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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.

Cool teen role models teaching STEM skills. Meet the Tech Warriors. (Kidsburgh)

At Woolslair Elementary in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, building robots is a popular after school activity.

On this particular day, students gather around a long, rectangular whiteboard spread across the floor. Some tinker with last minute adjustments to their 4-wheeled bots. Others practice driving, using the remote control to steer and spin the bots around.

Apple launches new privacy-oriented ‘Games for Kids’ section (GeekWire)

Parents concerned that their kids’ iOS games could be tracking their behavior have a new tool to find good content.

THE ELLIS SCHOOL WINS 16TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGH REGIONAL FUTURE CITY COMPETITION

Students Design Systems to feed cities IN the Future

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 17, 2015The Ellis School’s team of middle school students won first place honors in today’s Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition, sponsored by Carnegie Science Center and DiscoverE.

Google releases guide to help schools integrate its technology into classrooms

Google today released what it calls “a guide to activating technology in schools” as part of its education efforts. Intended to assist teachers and IT administrators, Google says the new guide based on what other schools processes provides schools with the following frameworks to bring the web into the classroom.

Chartiers Valley High a finalist for national STEM award (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Chartiers Valley High School is one of three finalists for the Florida Educational Technology Conference STEM Excellence Awards.

“It gives us a lot of affirmation that we are going in the right direction,” said Leslie Fields, coordinator of Chartiers Valley School District initiatives. “It is a nod to a lot of hard work,” she said.

SCIENCE CENTER VIDEO WORKSHOP TO EXPLORE SCIENCE, LITERACY

‘INTERSECTIONS’ WORKSHOP EMPHASIZES TEAMWORK

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 6, 2015 — Local middle and high school students will work together this weekend to transform their ideas about scientific topics into videos – in just a few hours – during Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Video SMASH JAM Workshop. The intensive workshop, held on Saturday, Jan.

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015 (Tech Crunch)

These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in edtech. However, if you thought that was impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. What does 2015 hold for the year in this fast-moving sector?

Make your kid a coder: Robot Turtles board game now available at Nordstrom (geekwire)

Still searching for some gift ideas? Robot Turtles, the “first board game for little programmers,” might be a good gift idea to keep those idle little hands busy.

Developed by Seattle software entrepreneur Dan Shapiro, it is reportedly the “most backed board game in Kickstarter history,” raising $630,000 and shipping 25,000 first editions.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students

Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

FAQs

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials.

 

This Pittsburgh company is bringing computer programming to kids (Video) (TechFlash)

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The team at Digital Dream Labs set out with the goal of creating an educational tool that has the appeal of Super Mario Bros., but requires the thinking of chess.

Do you want to code a snowflake? (Mashable)

Can a girl love programming as much as Frozen? Disney Interactive and Code.org certainly hope so.

New Verizon Video Shows The Joy That STEM Can Bring To Girls (The Mary Sue)

Earlier this year Verizon launched #InspireHerMind, a campaign that focuses on the importance of closing the gender gap in STEM.

What Can Programmers and Writers Learn From One Another? (Mind/Shift)

Proponents of stronger computer science and programming courses in schools generally focus on the usefulness of those skills in today’s world. Some argue that computer programming should be offered instead of a foreign language requirement, while others say it’s crucial to engineering and robotics. Rarely is coding considered a complement to the English curriculum. But what if learning to code could also make students better writers?