STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development

President Obama highlights success of technology-driven TechBoston Academy

On March 8, President Barak Obama paid a visit to TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Mass., a technology-driven pilot school for grades 6-12 within the Boston Public School System (BPS), to promote the importance of education in today's society and to highlight TechBoston as a model school for student success.  Teachers at TechBoston represent participation in a wide number of ITEST projects, including the Urban Ecology Institute, the CapsULE Project, and Probes and Models Across the Curriculum.

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SRI International, TERC and Girls Inc. partner with AC Transit to inspire high school girls to create greener public transportation solutions

SRI International, Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.), TERC, andAlameda - Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) announced a new, scalable community action project, "Green Riders: Innovative Transportation Systems." This project, which is part of the ITEST InnovaTE3 project, guides girls in developing real-world innovations for their own community and serves as a model for youth development programs that promote youth-led science and engineering projects.

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Lesson in magnetism a big draw

East Hartford, Waterbury, and New Britain High School freshmen are participating in a series of events in a year-long Cyber-Challenge, an ITEST project aimed at amping up students' engagement and achievement in STEM.  Challenges like getting as many paper clips as possible to dangle from a homemade magnet are not only getting students engaged with STEM, they're getting students excited about how STEM works in the real world.

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Pfizer professionals introduce teens to two powerful apps: math and science

Four Pfizer scientists met with students from New Britain High School's (NBHS) 9th grade academy and their math teachers to talk about their education, their career paths, and the ways they use science every day.  The NBHS students were able to meet these real-life scientists through their involvement with Cyber-Challenge, also known as ITEST Project Opening Doors, which is a program designed to increase engagement and achievement in STEM subject areas.

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Connecticut Science Center hosts Cyber-Challenge competition May 21

Nearly 130 teens will gather at the Connecticut Science Center on Dec. 5 for the start of the third year of Cyber-Challenge (also known as ITEST Project Opening Doors), a program that places high school students in teams to answer complex questions posed by four of Connecticut’s leading STEM companies: General Electric, Northeast Utilities, Pfizer, and United Technologies Corp.

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SENSE IT connects students to STEM in the real world

In celebration of the 2012 theme, Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, EE Week is highlighting five organizations from around the country that are connecting STEM to the environment in unique and creative ways.  One of these projects is ITEST's own SENSE IT, highlighted for its flexible instructional modules that can be used in many educational contexts and for a range of youth.

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Growing, from berries to tech

Launched in 2007 by ETR Associates, a Scotts Valley-based nonprofit focused on health, education and social service issues, Watsonville TEC (also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia) has grown from a small program serving middle school girls (known as the ITEST Girl Game Company) to include video game programming classes for middle school boys, separate computer skills tutorials for fifth graders and for parents, and expanded to more schools.

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TEC program director applauded

The under-representation of Latinos in fields like computer science and engineering troubled Watsonville TEC director Jacob Martinez and led him into a career where he teaches technology to students as early as the fifth grade.  Watsonville TEC (also known as ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia) is an after school program that will be in 14 Watsonville elementary and middle schools this year.

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'Savvy' tech students coming from Watsonville schools

Watsonville High junior Stephanie Barraza won a national award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology in December. Barraza was one of 35 young women selected for the honor from more than 1,110 applicants, and she is just the next in a long line of Watsonville TEC graduates to garner accolades.

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Camp features oldest and newest things

Northeastern Montana middle schoolers have just completed a unique camp that ties the allure of finding dinosaurs to the magic of technology. Guided by teachers who were a part of the ITEST Paleo Exploration Project, young people discovered a triceratops frill, the rib and tooth of a Tyrannosaurus rex, what is possibly a new flowering plant for the Cretaceous period, and the scientific method over the course of two one-week summer camps.

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