- Professional Development
School has started and there has never been a better time to make eCYBERMISSION a part of your classroom! Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the NSTA on behalf of the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP), eCYBERMISSION is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.
Registration is now open for the 2014–2015 program year. Students registered by November 5 will receive a FREE STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive, and pencil. eCYBERMISSION is also giving away mini-grants this year to support teachers and their schools expand their STEM-based community projects in their classrooms. To apply for a mini-grant, teachers need to request an application from Chris Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to October 22 and then submit the application by October 29.
For more information, visit the competition website or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at email@example.com. The deadline for registration is December 17, 2014.
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 award-winning books below, 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.
There’s a paradox in the scientific world, but it may not be the one you’re thinking about.
On Monday, the New York Academy of Sciences announced that even though the global economy is generating a record number of scientists, it still faces a shortage in science professionals.
This is one of the “STEM paradoxes,” that the NYAS identified in a paper called “The Global Stem Paradox” that it released before an audience of about 500 U.N. delegates, scientists, high school students, heads of foundations and corporate philanthropists, many of whom were in New York for the United Nation’s General Assembly.
Read further at Washington Post.
Looking over the diversity data released by major tech companies over the past several months paints a bleak picture of gender equality in the tech industry, as illustrated by this chart from Statista.
Women make up less than 40 percent of the workforce at Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter, and no more than one-fifth of the technical workforce at those companies. Non-technical employees at those companies are usually around 50 percent women, though Apple is an outlier in that regard with women only making up 35 percent of its non-technical workforce.
Register now for the 2015 Tech Challenge: Seismic Engineering in Action, an interactive design contest for children grades 4-12 where participants apply engineering knowledge to solve a real-life problem. Developed by the Tech Museum of Innovation, this challenge is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards as well as Common Core and aims to promote STEM learning. Additionally, the challenge includes team workshops, information clinics, trainings, lessons, and final event days. The 2015 challenge focuses on the state's growing population, asking students to design buildings that would accommodate more people but are earthquake-safe.
For more information, and to apply, click here.