Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM

Getting NYC teens into science

Expanding the minds of teenagers, and their career options, is the goal of the Harlem Children Society. The non-profit places low-income high school students in real working labs all over the city and gives them stipends. It was founded 10 years ago by Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, a molecular geneticist and cancer researcher who works at Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University. By offering internships with pretigious science and medical labls, Dr.

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Science Museum of MN 'Invention Crew' paves way for future engineers

Saint Paul Public Schools is working with the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Saint Paul College to bring a high level engineering program to students at Saint Paul public high schools.  Students, who are interviewed and hired by the Science Museum, become a part of Invention Crew (an ITEST project also known as IDEA).  Using professional equipment, the Invention Crew has designed a device that will help those with mobility impairments get into and out of canoes.

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Awakening the 'tech' in girls' brains

Developed in 2007, COMPUGIRLS is an ITEST project that serves 60 girls in underserved school districts in the Phoenix-metro area.  The girls, who are predominantly Hispanic, Native American and African-American, can begin the program as eighth graders and participate in six distinct courses, meeting four times a week for five weeks. In addition to advancing techno-social skills, they learn to improve their writing, conduct interviews, draft proposals, and research using the Internet, as well as ASU’s online library.

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CT Science Center hosting Cyber-Challenge

The second year of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's Education Foundation's Cyber-Challenge (also known as ITEST Project Opening Doors) places nearly 200 high-school students in teams to answer complex questions on health care, energy conservation, aerospace, and other issues posed by four of Connecticut's leading businesses.  Industry representatives also serve as coaches and judges for the project.

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Celebration showcases Pajaro Valley after-school programs

Hosted by Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the Seeds of Change event was part party, part showcase for programs sponsored by the district and agencies, ranging from the YMCA to city Parks and Community Services.  During this event, which mixed education activities and activities that were purely for fun, featured computer games developed by student participants in a project known locally as Watsonville TEC, but also known as the ITEST project Animando a Estudiantes con Technologia (AET).

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NCSU researchers build 'STEM Teams' for rural areas

Students who grow up in small, rural towns do not have the same exposure to high-tech jobs as their "big city" counterparts and may not be aware of what it takes to be a rocket scientist or video-game programmer, according to N.C. State University.  With an increasing need for workers to fill STEM careers in the United States, educational researchers at N.C. State are finding ways to reach students at a time in their lives when research shows they are most likely to consider careers in STEM fields.

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Helping students reach higher

ITEST project Reach for the Sky brings innovative curricula and activities in STEM disciplines to the White Earth students over a five-week span. This program is particularly beneficial because it makes STEM culturally relevant to local Anishinaabe youth.

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Fabricating the future: 3-D printing molds new K-12 STEM model

Visionaries like Glen Bull, a professor of instructional technology at the University of Virginia's (UVA) Curry School of Education, are using 3-D printing systems to change the way teachers present science concepts and, in turn, how students learn and retain the material.  In a lab school, elementary school students and teachers are invited to use engineering design and fabrication to teach and learn science and math concepts.

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FabLab’s interview with WHRV NPR's “With Good Reason” hosted by Sarah McConnell

The FabLab Classroom: Preparing Students for the Next Industrial Revolution in an ITEST project based in Virginia where elementary students and teachers have the opportunity to discover principles of design and fabrication.  Principal investigator Glen Bull interviews with WHRV NPR's “With Good Reason” host Sarah McConnell to talk about this project.

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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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