Exciting things are always happening in the STEM world! Click on the news stories listed below to learn more.

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This Is What Your Grocery Store Will Look Like In 2065 (FastCoExist)

A pop-up project in New York City next summer will offer one vision of how the future of bodegas is nothing at all like the present.

Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet (Edudemic)

Do you know what a flipped classroom requires? How about a 1:1 classroom? If you’re a regular reader of Edudemic, then you probably are more than informed about what these terms mean and how they’re implemented in modern classrooms. That’s probably because we started Edudemic many moons ago on the same day Apple launched the iPad.

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Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships (TechCrunch)

Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall semester 2015.


Carnegie Science Center Invites Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders To Explore Urban Agriculture

Pittsburgh, Aug. 29, 2014 – Carnegie Science Center is now accepting registrations for middle-school teams to compete in the 2014-2015 Future City® Competition, a program of DiscoverE.

ASSET STEM Education™ Launches STEM Scholarship Program in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

PITTSBURGH | ASSET STEM Education today announced the launch of a new STEM Scholarship Program in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. ASSET, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education improvement nonprofit, provides educators in all learning environments with effective professional development and hands-on classroom materials.

STEM Classroom Grants (FirstEnergy)

FirstEnergy proudly supports classroom projects and teacher professional-development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play (Wired)

Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s also learning how to code.

Catalyst Connection helps teachers prepare kids for plentiful manufacturing jobs (Kidsburg)

Why should local manufacturing companies have so many empty hiring spots for good-paying jobs, and how can teachers prepare and encourage kids to snag them?

STEM Summit 2014 (Pittsburgh Technology Council)

Bridging the gap between education, innovation, and industry-led solutions! This year’s STEM Summit is designed to allow educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and innovators of all types to come together and learn about real solutions to enhance teacher professional development, encourage student engagement, and provide learning opportunities in traditional and non-traditional environments.

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom (MindShift)

Allowing students to bring their own devices to class can be a cost-effective way to quickly get access to the internet and to the many useful tools those devices carry. But students don’t always get the chance to use their devices, especially in low-income schools.

The Outdoor Classroom: Open Position!

Open Position: Education Program Facilitators (multiple)
Organization: The Outdoor Classroom
Date Opened: 18 November 2013
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

CUSP (Climate and Urban Systems Partnership) is looking for team members to help with staffing in two separate tabling events in September

CUSP (Climate and Urban Systems Partnership) is going to be participating in two separate tabling events in September and is looking for team members to help with staffing; CUSP is rolling out their new climate education tent, a collaborative tabling activity area that both promotes the CUSP mission, but also highlight individual organizations.

Interactive toolkit to guide STEM role models toward success (Afterschool Snack)

Techbridge has recently released a free, online interactive toolkit to help potential role models develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM.  The Role Models Matter Toolkit currently provides 10 mini-lessons for role models to help plan, structure and implement their visit with students.

Most Interesting Makerspaces in America (Maker Faire)

What makes a makerspace interesting? Itʼs not just the size of the shop or the number of active members. Nor is it the selection of tools or having an advanced RFID inventory system. Sure, those pieces count, but itʼs how a makerspace slots into its community — elevating and inspiring the makers — that makes it stand out.

An Interactive Chart Showing Which Jobs STEM Majors Really End Up In

An Interactive Chart Showing Which Jobs STEM Majors Really End Up InExpand

What do students who receive a Bachelors degree in a STEM major end up doing with it? The answer, as this chart shows, is all over the place.

Science Center Video Workshop Explores Science, Literacy


PITTSBURGH, July 16, 2014 — In the span of just a few hours, 12 middle and high school students transformed ideas about scientific topics into videos during Carnegie Science Center’s Digital Video SMASH JAM Workshop this weekend.

Call for Presentations: TRETC 2014 Deadline: Monday, September 15th

Be part of the region’s premier educational technology conference as a presenter at this year’s TRETC gathering.

5 Reasons STEM Jobs Matter Today and Even More Tomorrow (Sharpheels)

Women are – rather unfortunately, and ironically — choosing not to pursue a line of work that can lead to the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs in the world.  I’m talking about careers in STEM, an umbrella term (and acronym) for fields comprised of the following: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Want to Learn to Code? There's a Board Game for That (Mashable)

Raj Sidhu had one of the most coveted design jobs in New York City — and then he left it all to play board games.

Ad of the Day: Verizon Reminds Parents That Girls Aren't Just Pretty but 'Pretty Brilliant' (AdWeek)

It's 2014. We're in a post-feminist society, right? Ha ha. Nope.

That's why campaigns like "Inspire Her Mind," from Verizon, in partnership with Makers, are so important.