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littleBits’ New Product Reflects CEO’s Journey From STEM to STEAM (EdSurge)

LittleBits’ latest product, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Student Set, debuts March 8, and it mirrors CEO Ayah Bdeir’s own personal history: “I wanted to be a designer,” she said, “but my parents said I owed to myself to be an engineer.” She became both.

The non-technical fields that young people should be studying if they want to be innovators (Quartz)

No one disputes that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Eric Schmidt built their careers—and fortunes—on their technical know-how. But their successes wouldn’t have occurred if they hadn’t pursued softer subjects like psychology and international relations.

Pitt to launch new student innovation contest (Pittsburgh Business Times)

University of Pittsburgh student entrepreneurs will soon be able to compete for $18,000 in prizes.

Marvel launches new project to encourage teen girls in STEM fields (Polygon)

One girl will land an internship with Marvel Studios. 

Marvel is launching a new program to encourage more teenage girls to explore the possibility of a career in scientific fields.

Pittsburgh’s STEM Programs Prep Students for Industries Eager to Hire Them (Remake Learning)

What do the aerospace, semiconductor, and audio equipment industries have in common? They’re all part of the advanced industries sector, which the Brookings Institution defines as 50 industries characterized by their “deep involvement” with STEM.

The 25 Best Jobs in America: Tech gigs dominate Glassdoor’s annual ranking (GeekWire)

A new survey from Glassdoor finds that 46 percent of respondents are planning to look for a new job in 2016. And if they use the employer data site’s new list of the 25 Best Jobs in America as a guide, they’ll probably be looking in the tech industry.

Obama keeps calling for better STEM students, so how's America doing? (

In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama pushed for an emphasis on "offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one."

Obama pushing for stronger Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students during his State of the Union address isn't new. 

Obama keeps calling for better STEM students, so how's America doing?



PITTSBURGH, Dec. 16, 2015 – Hempfield Area High School took top honors in Carnegie Science Center’s Chain Reaction Contraption Contest on Friday, Dec. 11, with its “Humpty Dumpty”-themed contraption. Thirty-five teams from 30 area high schools participated in the engineering competition, which this year challenged teams to “Tell a Story.” 

History made: SpaceX rocket sticks its landing after launching to space (Mashable)

SpaceX just did something amazing.

After helping to launch 11 communications satellites to orbit the spaceflight company managed to bring back the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket to Earth, landing it on a pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida as people in mission control and around the world looked on, cheering.

"The Falcon has landed," an announcer on the SpaceX webcast said.

A mechanical engineering rite of passage at MIT (MIT)

Since the 1970s, Department of Mechanical Engineering course 2.007 has introduced undergraduate students to hands-on designing and building.

The Best STEM Toys for Kids This Holiday Season (Time)

These gifts could help kids fall in love with science and math.

A Growing Technology Cluster
A Growing Technology Cluster—Whose Products You Can Touch (ReMake Learning)

One afternoon in 2012, Matt Stewart was in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh watching kids play with puzzle pieces. The pieces were part of an exhibit Stewart helped design to teach the building blocks of coding to children as young as four. He soon noticed one young girl taking charge with some puzzle pieces, and showing her classmates how to use them to solve problems.

10 STEM-Based Activities For Computer Science Education Week (Huffington Post)

While parents and teachers alike will be busy with holiday activities throughout the month of December, they should mark their calendars from December 7-13th for Computer Science Education Week.

Nominate an innovator for the 2016 Carnegie Science Awards!

2016 Category Descriptions

The Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Award recognizes accomplishments in the areas of manufacturing and materials processes which have led to significant business, economic, or societal benefits for the region.


Leaders of 27 Networks Nationwide Exchange Strategies for Building Equitable, Real-World STEM Learning Opportunities for Students 

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12, 2015 – Representatives from Carnegie Science Center and the Remake Learning Council were among those who gathered in Washington, D.C., this week representing the newly formed Pittsburgh Regional STEM Ecosystem.

What Are Little Coders Made of? (GeekDad)

Every parent dreams of their children turning into adults with successful careers they love. But how can you tell if your kid has a bright future in one of the fastest-growing industries in the world?

Want to be a NASA astronaut? Here's what you need to do (Mashable)

Starting in December, you can apply to become a NASA astronaut. Starting Dec. 14, the space agency will accept applications for the next class of astronaut candidates — some of whom may be involved in a future Mars mission.

See also: NASA names first commercial crew astronauts, signaling new era of spaceflight

How To Hire Female Engineers (TechCrunch)

“I’m worried about my company becoming too dude-ish,” the founder said. “How do I hire more women engineers?” I gladly took that call. A leader’s job is to build the team with as few blind spots as possible (“diverse by construction”), then guide them to their potential.

The founder who called me worries that in the competitive war for talent his startup might be ignoring, or worse yet, repelling a meaningful set of candidates.

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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery (Mind/Shift)

Sixth-grade students at Lighthouse Community Charter in Oakland, California, eagerly pull laptops off a cart and settle down with a partner to experiment with Turtle Art, a program meant to introduce them to the basics of programming and some math concepts.