A “Heads Up” for U.S. Employers of STEM Optional Practical Training Workers: ICE Starts Conducting On-Site Inspections for STEM OPT Employment (JD Supra)

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The STEM OPT program allows foreign students who have graduated from a U.S. STEM-degree program to gain paid, on-the-job “Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) that supplements and directly relates to the knowledge and skills gained in their academic studies. In order to engage in post-graduation practical training, foreign students must select an appropriate STEM employer who agrees to provide them with …


Nevada launches new license plate to support STEM education (statescoop)

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Nevadans with a special interest in advancing STEM education have a new way to support the cause. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles released a new specialized license plate on Tuesday the proceeds of which will go toward supporting nonprofit organizations that attempt to interest and train more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new plate features a …


Tuesday — October 1, 2019 STEMdaily

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If the first STEMdaily of October 2019, the United States Mint will memorialize teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe with a silver dollar coin, EdSurge profiles how the REC Foundation has increased girls participating in VEX Robotics through its Girl Powered program, Achieve releases a framework to evaluate cognitive complexity in science assignments, MIND Research Institute’s ST Math program to be …


U.S. Department of Education awards $123M in grants promoting STEM innovation (Education Dive)

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The U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Friday announced $123 million in new grant funds distributed to 41 school districts, nonprofits and state educational agencies, according to a U.S. Department of Education press release. Awarded states received anywhere between $1.4 and $8.6 million to fund innovative programs meant to improve academic achievement for high-need students. Of the grant money, $30 million …


Monday — September 30, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, the U.S. Department of Education announces $123M in new grant funds to support STEM and computer science education, Samsung launches the 10th year of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest in Capitol Hill event, Kendrick Castillo Memorial FIRST Robotics Tournament honors the school shooting victim, and the University of Kansas plans to cut its STEM Teaching Center …


How Do We Get More Girls Into STEM? Build Confidence (and Robots) (EdSurge)

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Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce today but hold only a quarter of the science and engineering jobs. With careers of the future heavily concentrated in STEM fields, it’s unacceptable for women to be left out of the space. Not only do employers need to have the largest possible pool of qualified STEM workers to succeed, business …


The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Application is now open (Society4Science)

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The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Application is now open! Deadline: November 13, 2019 at 8pm Eastern Time The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competition for high school seniors, providing an important forum for original research that is recognized and reviewed by a national jury of professional scientists. Alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and …


Friday — September 27, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Walmart is expanding its Live Better U tuition benefit that offers its 1.5M employees access to online programs with partner universities for $1-a-day degrees and career diplomas in health-related fields, tech industry group Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) pens letter to Congress about facial recognition software, the U.S. Air Force gives 4-H a $150K grant to expand participation …


Who can make sense of the U.S.’s 738,000 credentials? (edscoop)

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A recent study found there are more than 738,000 unique postsecondary and secondary credential opportunities in the United States. But this massive credential landscape proves difficult for employers and students to navigate without reliable data on programs’ relevance or a standard way to map them onto various career paths. According to the report, written by Credential Engine, a nonprofit group for raising …


Thursday — September 26, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, we cover 2 exciting announcements about STEMconnector’s National Day of Design in 2019, including our new mission sponsored by Walmart called Health Helpers, and the expansion of U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning’s Storm Sanctuary Mission to Cedar Rapids and Chicago schools! Plus more STEM news on the Mattel’s new STEM Barbie dolls, how students in Tennessee are …


Teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe to be honored by the United States Mint with silver dollar coin (CNN)

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The United States Mint is to memorialize Christa McAuliffe, the teacher and astronaut who died in the Challenger disaster in 1986, with a commemorative silver dollar coin. The 37-year-old social studies teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, was chosen for NASA’s “Teacher in Space” program, and was one of the seven crew members aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded. …


Wednesday September 25, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, Connecticut joins Million Women Mentors and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz is named the Connecticut Honorary Chair for MWM-CT, applications are now open for the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, Young Sheldon and Chuck Lorre Family Foundation to match donations on DonorsChoose.org to support STEM projects, Virginia Tech ranked the #1 online cybersecurity degree program, and why Western Governors …


Why Western Governors U thinks microcredentials are the path to degrees (Education Dive)

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Projections that the pool of traditional students will shrink, wariness of continued tuition increases and limited growth in state support for higher education are prompting institutions to shake things up. In many cases, that means making themselves available throughout learners’ lives as their education needs change. Doing so requires strengthening connections with local employers. Already, colleges and businesses are coming …


‘Young Sheldon’ & Chuck Lorre Foundation Support Teachers, STEM Projects (Deadline)

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CBS’ Young Sheldon and the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation are partnering with DonorsChoose.org with a $200,000 matching gift to support middle school applied science projects. The foundation is continuing its support of public school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education by doubling all donations made on the DonorsChoose.org site for school projects tagged with the Young Sheldon logo (Season 3 of the series premieres Thursday). To date, teachers …


Walmart Adds Healthcare to Live Better U’s College Offering as the Retailer’s Health & Wellness Strategy Evolves (Walmart)

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Walmart knows a well-trained and engaged workforce is critical to winning in the future. To prepare its associates for the next generation of healthcare jobs, Walmart is adding education benefit programs that provide a clear path to higher pay jobs in a growing area of the company and in the economy. Beginning today, Walmart’s 1.5 million associates in the U.S. …


National 4‑H Council and the United States Air Force Team Up to Deliver STEM Education (4-H)

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National 4‑H Council today announced a $150,000 grant from the United States Air Force to expose more young people to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Through this partnership, communities in Colorado, Missouri, and Utah will receive free curriculum to implement 4‑H National Youth Science Day (4‑H NYSD), which is 4‑H’s signature STEM program that engages over 250,000 youth …


Tuesday — September 24, 2019 STEMdaily

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In today’s STEMdaily, activist Greta Thunberg delivers powerful message for world leaders at the U.N. Climate Session, Davenport University gets $4M cybersecurity grant from NSF, Monterey Bay Aquarium opens new Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, LSU to use $1M grant to bring computer science courses to Baton Rouge middle and high school students, and NPR’s 1A explores the …


Dear Students of STEM, I Challenge You to Vote! (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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Fifteen years ago, I voted for the first time in the presidential election of 2004. I remember the energy on campuses to get registered to vote and to exercise that right. Rock the Vote even did an event on my campus that brought together students with different political views and provided information about registration and how to vote. And apparently during that …


‘This Is All Wrong,’ Greta Thunberg Tells World Leaders At U.N. Climate Session (NPR)

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Greta Thunberg has a message for world leaders at the United Nations this week: “We’ll be watching you.” Speaking at the Climate Action Summit in New York, Thunberg added, “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean.” But instead, Thunberg, 16, is trying to convince politicians …


BHEF Awarded $1 Million Grant from the National Science Foundation to Pioneer Affordable Reskilling Pathways (BHEF)

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The Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), in partnership with Business Roundtable and the Greater Washington Partnership’s Capital CoLAB, has received a nine month, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create partnerships that will lead to an increase in reskilling and upskilling pathways for STEM professionals. The grant, which was awarded by the NSF’s Convergence Accelerator project, will …