Exciting things are always happening in the STEM world! Click on the news stories listed below to learn more.

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.



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.


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 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?

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart (The Atlantic)

But praising their intelligence can make them feel even more insecure. A self-esteem expert offers a way out of the conundrum.        


“MAGIC WORDS” offer discount, important message.

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 3, 2014 – Parents and educators may already know how important math and science are to students’ future careers. But “math” and “science” are also part of an important phrase that can help families save on admission to Carnegie Science Center during SciTech Days.

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character (HuffPost)

Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks. In the next decade, President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that there will be one million technical job openings in the United States.

Chevron to partner in $20 million regional STEM initiative (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Chevron Corp. today said $20 million will be poured into a new initiative to improve education and technical training for the region’s workforce.

The Appalachia Partnership Initiative will focus on boosting skills in the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math to better prepare students for jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Lt. Governor and Acting Secretary of Education Kick Off Governor’s Jobs1st STEM Competition: Building a Stronger Pennsylvania; Open to Students in Grades 9-12

Lancaster – Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq today visited Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster to kick off the statewide Governor’s Jobs1st STEM Competition: Building a Stronger Pennsylvania.

Nurturing STEM Learning with Water, Sunlight, and Soil (Remake Learning)

In school gardens, educators are finding the ultimate STEM experience is sometimes grown from good old dirt and earthworms.

Facebook, Box and Pinterest want to mentor young women in tech (engadget)

You won't see as many women as there are men when you walk down the halls of tech company HQs -- not even eBay's, which has one of the most diverse workplaces in the industry.

Local Schools Embark on Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Process for Assessing and Continuously Improving STEM Education

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 9, 2014 —Teachers and administrators representing 13 school districts across the region met on Tuesday, Oct.

Carnegie Science Center Announces Results of STEM Education Study

Research Illuminates Region's Attitudes, Perceptions about STEM Education

Catalyst Connection helps teachers prepare kids for plentiful manufacturing jobs (Kidsburgh News)

Why should local manufacturing companies have so many empty hiring spots for good-paying jobs, and how can teachers prepare and encourage kids to snag them?