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In Iridescent Family Science courses, families explore and discover science together.
Engaging Families in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Project-Based Learning (Harvard Family Research Project)

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How to Successfully Earn a STEM Associate Degree
How to Successfully Earn a STEM Associate Degree (US News)

Students shouldn't let common myths and misconceptions prevent them from majoring in STEM subjects in community college. 

Careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields are lucrative and growing.

What Would Fred Rogers Think of Today’s “Screens”? (Remake Learning)

Today, Fred Rogers would have celebrated his 87th birthday. The world is very different from what it was in 1968, when “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” first aired and thousands of children tuned in to sing along or watch the trolley chug along to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Where does your food come from?
Where does your food come from? (Hive)

From seasonal restaurant menus and community support agriculture to urban beekeeping and action to combat food deserts, there’s been a renewed interest in food in recent years. Where does our food come from? What it’s made of? How is it prepared? What does it take to get from field to plate?

5 STEM classes every fine arts major should take (USA Today)

If you are majoring in the fine arts, your class schedule likely includes art history courses, as well as studio and theory classes in your specific field. Learning about and creating art is a time-consuming process, and it can be challenging to take other courses that are not specifically required to fulfill your degree.

Rethinking STEM Education: A Bold New Pathway For America’s Future

Washington, DC – Carnegie Science Center is hosting a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss bold new models for STEM education in America. Carnegie Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development in Pittsburgh has become a national leader in STEM education.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER HOSTING ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SUPER PI DAY

WHAT: Super Pi Day WHERE: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue WHEN: Saturday, March 14, also known as 3.14.15, 10 am – 5 pm Come by after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! WHY: Carnegie Science Center will host a celebration of Super Pi Day on 3.1415 (or Saturday, March 14, 2015). The date March 14, 2015 coincides with the first few digits of the irrational number Pi – 3.1415.

AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games (TechCrunch)

A company called Ambit Networks has just launched its own take on wearables aimed at children with the debut of the AmbyGear Smart Watch, now live on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It’s initially available for $99, and will ship later this summer.

2016 Best Graduate Schools Preview: Top 10 Engineering Schools (U.S.News)

Thinking about applying to graduate school? Whether you're interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering, or attending law school or business school, there are some big decisions to make. To help students find the right school for them, U.S. News & World Report surveys nearly 1,900 graduate schools and programs and ranks them according to our methodology. Here, we offer a sneak peek of the 2016 Best Graduate Schools rankings.

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER DEBUTS SOLAR QUEST PLANETARIUM SHOW

SHOW FEATURES REAL IMAGES FROM NASA’S SOLAR DYNAMICS OBSERVATORY PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2015 ― A new planetarium show at Carnegie Science Center whisks viewers into space as it explains the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, our neighborhood star. “Solar Quest” is now open for school groups visiting the Science Center’s digital high-definition Buhl Planetarium, and the show will be available for general admission visitors this spring.

U.S. students improving – slowly – in math and science, but still lagging internationally (PewResearchCenter)

Scientists and the general public have markedly different views on any number of topics, from evolution to climate change to genetically modified foods. But one thing both groups agree on is that science and math education in the U.S. leaves much to be desired.

H2OH! EXHIBIT TO OPEN AT CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER FEB. 28

EXHIBIT EXPLORES WHY OUR RIVERS MATTER

PITTSBURGH, Feb.

Attention, parents: YouTube launches a family-friendly app just for kids (GeekWire)

Parents concerned with their kids watching explicit and inappropriate content on YouTube may want to check out Google’s newest offering today.

Google’s 2015 Science Fair Opens For Submissions Today (TechCrunch)

Google is back with its annual Science Fair, with the fifth consecutive year of the program opening the door for submission today. The event is run in partnership with Lego Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic.

NAA, Click2SciencePD to Develop Afterschool STEM Credential

National Afterschool Association awarded funding from the Noyce Foundation to develop the first-ever afterschool STEM credential.

February 13, 2015—The National Afterschool Association (NAA) has been awarded funding from the Noyce Foundation to develop the first-ever afterschool STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) credential.

NAA, Click2SciencePD to Develop Afterschool STEM Credential (National Afterschool Association)

The National Afterschool Association (NAA) has been awarded funding from the Noyce Foundation to develop the first-ever afterschool STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) credential.

Teaching the Value of Science (Educational Leadership)

Authors present four ways to reveal the significance of STEM lessons to students. Connecting STEM topics to long-term goals assists students in understanding eventual benefits. To facilitate this process, educators must understand how students self-identify and explain cost value of STEM skills. ASCD.

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2015 CARNEGIE SCIENCE AWARDS RECOGNIZE LEADERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND EDUCATION

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 29, 2015 Today, Carnegie Science Center announced the winners of its 2015 Carnegie Science Awards, presented by Eaton, at its annual Announcement Reception.

Plausible deflatability: The science of deflategate (Mashable)

News reports say that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were deflated, showing about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) less pressure than the 13 psi required by the rules, so it seems that the most bizarre sports scandal of recent memory is real.

Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator turns PDFs into e-textbooks (Mashable)

Amazon on Thursday released a tool meant to help educators and writers publish e-textbooks.