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Phone: 610-593-8038 Fax: 610-593-7283
Email: NAPE@napequity.org
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May 2010

STEM EQUITY PIPELINE NEWS

Save the Date!

The next webinar is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. ET and will feature Lise Eliot, Ph.D., author of Pink Brain, Blue Brain, How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps--and What We Can Do About It.

Dr. Eliot will present the latest science related to female brain development, including the role of genes, hormones, and environmental influences, and how social factors are proving to be far more powerful than previously realized. She will offer concrete ways that educators can help females and rein in harmful stereotypes. As a parent of two sons and one daughter, she understands the difficulty of confronting gender expectations and the value of doing so. Dr. Eliot received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and is an associate professor of neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

(please register for this webinar before the event is supposed to start - once you register, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to the webinar)

MN STEM Equity Pipeline and MN New Look Newsletter

The Minnesota State Team has shared its April 2010 issue of its newsletter. Read about St. Paul's Career Pathways Academy and articles about an all-female car building team, the demand for surgical techs, and why money is missing to support women in high-tech leadership positions.
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ARTICLES

The 10 Best-Paying College Majors

(Chriss Morran, The Consumerist)
A new study lists the 10 college majors that will net the most income right away. Seven of the top spots are taken up by engineering gigs, with economics, physics and computer science filling the three remaining slots. Of the 10 majors listed, Chemical Engineering has the biggest immediate payoff, with a starting median salary of $65,700/year. But it's Aerospace Engineering that pays off better in the long run, with a median mid-career salary of $109K/year.
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National Lab Day Part of Larger Movement for Hands-On Learning

(Erik Robelen, Education Week, summary from 5/13/10 ACTE Career Tech Update)
Education Week reported on National Lab Day, a public-private initiative (but not a one-day event, despite the name) launched this school year to bring more 'authentic, hands-on, discovery-based lab experiences to students. As the movement for greater STEM learning gains momentum, a number of recent efforts have emerged to address what's seen as a critical component: helping students get access to high-quality laboratory experiences. These efforts range from the advent of National Lab Day to plans to rethink and enhance the lab component of Advanced Placement courses as part of an ongoing AP science redesign.
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White House to Host Science Fair

(Kate Phillips, New York Times)
At the National Science Bowl competition, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the White House would host its first science fair to promote careers in math and science. "When you win the N.C.A.A. championship, the winners come to the White House," Mrs. Obama quoted the president as saying. "And we think that budding inventors, scientists and mathematicians should be at the White House, too. So we're going to be excited to host you there. " An official date for the fair has not yet been set.
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National Labs-Now Free with Delivery

At the Department of Energy's National Laboratories, more than 30,000 scientists and engineers perform cutting-edge research with up-to-date facilities and equipment. Most offer some form of educational outreach, including workshops, lectures and tours, and make materials available to teachers nationwide via the Web. Several labs have also hit the road in order to bring free science and engineering education directly to nearby schools.
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Science Needs a Woman's Touch

(Mike Drummond, Investors Digest)
Inventors Digest reports on women in science and engineering, profiling several prominent female educators and professionals, and reporting their views on how to address current disparities.
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New Web-based Science Game for Girls Gets $200,000 Boost

(Sally Kalson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
A Web-based science game being designed to interest more girls in science and gaming technology won $200,000 in the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition. The Carnegie Science Center's Click!Online game will feature a fictional spy agency where girls can solve real-world challenges in environmental protection, "expressive technology" and biomedical science. "Senior agents" will act as online mentors and provide support for the girls in the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed to solve the mysteries.
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PUBLICATIONS

Girls in Science

The authors of Girls in Science engaged in years of working under a grant funded by the National Science Foundation on this all-too-real problem of gender-equitable science teaching. What they found through working with students, teachers, and scientists- the three elements of the Triad community in which their research started-can change the way you teach and level the playing field of science education for girls.
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Educational Attainment in the United States, 2009

(U.S. Census Bureau)
These data tables provide information on degree attainment in the U.S. by age, gender, and race/ethnicity. The tabulations show that among people in the 25-29 age group, 9% of women and 6% of men held either a master`s, professional (such as law or medical), or doctoral degree. This holds true for White, Black, and Hispanic women. Among Asian men and women of this age group, there was no statistical difference.
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RESOURCES

National Lab Day Video Contest

USA Science Festival Kavli Video Contest

NSF "Green Revolution" Video Series features videos of scientists and engineers who are improving the use of clean energy sources, new fuels and other energy-related technologies.

National Weather Association: Sol Hirsch Teacher Grants

NASA's Afterschool Universe, an out-of-school astronomy program for MS children, is accepting applications for a Train-the-Trainer workshop.

HS students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience.

Verizon Thinkfinity is a free educational website that contains 1000s of K-12 educational resources for teachers, parents and students.

The American Association of Physics Teachers Frederick and Florence Bauder Endowment for the Support of Physics Teaching was established to support special activities in the area of physics teaching.

SAVE THE DATE

NGCP June Webcast: The SciGirls Seven: Strategies to Engage Girls in STEM, June 1, 2010, 11:00 am Pacific.

2010 Annual International Society for Technology in Education Conference Denver, CO, June 27-30, 2010

National WomenTech Educators Train-the-Trainer Workshop, Emeryville, CA, June 28-29, 2010

Techbridge Summer Institute to provide curriculum and strategies for engaging girls in STEM, Oakland, CA, August 2-4, 2010.

2010 National Conference for Science and Technology Out-of-School Time Universal City, CA, September 22-24, 2010

USA Science & Engineering Festival: October 10-24, 2010, Washington, DC

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