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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.


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?

Want to be a NASA astronaut? Here's what you need to do (Mashable)

Starting in December, you can apply to become a NASA astronaut. Starting Dec. 14, the space agency will accept applications for the next class of astronaut candidates — some of whom may be involved in a future Mars mission.

See also: NASA names first commercial crew astronauts, signaling new era of spaceflight

How To Hire Female Engineers (TechCrunch)

“I’m worried about my company becoming too dude-ish,” the founder said. “How do I hire more women engineers?” I gladly took that call. A leader’s job is to build the team with as few blind spots as possible (“diverse by construction”), then guide them to their potential.

The founder who called me worries that in the competitive war for talent his startup might be ignoring, or worse yet, repelling a meaningful set of candidates.

Pittsburgh Regional STEM Ecosystem Initiative---Asset Survey

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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery (Mind/Shift)

Sixth-grade students at Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland, California, eagerly pull laptops off a cart and settle down with a partner to experiment with Turtle Art, a program meant to introduce them to the basics of programming and some math concepts.

This Robot-Run Indoor Farm Can Grow 10 Million Heads Of Lettuce A Year (Fast Co.)

This massive Japanese vegetable factory saves water and energy—along with human labor.

When a sprawling new "vegetable factory" opens near Kyoto, Japan in 2017, it will be the first farm with no farmers. Robots will plant lettuce seeds, transplant them, raise the vegetables, and automatically carry the fully-grown lettuce heads to a packing line, where they can get ready to be sent to local grocery stores.



PITTSBURGH, Sept. 29, 2015 ― Carnegie Science Center is pleased to announce the 10 Allegheny County school districts selected as the 2015-16 cohort for the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway.


Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Recognized for “Leading Edge Business Practice” by Association of Science-Technology Centers

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23, 2015 – Carnegie Science Center has won the 2015 Roy L.

Registration Opens for 2015-16 FUTURE CITY COMPETITION Science Center Invites Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders to Explore Theme of ‘WASTE NOT, WANT NOT’

Pittsburgh, Sept. 18, 2015 – Carnegie Science Center is now accepting registrations for middle-school teams to compete in the 2015-16 Future City® Competition, a program of DiscoverE. Future City is a national, project-based learning experience challenging students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to imagine, design, and build cities of the future.



Pittsburgh, Sept. 24, 2015 – Carnegie Science Center’s Girls Rock Science Weekend, on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, is designed to get girls excited about and engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pursuits.

The PayScale Scholarship: Women in STEM
The PayScale Scholarship: Women in STEM (PayScale)

Are you a woman pursuing a degree to help you become an engineer, mathematician, software developer, researcher or another STEM job? PayScale wants to help you achieve your goals. Apply for our Women in STEM Scholarship by completing the online form below and tell us why you deserve this award.

Report: How Millennials Use Mobile Devices at College Higher ed IT must get ahead of the mobile curve to support more students.
Report: How Millennials Use Mobile Devices at College Higher ed IT must get ahead of the mobile curve to support more students. (EdTech)

A new study on the mobile device habits of college students shows they’re leaving their desktops behind and venturing out into an increasingly mobile landscape — one in which higher ed infrastructure will have to evolve to accommodate.

Should Kindergartners Do Tougher Math? (Remake Learning)

Researchers have found that kindergarten is more academic than it used to be. Today’s kindergarteners spend about 25 percent more time on early literacy than they did in the 1990s, often at the expense of time for play and for subjects like art, music, and social studies.