photo 2_zpsd24512a7.jpg The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is committed to developing future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom. We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.

7-12 Math and Science Grants

Teachers: you have nearly one month left to apply for a Toshiba America Foundation 7-12 Math and Science Grant.  Grants average $9,500 - $17,000, and cover math, science/environment, and technology program areas.  From the Toshiba America Foundation website: "The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics, grades K-12.

Cool Resource: The Connectory

Search The Connectory for activities and resources in your community that inspire young people to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

With the intersection between education and technology getting busier with each passing month, what are the top trends that we're likely to see in 2012?  KQED suggests a dozen to keep an eye on, from BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), to game-based learning.
Via mindshift.kqed.org

Scholarships for African Americans Studying STEM

Typically underrepresented in STEM careers, African Americans looking for scholarships to study math, engineering, and the sciences have several options. US News & World Report rounded up a useful list of organizations that make funds available specifically for African Americans studying STEM. Among them: Oracle, Microsoft, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Top 10 Women in Technology, 2011

Opposing Views' 2011 list of top 10 women in technology features Nancy Ectoff, among others. Ectoff, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard University, wrote "Survival of the Prettiest," which details the advantages that conforming to cultural notions of beauty convey. Also in the top 10: Sony Entertainment CEO Amy Pascal, "Science Babe" Dr.

How Can We Get the American Dream Back for Our Kids?

National Math and Science Initiative president and CEO Dr. Mary Ann Rankin writes in today's Huffington Post that the U.S. public school system no longer provides a path to the American dream for our students. Their preparation in math and the sciences, in particular, is insufficient to meet the anticipated demands of the future workforce.

The Surprising Math Aptitude of Pigeons

So much for throwing the term "bird brain" around as an insult. Pigeons are proving that they're no slouch in the intelligence department, especially when it comes to numerical competence.

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