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NASA Space Place 3-D Gallery

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.

Sally Ride- Deloitte 2014-15 Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM

Sally Ride-Deloitte 2014-15 Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM. With first, second, and third place prizes at $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively, educators developing inventive new ways to promote STEM learning will earn funding for their schools. The deadline to submit entries is October 31, 2014. 

Learn more about applying here.

Team America Rocketry Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2015 Rocketry Challenge, where teams will have a chance to engage in STEM through analyzing math and science concepts by designing, building, and test-flying a model rocket. Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), this challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest, with over 7,000 participants competing each year.

Heads of State and Business Leaders Participate in Launch of the “Global STEM Alliance” at the United Nations

On September 22, 2014 at the United Nations, heads of state, leaders of UN agencies, senior executives of major multinational corporations, and major philanthropists announced the launch of the Global STEM Alliance, a collaboration of governments, companies, schools and NGOs devoted to increasing access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for students worldwide.The Alliance is an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with over 70 governments, companies, NGOs, universities and schools and with participants and organizations in over 50 countr

Etsy’s Trying to Fix Tech’s Women Problem. Why Aren’t You?

Sexism in the technology industry has become such an accepted fact it’s now a punchline, an HBO show, hyperlinked poetry. Discrete incidents are quickly labeled — booth babes, CodeBabes, Titstare, Donglegate — for quick and easy reference and #hashtagging. The tweetstorms and damning blog posts are themselves now eye-rolling clichés: As startup bros are compared to investment bankers and Silicon Valley is likened to the NFL, gender trouble comes as no surprise. Yet each individual flare-up still sparks the same question: What, exactly, is with tech’s woman problem?


Fluke Connect: Student Contest

What is Fluke Connect?

Fluke Connect is the newest and most innovative set of wireless test tools Fluke has created to date. When connected to a smart phone app, Fluke Connect allows maintenance technicians, electricians, and reliability engineers to capture, store, and share data across their entire team without leaving the field. It provides instant access to data and measurements from smart phones to review images, check reports, spot trends, and more, helping teams to get their jobs done better and faster.

Startup Spotlight: Play Works Studio develops games to get girls excited about programming, science

Two years ago at a Startup Weekend Women’s Edition event, former Amazon and Microsoft user experience designer Adriana Moscatelli was inspired to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry. She wanted to create a tool that made learning science and technology skills fun for kids — and especially girls.

That’s exactly what Moscatelli has built with Play Works Studio, a startup backed by the National Science Foundation that develops games to teach programming, math, and science to kids.


Women thrive in China's booming tech scene

The worst kept secret in Silicon Valley is that tech firms have a major gender diversity problem. At company after company, men dominate the top jobs.

In China, things look rather different. CNNMoney spoke with Jane Jie Sun, the chief operating officer of Ctrip, about the role women play in the tech industry. Ctrip is China's largest online travel agency.

Read more here.

Filling the Pipeline With Powerful, Female Role Models

Clearly there is a gender imbalance when it comes to venture capital and entrepreneurship. The tides are changing but not fast enough, as evidenced by a PitchBook study that found the number of companies with at least one female founder is growing, increasing in share of venture capital every year for the last 10 years — from 4% to 13%. 



Ethnic Variation in Gender-STEM Stereotypes and STEM Participation: An Intersectional Approach

Stereotypes associating men and masculine traits with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are ubiquitous, but the relative strength of these stereotypes varies considerably across cultures. The present research applies an intersectional approach to understanding ethnic variation in gender-STEM stereotypes and STEM participation within an American university context. African American college women participated in STEM majors at higher rates than European American college women (Study 1, Study 2, and Study 4).