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6 things you need to know about STEM is a CNN news article that highlights some important points about STEM:
1. Kids need to get excited about science early.
2. STEM grads aren't just important for engineering.
3. Fewer women are graduating with computing degrees.
4. Not all STEM jobs are created equal.
5. Foreigners aren't taking Americans' jobs.
6. The U.S. will be increasingly reliant on foreign talent.
Read more at CNN.
This year, science teachers and mentors have been challenged to meet the high expectations of the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The Framework urges us to help learners “[build] progressively more sophisticated explanations of natural phenomena…” while NGSS provides a model for “gathering, describing, and using information about the natural and designed world(s).” In the development of curricula that meet these challenges, literature is an essential partner. “The NGSS are aligned with the CCSS [Common Core State Standards] to ensure a symbiotic pace of learning in all content areas.” So it is not surprising that this year’s list of Outstanding Science Trade Books is both the longest and richest in the program’s 42-year history. In the list of award-winning books for the year of 2014, you’ll find not only traditional science content but engineering and design. We hope you’ll enjoy indulging your spirit of inquiry as you practice science through trade books. Fully annotated reviews of these books will be available in the March 2014 issues of NSTA’s K–12 journals. You will find past years of publication here.
Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male.
What’s it like to be standing on the surface of Mars? What about floating outside a Space Shuttle or walking the surface of a massive asteroid? Well, the Space Place can’t take you to these places, but we’ve got the second best option—3D images of them! Pick up a pair of red-blue 3D glasses and take a look at our latest image gallery. It’s got pictures from all around our solar system and from right here on Earth, too.
Visit the NASA Space Place 3-D Gallery. The Space Place is a NASA educational website about space and Earth sciences and technologies. It targets upper-elementary-aged-children.
SOURCE(S): NASA Space Place 3-D Gallery