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We’re closer to a future where we can 3D print anything (Quartz)

We were promised sneakers and dinner at the push of a button, and instead we got tchotchkes.

Apple wants the FBI to reveal how it hacked the San Bernardino killer's iPhone (latimes)

Apple Inc. refused to give the FBI software the agency desperately wanted. Now Apple is the one that needs the FBI's assistance.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF COVESTRO PITTSBURGH REGIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR

FOUR LOCAL STUDENTS ADVANCE TO INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR  

PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2016 More than 1,200 students representing schools throughout the region competed yesterday in Carnegie Science Center’s 77th annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair — one of the oldest and largest science fairs in the nation.  This year’s participation was the highest sinc

Allegheny Conference to Win Science Center's Chairman's Award

DISTINGUISHED AWARD RECOGNIZES CONFERENCE’S POSITIVE IMPACT ON REGION

PITTSBURGH, March 16, 2016 ― Carnegie Science Center today announced that the Allegheny Conference on Community Development will be awarded the 2016 Chairman’s Award at the Carnegie Science Awards ceremony to be held May 6 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

littleBits’ New Product Reflects CEO’s Journey From STEM to STEAM (EdSurge)

LittleBits’ latest product, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Student Set, debuts March 8, and it mirrors CEO Ayah Bdeir’s own personal history: “I wanted to be a designer,” she said, “but my parents said I owed to myself to be an engineer.” She became both.

The non-technical fields that young people should be studying if they want to be innovators (Quartz)

No one disputes that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt built their careers—and fortunes—on their technical know-how. But their successes wouldn’t have occurred if they hadn’t pursued softer subjects like psychology and international relations.

Pitt to launch new student innovation contest (Pittsburgh Business Times)

University of Pittsburgh student entrepreneurs will soon be able to compete for $18,000 in prizes.

Marvel launches new project to encourage teen girls in STEM fields (Polygon)

One girl will land an internship with Marvel Studios. 

Marvel is launching a new program to encourage more teenage girls to explore the possibility of a career in scientific fields.

Pittsburgh’s STEM Programs Prep Students for Industries Eager to Hire Them (Remake Learning)

What do the aerospace, semiconductor, and audio equipment industries have in common? They’re all part of the advanced industries sector, which the Brookings Institution defines as 50 industries characterized by their “deep involvement” with STEM.

The 25 Best Jobs in America: Tech gigs dominate Glassdoor’s annual ranking (GeekWire)

A new survey from Glassdoor finds that 46 percent of respondents are planning to look for a new job in 2016. And if they use the employer data site’s new list of the 25 Best Jobs in America as a guide, they’ll probably be looking in the tech industry.

Obama keeps calling for better STEM students, so how's America doing? (AJC.com)

In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama pushed for an emphasis on "offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one."

Obama pushing for stronger Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students during his State of the Union address isn't new. 

Obama keeps calling for better STEM students, so how's America doing?

HEMPFIELD AREA HIGH SCHOOL WINS AT CHAIN REACTION CONTEST

TEAMS FROM 30 HIGH SCHOOLS HONED ENGINEERING SKILLS, CREATIVITY

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2015 – Hempfield Area High School took top honors in Carnegie Science Center’s Chain Reaction Contraption Contest on Friday, Dec. 11, with its “Humpty Dumpty”-themed contraption. Thirty-five teams from 30 area high schools participated in the engineering competition, which this year challenged teams to “Tell a Story.” 

History made: SpaceX rocket sticks its landing after launching to space (Mashable)

SpaceX just did something amazing.

After helping to launch 11 communications satellites to orbit the spaceflight company managed to bring back the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to Earth, landing it on a pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida as people in mission control and around the world looked on, cheering.

"The Falcon has landed," an announcer on the SpaceX webcast said.

A mechanical engineering rite of passage at MIT (MIT)

Since the 1970s, Department of Mechanical Engineering course 2.007 has introduced undergraduate students to hands-on designing and building.

The Best STEM Toys for Kids This Holiday Season (Time)

These gifts could help kids fall in love with science and math.

A Growing Technology Cluster
A Growing Technology Cluster—Whose Products You Can Touch (ReMake Learning)

One afternoon in 2012, Matt Stewart was in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh watching kids play with puzzle pieces. The pieces were part of an exhibit Stewart helped design to teach the building blocks of coding to children as young as four. He soon noticed one young girl taking charge with some puzzle pieces, and showing her classmates how to use them to solve problems.

10 STEM-Based Activities For Computer Science Education Week (Huffington Post)

While parents and teachers alike will be busy with holiday activities throughout the month of December, they should mark their calendars from December 7-13th for Computer Science Education Week.

Nominate an innovator for the 2016 Carnegie Science Awards!

2016 Category Descriptions

The Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Award recognizes accomplishments in the areas of manufacturing and materials processes which have led to significant business, economic, or societal benefits for the region.

PITTSBURGH STEM ECOSYSTEM LEADERS MEET WITH WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS

Leaders of 27 Networks Nationwide Exchange Strategies for Building Equitable, Real-World STEM Learning Opportunities for Students 

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12, 2015 – Representatives from Carnegie Science Center and the Remake Learning Council were among those who gathered in Washington, D.C., this week representing the newly formed Pittsburgh Regional STEM Ecosystem.

What Are Little Coders Made of? (GeekDad)

Every parent dreams of their children turning into adults with successful careers they love. But how can you tell if your kid has a bright future in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world?