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Nigerian School's Bio-Digester Takes First in International Science Fair

A Nigerian School, Madonna Model Secondary School, emerged victorious from the recent International Science Fair competition in Brazil.  Thirty-five countries competed in the competition.

How Robust is the STEM Pipeline?

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Executive Director Francis Eberle weighs in on the NSTA blog about the health of the STEM pipeline, pointing out that STEM literacy doesn't end at the high school level: "How we can keep more students engaged in STEM both in high school and especially when they get to college?"

Six-Year High School Prepares Students of Color for Work in STEM

A partnership of the Department of Education, the City University of New York, and IBM, P-TECH is an innovative high school with a mission.  The six-year (grades 9-14) school offers students core subjects with a special focus on STEM.  Graduates receive a high school diploma as well as an Associate's degree in Applied Science.  Underwritten by IBM, the school opened in September with 104 students and

Why Science Majors Change Their Minds

After the inspiring experience of their high school science classes, college students pursuing STEM disciplines seem to be discovering a sober truth in college: This stuff is hard.

Closing the Girl Gap in Science

Interesting New York Times article on women pursuing STEM fields as undergraduates quotes MIT dean of admissions Stuart Schmill: "The real issue is women are falling out of STEM fields all along the pipeline, starting in middle school and high school.  To increase gender balance, it’s all a matter of getting the right story out about science and engineering to young women, that it’s not about

Gender Gap in STEM Disciplines Persists

While 5.8 out of 10 recent college graduates with biology degrees are women, there's a greater gender gap in two of the other largest STEM fields: Engineering and computer science.

What are Americans Studying?

In the 2008-2009 school year, more American students received undergraduate degrees in visual and performing arts than engineering.  Among international students, however, the 2009-2010 school year yielded far more graduates in engineering, physical and life sciences, and math and computer science than in social sciences and fine arts.

Eighth-Grader Takes Java as a Second Language

When 8th grader Chance Williams found himself floundering in Spanish class, his tech-savvy father floated the suggestion that his son be allowed to take Java as a foreign language instead.  The school agreed, and permitted Chance and his dad to organize an independent study course.

Science Professors Test Interactivity in Large STEM Courses

Even veteran educators are putting research into practice and testing the merits of inquiry-based approaches to learning versus lecture-style teaching.  At George Washington University, for example, physics professor William Briscoe -- a professor for 35 years -- took an apprehensive leap into inquiry learning, using small group discussions and hands-on activities to teach his introductory physics cla

STEM Projects Vying for Piece of $150 Million "I3" Pie

More than 160 STEM-related proposals -- adding up to $737 million in requested funding -- are in the running to claim a slice of the $150 million in federal aid available through second round of the Investing in Innovation ("I3") program.  The first round of funding resulted in 49 I3 grants divvying up $650 million.


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