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April 2011

 
 
 
 
NCTL ENEWS
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Dear STEM Supporters,

President Obama is to be applauded for embracing STEM education. His FY 2012 budget proposes to eliminate the current $180 million United States Department of Education Math and Science Partnerships and instead fund a $206 million Effective Teaching and Learning: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.

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Bravo!
Ioannis Miaoulis and the NCTL team
nctlinfo@mos.org


THE NATION


Engineering Education Act to be Introduced in New Congress

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Olympia Snowe and Representative Paul Tonko are once again taking the lead in introducing the Engineering Education (E2) for Innovation Act to the 112th Congress.  The act would competitively award grants for educational agencies to invest in programs and activities to integrate engineering education into K–12 classrooms. If you would like to support the enactment of this legislation, please contact Patti Curtis, curtisp@mos.org

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NAEP Science & Technological Design Results Released


The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science 2009 results show that less than one-half of students perform at or above the Proficient level in science. The NCTL was key in redesigning the NAEP Science 2009 framework to include technological design. But student performance here is also disappointing. Development of the NAEP Technology & Engineering Literacy Framework in 2014 and the Next Generation Science Standards to include engineering design will help advance K-12 engineering.
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National Grid Grant to Museum of Science Supports STEM

National Grid has formed a new partnership with the Museum of Science to improve education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through support for the development of middle school engineering curricula by the National Center for Technological Literacy® and bringing the Museum's innovative Traveling Programs to more people.

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MASSACHUSETTS


Gateway Symposium Connects the "T&E" in STEM

Fifty representatives from Massachusetts education agencies, teachers, and administrators from 20 Gateway Program districts joined Museum of Science staff to share successes and build community among all the district teams at a March 2011 symposium at the Museum in Boston.

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Second-Grader is 100,000th Bobsled Builder

On February 8, 2011, second grader Tessa Mastrocola, age 8, from the Buker School in Hamilton-Wenham, Massachusetts, became the 100,000th builder of a tiny bobsled in the Museum of Science's Design Challenges program. More than 209,000 visitors have participated in these challenges since 2005.

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PARTNER & OTHER NEWS


McGrathObama NCTL Partner at Stevens Institute receives Presidential Award

The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a 2011 recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. A partner of the NCTL since 2006, CIESE has used NCTL's K-12 curricula, training 2,400 teachers.

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