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Education World STEM News Roundup

This week's Education World STEM News Roundup from Education World places a strong emphasis on girls in STEM.

As the new year kicks off, opinions and efforts focus on the future of STEM education in America, and how young women will need to be a driving force in keeping America competitive on an international level. Schools in Virginia are sticking firm to the fact that women are the future in STEM and are making efforts to reach out to young students and get them engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A new PBS television show premiering in April is also geared toward young women in STEM, starring young scientists who perform interesting and fun science experiments.

Read below for other STEM-related news highlights.

NewsLeader Promotes Women in STEM As Key To Future

School districts in Virginia are focusing their efforts on introducing girls and young women to STEM fields, because women are seen as crucial to the United States' future in a competitive international marketplace. "According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, women hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs in the United States, despite the fact that they make up half of the workforce and nearly 60 percent of college graduates," the article reports. Jenny Groh, the science curriculum supervisor at Augusta County Public Schools, has helped obtain grants for bringing science lab kits and science fairs to elementary schools. These efforts hope to inspire young students, provide mentors and boost participation through engaging events.

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New TV Series "SciGirls" Stars Girl in STEM

A new PBS television series, with support from the National Science Foundation, will be the first television science series designed specifically for girls ages 8 to 12. "Each episode features different girls doing their own science investigations and engineering projects accompanied by two animated characters" the article reports, and "features mentor Kelly Nail working with girls. She is part of another NSF-funded project, Driven to Discover." The show is set to premiere in April 2015.

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Chemistry Teacher Shares How She Convinces Teenagers To Love STEM

Patty Dooley, a chemistry teacher at Bard College in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, explains how she "wow, why and what if"'s her students into studying STEM. The "Wow" factor comes from teaching exactly what science is. Science (1) explains phenomena, (2) analyzes and identifies the make-up of things and how they work, (3) makes new things, and (4) builds the tools to do these three things. "Why?" involves Dooley showing her students that studying STEM will change the way that they think, introducing the concept that there is a "valid explanation for what is seemingly inexplicable." And "What If?" suggests that STEM is the future, and source of hope and understanding of what is left to be discovered.

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2011 Teacher of the Year Finalist To Talk About Adding Art to STEM

Paul Anderson, a 2011 Teacher of the Year finalist and YouTube education aficionado, will speak to St. Stephen Episcopal School in Florida about the benefits of teaching arts alongside science classes. "Anderson's envisioned approach would infuse arts into science-heavy curriculum to create so-called STEAM classes, adding an "A" for arts in STEM," the article reports. Anderson is credited with infused video-game-design concepts into his AP Biology class.

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'The Traveling Type' Names Top 10 Places To Study STEM

A post titled "10 Places to Plant the STEM of Knowledge in Kids" on The Travel Channel's blog discussed the positive effects of traveling at a young age, and highlighted ten destinations that are hot spots for STEM education. The top 10 locations are: Big Island, Hawaii; Boston, Massachusetts; Central New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; Huntsville, Alabama; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Washington D.C. Writer Troy Petenbrink writes, "A visit to one of these destinations will not only give your children some great memories, it may also put them on the path to being the next Bill Gates or Sally Ride."

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Compiled by Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor


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