aid tech students

The STEM Education Act (H.R.5031) passed this week in Connecticut's House of Representatives. The bipartisan act expands teacher professional development programs, increases support for computer science education and creates opportunities for STEM learning outside the classroom.

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Princeton University camp provides STEM learning for middle school students

Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Community House STEM Summer Camp, sponsored by Princeton University, aims to get children excited in STEM, including materials science, solar science, biology and chemistry. Community House is a student organization at Princeton University aimed at closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton through outreach projects and programs.

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Texas district audit finds $2.7 million in unneeded technology

More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either unnecessary or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit showed. The district paid for unneeded educational technology and unused software in addition hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual maintenance fees.

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FCC approves $2 billion for broader school Wi-Fi access

The federal program that was created in the 1990s to connect schools to the Internet will now spend an additional $2 billion during the next two years to make those connections wireless. The extra money will mainly come from efficiencies within the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program.

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California county seeking $114 million bond for technology upgrades

Stockton Unified will ask voters to approve a $114 million bond measure in the November election. The money can be used only for technology upgrades, such as computers, Internet connections and servers.

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4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

A Pennsylvania charter school is incubating startups

Philadelphia’s String Theory Schools has launched a new kind of incubator, where startups exchange their expertise and mentorship for free office space and access to state-of-the-art facilities. In addition to its first tenant, PHL Collective, the arts- and science-focused charter school is looking for tech, biotech and life sciences companies to join the incubator.

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Oregon district to implement new math materials using technology

Faced with a need to update high school math materials, Hillsboro School District is looking to buy lightweight mobile computers to replace textbooks by 2015. Several teachers partook in a six-week pilot study to determine how well students in six of their classrooms responded to the technology.

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Massachusetts school to test high-tech gunshot detection system

A Methuen school may soon become the first in Massachusetts to have a gunshot detection system installed. The high-tech system sends an alert to local police the moment a gunshot is fired, so authorities are aware of a crisis more quickly than they would with only a 911 call.

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Oklahoma tech high school gains access to aeronautics college

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed a deal with Red River Technology Center in Duncan. The agreement allows students from the high school technology campus to enter Spartan College in Tulsa with up to six months of credits toward an avionics maintenance degree.

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