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MA science fair student from Boston wins top award at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF)! 

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Study Emphasizes Importance of Inspiring Students with Excitement of Science

A multi-country survey conducted by personal technology company Lenovo concludes that students in emerging countries like India, Mexico, and Russia, are significantly more likely than students in developed countries to pursue STEM careers.

More Time in Science Class = Greater Science Proficiency

It stands to reason that the more time a student spends learning a subject, the better that student will perform on tests of that subject matter. A recently-released report from the National Center on Time & Learning erases any doubt about it -- where science is concerned, at least.

Study Suggests Real Value in Students' Out-of-School Science Projects

A new study out of the University of Virginia suggests that participating in science fairs and other STEM-focused out-of-school activities influences students' course of study in college.  Recent news has lamented the lack of students pursuing STEM fields in college. The UVA study suggests a reason.

NPR Looks at Shortage of Women in Tech

Finding and retaining women for computer engineering jobs proves challenging for many companies. Morning Edition takes a look at how Silicon Valley is responding.

Tufts Program Aims to Halt Student Attrition from Engineering

Tufts University has an innovative program in place to help ensure that incoming freshmen intent on engineering majors have every shot at success.  The school's Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts (BEST) program equips selected students with a summer of courses and workshops to help ease the transition from high school into the rigors of Tufts' first-year engineering program.  With students nation

Marlborough, MA Students Get a Head Start on Science

Marlborough High School's early-college program, called STEM, integrates project-based learning and problem-solving for real-world applications across all subjects. Marlborough is the first of six school districts in Massachusetts to implement the STEM program. As part of it, juniors and seniors can take up to 16 college credits at Framingham State University.

Seventh Graders Share Science Fair Project Results with American Academy of Pediatricians

How's this for an influential science fair project: Last year, Ohio seventh graders Casey Gittelman and Eleanor Bishop investigated how well children and adults could distinguish candy from medicine. This past October, Gittelman traveled to the American Academy of Pediatrics national conference, held in Boston, to present the results.

Boston's TILT Program Secures I3 Funding

Among the 23 grantees that secured funding through the second round of the US Department of Education's i3 Development Grant program: the Turnaround Using Increased Learning Time (TILT) program of the Boston Public Schools. With i3 funding amounting to nearly $3 million, the program will, "...

Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Open STEM Education Center

As a response to the shortage of teachers qualified to teach STEM subjects, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA has plans to create a center dedicated to STEM education.  “The STEM Education Center at WPI will engage and empower K-12 STEM educators and help them to do the critically important job of fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers who will help solve some o


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