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Earth Day 2021: Improving our planet one ITEST project at a time

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Earth Day is a chance to bring awareness about the state of our planet and how we can improve it. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and inspired 20 million Americans to take to the streets to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts. Since then, over 190 countries have engaged in action to bring long term awareness to focus areas such as

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Celebrating Mathematics

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This week we celebrated a fun mathematical holiday invented by the “Prince of Pi,” physicist and science communicator Larry Shaw. While working at San Francisco’s science museum, the Exploratorium, Shaw made the connection between the mathematical constant (P) and the date in March. The first Pi day was a small celebration, but it grew into an annual public event for the museum. Despite being created in 1988, it wasn’t until 2009 that it was

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STEM CareerBuilder Explores Strategic Government-University-Industry Partnerships Using Technology Enriched Interventions To Support High School Girls

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By Kavita Mittapalli, Ph.D. MN Associates, Inc. (external evaluator) and Joselina Cheng, Ph.D. University of Central Oklahoma, (principal investigator) Computer Forensics ProgramThe need for Computer Forensics (CF) professionals is becoming a national priority due to an increased reliance on technology and tools leading to critical data and security breaches, hacking, and cybercrime that are driving up the complexity and costs to maintain the

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Black History Month

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In 1926 Carter G. Woodson, a historian and the “Father of Black History” created a weeklong celebration referred to as “Negro History Week”, the aim was to make African American history accessible to everyone. It wasn’t until 1976 that Black History month became a month-long celebration across the country.   Black History month is a time of remembrance, a time to honor the enduring accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans. It’s

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MAGNET’s ECEC Project Demonstrates How to Connect Students to STEM Education and Careers and Transform STEM Education-to-Workforce Ecosystem

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By: Nina de las Alas and Kavita Mittapalli, MN Associates, Inc.Ethan Karp, Matthew Fieldman, and Autumn Russell, MAGNETThe Early College Early Career (ECEC) (Award no.1763558) provides insights into how to increase high school students’ interests, motivations, and capacities to pursue STEM learning and careers through an innovative, work-based learning program. The ITEST project (2018-2021) draws on its experience working with partners in

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The Road Ahead: STELAR’s New Resources

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2020 was challenging in every avenue of life. Here at STELAR, we have been creating products and tools to help our ITEST community and beyond make this coming year more positive by offering several new releases that we hope will provide support and offer inspiration for the important work that you are doing! ITEST Proposal Development Course: Launching in February, STELAR’s self-paced online course is designed for novice proposal writers who are

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Broadening Participation: Join the conversation about strengthening the pipeline from service to STEM for Women Veterans

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By Brianna Roche The Women Veterans in STEM project is funded by NSF to leverage strengths and address barriers that women veterans face in pursuing and persisting in STEM careers. The project consists of two phases; first, gather thought leaders to conduct a landscape analysis of the current issues facing women veterans in STEM, and second, hold a convening where solutions and recommendations are generated and ultimately disseminated. This

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Boston College Master’s Program in Learning Engineering is Seeking Applicants

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STELAR is happy to share the following opportunity from our colleagues at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Please share with your networks! M.A in Learning EngineeringInterdisciplinary, experiential, and forward-thinking, the Master of Arts in Learning Engineering program at Boston College prepares students to design engaging learning experiences that are informed by the learning sciences and incorporate cutting

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Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

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Every year since 1990, Americans have celebrated National Native American Heritage month (NNAHM) a time to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of those who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States. The month of November serves as a time to educate ourselves and our community about Indigenous People, raise awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and

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