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The California STEM Learning Network Releases New STEM Toolkit

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) has recently released a report and supplement toolkit with resources to help advocates built a strong foundation of STEM and science education in schools' L

Paper on Afterschool Outcomes Released

The Noyce Foundation has released their latest paper entitled "Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs" outlining the positive impacts that implementing STEM in after school can have

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Kids Share Their Own Creative Ideas on How to Solve Global Waste Problem

Kids from all over the world submitted their own creative ideas on how they think we should address the global waste problem to a contest facilitated by a Massachusetts-based creative research firm in partnership with the marketing company Latitude. Because current generations are extremely technology-oriented, many of the answers provided by the children reflected brilliant and revolutionary suggestions.

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STEM Mentors Aim to Reverse Low Diversity Trend in Tech Fields

A recent report released by Google reveals starkingly low levels of diversity in tech fields with regards to women and minorities. Specifically, only 17% of the field is represented by women and less than 3% is represented by minority groups.

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STELAR Website Launched

The STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) is proud to announce the release of their new website after transitioning from their old ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC).

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Why Are Girls Not Pursuing Computer Science Degrees

In early education, both girls and boys equally like computer science and later on, they both score equally on the AP computer science exam. However, only 18% of women make up computer science majors and surprisingly, the percentage of women majoring in computer science have actually dropped since the 1980s. To inspire girls to major in computer science, Edudemic suggests that we must change their perceptions by:

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"Science" Joins "Selfie" as 2013 Word of the Year

Although the Oxford University Press declared "selfie" their word of the year, last Tuesday, Merriam-Webster declared "science" their word of the year. Oxford based its finding on the overall average usage of the word but Merriam-Webster based its finding on the number of searches. With recent societal isssues such as enirvnmental regulation and climate change, it seems fitting that searches of "science" increased 176%. 

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U.S. Students Get Stuck in Middle of the Pack on OECD Test

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) release the scores of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). 6,000 15-year-old students with six years of formal schooling were randomly selected to take the test along with 510,000 students around the world. The U.S. scored average in science and reading, ranking at 17th in reading and 21st in science, and scored below average in math, ranking at 26th.

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The Nation's Report Card

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has developed and administered reading and math assessments to over 350,000 students in the fourth and eigth grades in 2013 in schools from each state and the District of Columbia.

To see how students in each state scored or to learn more about the NAEP, click here.  

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STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center

Visit the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center , a product of the partnership between the Education Development Center (EDC) and the EdLab Group,  to focus on the dissemination of ITEST project findings, support NSF ‘s priorities of the ITEST program, and meet the needs of a community of practice. The website will officially launch in 2014.  

To visit or learn more about the STEM Learning and Research Center, click here.

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