STEM Resources (ASTA Newsletter July '16)
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The B~STEM Project focuses on helping young girls and women to engage in business and STEM related disciplines across industries through face-to-face events and programs, as well as online initiatives. Through content, programming, mentoring, and a rich toolset, B~STEM prepares young girls and women for successful careers.
July is Park and Recreation Month
The National Recreation and Park Association is inviting you to discover your super powers at your local parks and recreation. Captain Community, the Green Guardian and the Fit Twins will guide you on your adventure during Park and Recreation Month. The National Park Service website offers free educator resources for integrating park-based research into STEM classes and informal activities.
New Computer Science Education State Reports from Google-Gallup
Google just released new computer science (CS) education reports for 11 U.S. states. These reports are part of a comprehensive multi-year research study with Gallup Inc. and cover the most populous (CA, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NY, OH, PA, TX, and WI). For each state, the reports highlight insights about CS perceptions and challenges to providing CS education for all students, as well as how the state compares to the national average.
NCWIT: 10 Actionable Ways to Actually Increase Diversity in Tech
In this pre-recorded webinar, Dr. Catherine Ashcraft, NCWIT Senior Research Scientist, presents research-ASTA gratefully acknowledges support from the following organizations:
based strategies for increasing diversity. Learn about the benefits diverse teams bring to innovation and startup environments, the role societal biases play in startups and business processes, and strategic and actionable steps that both individuals and companies can take to better recruit and retain a diverse range of employees.
The Bug Chicks
Bug Chicks was created to teach entomology to students all over the world and promote informal science education. Educational tools include videos with accompanying in-class challenges, lesson plans that fit national curricula standards for K-5, teacher tips and tricks, and interactive whiteboard activities.
The Wonder League
The Wonder League, a community of clubs that inspires the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding is giving away Dash & Dot robot sets to 20 NGCP affiliated organizations that sign up. Deadline is July 10, 2016.
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures
The 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program is a world-wide effort that pairs motivated, enthusiastic mentors with smart, STEM-focused high school women and gives them access to innovative programming that will help them develop essential 21st century skills. The program cycle is one full calendar year. Mentor applications will be reviewed June through August of 2016, with selections occurring on a rolling basis until September. The program officially launches in October of 2016. Mentor applications have been extended until July 18, 2016.
Solar Panels Enhance STEM Learning
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers and students are acquiring solar panels for their schools to save on energy bills and to educate students about solar power. Read more about what they're doing in this NSTA Reports article.