America’s Advanced Industries: New Trends

The Brookings Institution just released a new advanced industries trend report.   Focused on the progress of the nation’s R&D- and STEM-worked intensive advanced sector, the new analysis benchmarks the 50 states and some 250-metros on the nature and diversity of their “advanced industry” output and employment growth over the last two years.  The report details the state of the nation’s high-value economy.  Read more:

Increasing Students’ Access to Opportunities in STEM by Effectively Engaging Families

National PTA released a white paper that focuses on the essential role of family engagement in increasing students’ access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) especially among girls and underrepresented youth.  This paper is part of National PTA’s new STEM + Families initiative.  Read more.

National Grid Energy Saving School Fundraiser Program

National Grid’s Fundraiser Program enables schools to raise funds while teaching he community about energy efficiency and conservation.  Participation is easy and each school keeps 100% of the money collected through the fundraiser.  The program is targeted at grades K-8 but high schools and some youth organizations may also be eligible to participate.  For more information, contact Bonnie Devlin at 1-413-355-0079 or bonnie.a.devlin@lmco.com.  

2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection

The 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, instructional and other staff, and resources — as well as school climate factors, such as student discipline and bullying and harassment — that impact education equity and opportunity for students. The U.S. Department of Education will release additional data highlights on key topics later in 2016.  Read more.

Technology & Engineering Literacy (TEL)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) administered the first-ever nationally representative assessment of technology and engineering literacy in 2014.  Eighth-grade students were presented real-world scenarios involving technology and engineering challenges. Students were asked to respond to questions aimed at assessing their knowledge and skill in understanding technological principles, solving technology and engineering-related problems, and using technology to communicate and collaborate.  Read more.

Physics + Dance + Wheelchair = Art

Alice Sheppard, a celebrated disabilities dancer and choreographer recently demonstrated the connection between physics and engineering, and dance as she performed on a prototype ramp designed and built by students at Olin College of Engineering.  The idea for the ramp came from Sheppard, but the planning, modeling, and manufacturing all took place at the college.  Sheppard plans to take the prototype plan to set designers who can build a finished product that she can travel with for her performances.  Read more.

Nation’s Report Card

The U.S Department of Education released the Nation’s Report Card on April 27, 2016.  Data showed that 12th grade students’ average mathematics score in 2015 was lower than two years before and that a higher percentage of high school seniors failed to reach basic levels.  Read more.

CTE Makeover Challenge

Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. recently announced the Career Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge which is offering high school students the opportunity to design their own makerspace. Ten winning schools will be awarded $200,000 to help with the realization of their ideas. The deadline to submit interest is April 1st.  Read more:

New Computer Science Initiative in Rhode Island – CS4RI

Governor Raimondo announced a new initiative on March 7th to expand computer science learning for all public school students. Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) is a partnership between the Office of Innovation at Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island STEM Center, Rhode Island Department of Education, computer science providers and the business community to bring CS learning opportunities to all Rhode Island schools by Fall 2017.  Read more

Public Review Period for K-12 Computer Science Standards

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) invites teachers, curriculum supervisors, administrators, business leaders and the broad education and business communities to review the K-12 Computer Science (CS) Standards and offer feedback.   The CS standards include computer science learning objectives to guide/inform teachers and administrators in the design and implementation of CS activities integrated into existing curriculum and as stand-alone courses. The CSTA K-12 CS Standards were originally published in 2011 and scheduled for a routine revision in 2015-2016.  The public review period will open on February 16 and will close on March 3, 2016.  Read more