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July 2013

 
 
 
 
NCTL ENEWS
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Dear STEM Supporters,

In June, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) introduced the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act (ETEA) to strengthen STEM education in schools. Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) have agreed to cosponsor the bill. We strongly support this bipartisan commonsense approach to promoting STEM.

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Ioannis Miaoulis and the NCTL team
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THE NATION


Let's Reauthorize the ESEA

President Obama's blue print for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization calls for attention, funding, and higher standards to improve STEM education. While both parties agree that the U.S. is falling behind in STEM, a bill has not been passed. The NCTL encourages Congress to work toward reauthorization.

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Capitol Hill: Museum of Science Shares NSF-funded Research Capitol Hill: Museum of Science Shares NSF-funded Research

The Museum of Science, Boston recently shared research funded by the National Science Foundation related to STEM education: evidence of how children (photo) using the Museum's Engineering is Elementary® curriculum perform significantly better than a control group on questions about engineering, technology, and science; and experiments in child development from the Museum's Living Laboratory® exploring costs and benefits of direct instruction and exploratory play.

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President Obama Releases Streamlined STEM Budget

President Obama's STEM budget proposal, which increases government-wide funding by 6.7%, while cutting STEM programs by 50%, would save about $180 million that would be strategically reinvested in other STEM activities. But the Museum of Science and groups such as the Association of Science-Technology Centers are concerned that valuable competitive out-of-school STEM grants may be eliminated or cut.

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STATE NEWS


Museum of Science and Community Colleges Help Fill STEM Teacher Pipeline

With National Science Foundation support, the Museum of Science has partnered with Massachusetts community colleges, a four-year college, and state universities to introduce engineering in elementary teacher education. Exemplary lessons from Bridging Engineering, Science, and Technology for Elementary Educators (BEST), a project of Engineering is Elementary®, will be posted at: http://www.eie.org/content/bridging-engineering-science-and-technology-best-elementary-educators.

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PARTNER & OTHER NEWS


Engineering Now... From Cable Cars and Capsules to Pumps and Shelters

The Museum of Science is developing 10 supplemental units bringing engineering into middle schools. Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, Engineering Now addresses STEM topics involving different technologies and engineering challenges. After watching an episode or video from Design Squad Nation, students tackle design challenges and explore engineering careers. The plan is to introduce the first units after pilot testing this fall.

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Lemelson-MIT, Museum of Science Celebrate Inventing at EurekaFest Lemelson-MIT, Museum of Science Celebrate Inventing at EurekaFest

In June, during the 7th annual Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest™ Duck 'N' Hover event at the Boston Museum, high school students from across the country and China competed to design, build, and test a wind-powered device able to hover three stories in the air and carry the most rubber ducks (winners in photo). A partnership between Lemelson-MIT and the Museum, this event capped a multi-day celebration of engineering, invention, and awards honoring established and rising inventors.

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IN THIS ISSUE

THE NATION
- Let's Reauthorize the ESEA
- Museum Shares NSF Research
- Streamlining STEM Budget

STATE NEWS
- Introducing Engineering to Elementary Teachers

PARTNER & OTHER NEWS
- Engineering Now Pilot in Fall!
- - Lemelson-MIT, Museum Celebrate Invention

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