Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

NASA Opens 2011 School Science Competitions

NASA has opened two national science competitions, one for students in grades 5 through 9 and one for students in high school. Both competitions challenge students to tackle microgravity through hands-on science projects.

YouTube's Space Lab To Blast Teens' Ideas into Space

A consortium of private companies and government space agencies is banding together in a worldwide educational venture being sparked by Google to inspire students to study space.

High School Network Security Contest Signup Deadline Nears

The registration deadline for CyberPatriot IV, a national high school cyber defense competition in which students are given computer threat scenarios and asked to defend their networks from attack, is Saturday, October 8.

Conrad Foundation Sponsors Spirit of Innovation Challenge To Promote STEM Learning

The Conrad Foundation has launched the 2011-2012 Spirit of Innovation Challenge to encourage students to embrace science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning to solve global issues.

Samsung Opens Solve for Tomorrow Video Competition

Samsung has launched its second annual Solve for Tomorrow video competition, part of the company's Hope for Children philanthropic initiative, with more than $1 million in prizes for the winning teachers and students.

National Center Looks To Advance Education Technology

The United States Department of Education and the White House formally kicked off a new national center Friday whose aim is to identify, test, and help bring to market promising education technologies. The National Science Foundation was also on hand to announce first-round funding in a separate but complementary program designed to support the development of new learning technologies.

IT Academy Goes Statewide in Washington

Microsoft IT Academy was launched Wednesday, Sept. 14, for public high schools, skills centers, and tribal schools across Washington. The state Legislature provided $4 million in funding through 2013.

Map Quests

GIS technologies allow students to tackle real-world issues while developing critical thinking skills. And, as the work of the students and teachers in Virginia who participate in James Madison University's Geospatial Semester program seems to indicate, it might just revolutionize project-based learning in K-12 schools.

2012 Science Teacher Grant Program Opens

Applications for the 2012 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award program are now being accepted. Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Vernier Software and Technology, the program awards cash, technology, and travel funds for science teachers who demonstrate innovation in inquiry-based learning activities involving data collection.

Challenge Calls on K-12 Students To Develop Environmental Solutions

The 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is now accepting submissions. The competition calls on students in kindergarten through high school to develop environmental solutions for their schools, homes, and communities for a chance to win prizes for themselves and grants for their schools.