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Virtual missions to space enhance STEM studies

Ariana Fine
September, 2016
In golden light: A photo of Earth, left, taken from the Cupola module on the International Space Station. Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Long Island are perfectly clear from the space station.

Students can step inside an astronaut’s’ boots to experience life and research onboard the international space station with online science courses offered by the Virtual High School, which supplements public school instruction.

Washington state turns to schools to diversify tech

Avi Asher-Schapiro
September, 2016
Egg cartons and Chinese food containers: Comprised of Washington public school teachers, MESA and Washington STEM Engineering Fellows take part in PD activities to bring innovative STEM lessons to students.

The technology sector is one of the least diverse industries in the U.S. Only 25 percent of women participate. Less than 1 percent of computer scientists are people of color.

High school career center creates statewide robotics pipeline

Ritch Ramey
August, 2016
Ritch Ramey is the RAMTEC coordinator at the Tri-Rivers Career Center.

Local companies told the Tri-Rivers Career Center, a voc-tech high school in Ohio, there weren’t enough skilled workers entering the trades, especially manufacturing. So the career center launched the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative to help meet skilled labor needs.

"Meaningful Making:" and other reading picks for district leaders

Ray Bendici
August, 2016
"Meaningful Making" offers project ideas and assessment strategies for educators interested in the maker movement.

Recommended books offer ideas for makerspace activities, insight into online teaching, a behind-the-scenes look at reform and philanthropy, and methods for teaching steam in elementary school.

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