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One For All: A Natural Resources Game

Renewable resources are natural resources that naturally replenish themselves, such as fish and trees. Humans can use renewable resources again and again if we manage them properly. But if we don’t give these resources an opportunity to reproduce, we can exhaust them quickly, especially as our demand grows. The tragedy of the commons theory asserts that individuals acting in their own best interest may deplete a shared resource at the expense of the interests of the whole group.

Federal workforce 2014: Hiring millennials and closing the STEM skills gap

The big question facing the federal workforce in 2014 was one that persists year after year: How does government compete with the perk-filled, high-salary private sector for the innovative minds starting their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields?

Innovation Can Come From Anywhere

Innovation can be an overused word, but it’s a hot topic for a reason. The pace of change compels businesses, large and small, to reinvent themselves.

Kopernik to give kids a STEM boost

This winter, grade-school students can explore the moon, the stars, and more lights in the sky and here on Earth.

The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

Listen to women from across the Administration tell the stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They were leaders in building the early foundation of modern programming and unveiled the structure of DNA. Their work inspired environmental movements and led to the discovery of new genes. They broke the sound barrier - and gender barriers along the way. And inspiring more young women to pursue careers in science starts with simply sharing their stories.

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Congressman Alan Lowenthal Secures $56M for California STEM and Youth Education Programs

In an effort to support and prepare our youth for their futures, Congressman Alan Lowenthal, who represents the city of Long Beach and Los Alamitos among others, has helped secure a collective $56 million in funding for the STARBASE and Sunburst Youth Challenge education programs, both of which operate programs at the Joint Forces Training Base (JTFB) in Los Alamitos.

Read further at LBPost.

Do you want to code a snowflake?

In the tutorial, female tech role models including Microsoft engineer Paola Mejia and app developing model Lyndsey Scott talk participants through basic programming concepts.Then the fun begins as new students write code to move Anna and Elsa around and etch patterns onto the ice. The program uses colorful, simplified blocks of code that snap together like virtual lego pieces.

Find out further at Mashable.

New Research Brief Describes Impacts of Expanded Learning Programs

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released the results from a comprehensive review examining the effects of expanded learning time on student academic and nonacademic performance. Researchers found mixed results from their study of 30 after-school and summer programs nationwide. While elementary school students demonstrated a positive effect on literacy and math achievement, middle school students experienced a small negative effect, while students who suffer from some type of learning disability benefited the most from increased learning time.

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Grants Encourage Youth to Address Childhood Hunger

The Sodexo Foundation and Youth Service America (YSA) are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people (ages 5-25) about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants of $400 are available for youth-led service projects to address childhood hunger. Funded projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 17-19, 2015. The application deadline is January 15, 2015.

 Access the application.

Calling All Makers: Announcing the First-Ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge

Here at the White House, planning for the 2014 holiday season is already in full swing! The house is buzzing with activity as preparations for the most festive time of the year are underway.

Once again, President Obama and the First Lady will welcome tens of thousands of visitors from around the country to tour the holiday decorations – and those that can’t make it in person will have the chance to explore the décor online. From Christmas trees and garlands to lights and ornaments, the holidays will be filled with wonder, delight, and excitement.

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