The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $1.5 million to Mercy College in New York. The college will use the grant to establish the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI).
The Smithsonian Institution is hosting two free online education conferences that will bring scientists together with students and teachers, giving students an opportunity to earn digital badges through the Smithsonian's Quests digital badge program.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
As part of a NASA STEM initiative, gifted students at the Governor's School for Science and Technology in Virginia will have a chance to work directly with researchers at the space agency's Langley Research Center.
More than 50 student teams participated in the 12th-annual MATE international student underwater robotics competition, which challenged students to design and build a remotely operated underwater vehicle that can "deploy scientific instruments and remove biofouling organisms from existing equipment installed on the seafloor, among other tasks.
The National Education Foundation (NEF), a nation nonprofit provider of STEM+ education, has entered a private-public partnership with the State University of New York, TEKSystems, Pearson Education, and Skillsoft to launch Cyberlearning STEM+ Academies in 14 high-poverty school districts during the 2013-2014 school year.
Vernier has partnered with Variable to bring the latter company's iPad-based modular wireless sensor platform, Node, to science classrooms.
To help educators effectively teach a STEM-based curriculum in the classroom, the Sally Ride Science Academy has launched an online professional development training program.
- By Sharleen Nelson
Hagerstown Community College and Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, MD have partnered to launch a new STEMM Technical Middle College.
Alabama State University and Tuskegee University are joint recipients of a National Science Foundation grant to fund a three-year program to teach science, technology, engineering, and math courses and information and communication technology to students in Montgomery Public Schools and Macon County Schools.
Intercultural understanding through digital exchanges, a crash course on games for learning, and using mobile apps to convert students into "citizen scientists" are three of the topics that will make up the latest round of "mini courses" offered through HP's free Catalyst Academy.
- By Dian Schaffhauser