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ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls

The ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls challenges participants (grades 6-8) to build something using computer science and technology to solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes – global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Registration deadline is February 15, 2015. To request a mentor, register by February 1, 2015.

White House Announces Tuition-Free Community College & Tech Training

Last Friday, President Obama unveiled a proposal to offer tuition-free community college to responsible students across America, called "America's College Promise," at Pellissippi Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Obama's proposal would make two years of community college free for students. He argues that the effort would provide students with workforce skills and a free start in obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Campus Kitchen Launch Grant

Apply before February 1 for the Campus Kitchen Launch Grant to be awarded funds to assist with planning for and implementing a Campus Kitchen with the Campus Kitchens Project. The project aims to engage student leaders to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to hunger. Schools which demonstrate hunger and food insecurity issues in the surrounding community will be awarded $5000 in order to start a Campus Kitchen chapter and address the root problem.

California Districts To Pilot Next Gen Science Standards Professional Development

A recent article in The Journal outlined, while districts are ramping up to prepare for online assessments based around the Common Core State Standards, some are also preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards. Eight school districts and two charter school organizations in California are participating in an early implementation initiative to begin development of a learning community for K-8.

Achieve Releases Classroom Assessment Tasks

Achieve recently released the Draft Classroom Assessment Tasks using the Next Generation Science Standards. Educators are invited and encouraged feedback on how the tasks can be improved in order to support high quality learning. The Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks incorporates content, practices, and concepts from both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards to highlight the importance of STEM learning in the classroom. There are currently nine available draft middle and high school tasks accessible to educators. 


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.