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STEM News Roundup: Amazon Launches STEM Store; Cards Against Humanity Offers Scholarship

This week in STEM news, we see people around the U.S. rallying to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in a variety of ways. On Monday, the Iowa STEM council held a successful summit, while CenturyLink Inc. donated $10,000 to support STEM programs in Utah. Creators of the popular party game "Cards Against Humanity" will be supporting STEM scholarships for women and Amazon has opened a new store just for STEM toys. Read on for more information.

 

Hundreds Gather at STEM Summit in Iowa

Over 600 people gathered at the Governor's STEM Advisory Council's STEM Summit in Iowa to discuss the future of access to STEM education.

"Two Cardinal Community School District kindergarten teachers attended the conference. They say they learned about the big picture of STEM education. "The thing that I was made really aware of is that we really need to work hard to get businesses on board with us and community groups and trying to get parents and thinking beyond just our school," said Maria Youngblut, CCSD teacher."

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CenturyLink Donates $10,000 to STEM Education

"CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is presented a $10,000 donation to STEM Utah at halftime of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game on Saturday, March 28 in support of educational programs for K-12 students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Jordan Brady, an eighth-grade student at Kearns Junior High, also received the CenturyLink STEM Excellence Award.

"Two students each month from February through April are being recognized by CenturyLink based on their excellence or significant improvement in science, technology, engineering or math. Additional criteria includes participation in STEM programs. Honored students receive four tickets to a Jazz home game, a personalized jersey and in-game recognition at EnergySolutions Arena."

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Cards Against Humanity Supports Women In STEM

"Cards Against Humanity has formed a full-ride scholarship for women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) called the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship. The scholarship will be funded by sales of Cards Against Humanity’s new “Science Pack,” co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait.

Applicants for the scholarship can apply for the fall 2016 school year.

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Amazon Launches Store for STEM Toys

Amazon.com has a section of its website dedicated specifically to education toys in STEM fields.

“STEM toys encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math,” says Amazon on its new page. “We chose these toys because they have clear goals and encourage kids to learn STEM skill while having fun.” Some featured products include LEGO sets, Roominate systems, modular robotics kits, light circuit kits, LightUp Edison kits, a Solar System planetarium, and remote control machines. On the page, you can filter toys by age (Preschool, 5-7 year, 8-11 years, and 12+ years) or by Amazon’s own editor picks."

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Share your STEM news by emailing editor[at]educationworld.com.

Compiled by Samantha DiMauro, Education World Contributor

4/1/2015

 

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