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Do open source competitions really impact the movement?

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Sunglass, a platform for collaborating on 3D projects in real time, and DIYRockets, a global space company helping humanity establish a civilazation in space by building an open space frontier, are partnering in an effort to build rocket engines. » Read more

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Representing women in STEAM and open source

academia is evolutionary

The latest talk in education circles is moving from a STEM-based method of teaching (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to a STEAM-based one (science, technology, art, and mathematics). This involves using an inquiry-based approach or a project-based approach to learning through the immersion in the arts. How this helps open source and women in particular is a bone of contention for some. One would think that a focus on art would help propel female art students into pioneering territory with a focus on STEAM, however, the results seem mixed for women. » Read more

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RIT STEM video game challenge hackathon

RIT STEM video game challenge hackathon

This post originally appeared on the Joan Ganz Cooney Center Blog. You can follow updates from the Cooney center via facebook, and twitter. » Read more

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Lego could have encouraged STEM education for girls--but launched the Friends line instead

FLL World Festival photo by Flickr user bnewendorp

There's been some outrage over the new Lego Friends line, intended to bring more girls into the addictive world of Lego building. Initially, I felt it was a fair extension of the Lego product family. Now I'm concerned about the messages Lego is sending to our future builders and innovators--both boys and girls. » Read more

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Michelle Obama annouces new NSF undertakings to improve work-life balance and STEM careers for women

This afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a White House event about the importance of supporting and retaining women and girls in STEM careers. 

“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone,” said Obama.  “We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).” » Read more

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What is the future of STEM education in the U.S.?

According to recent international comparisons, the US is ranked 35th in math education and 29th in science education worldwide. This downward trend is not a new revelation. Over the past several decades we've seen the quality of public primary and secondary education decline continuously due in no small part to an overall lack of financial and societal support.
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Workforce training and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Yesterday morning, I and others from Red Hat had the great privilege of attending a roundtable with members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, which was hosting a variety of sessions in North Carolina on key issues related to workforce development, entrepreneurship, energy innovation and smart grid, and biotechnology. » Read more

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Games for life: Girl Scouts, games, and the open source way

Two weeks ago, 16 Girl Scouts and their troops' leaders went to RIT for a Scratch-fueled, day-long workshop in game design and development in pursuit of their "Games for Life" interest project. The workshop was the fifth sponsored by RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Women in Computing, and Digital Rochester. » Read more

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STEM education: Live chat at noon with Al Gore, Dean Kamen, Sally Ride, and the Mythbusters

Today at noon (EST), former Vice President Al Gore, inventor Dean Kamen, astronaut Sally Ride, and "Mythbusters" Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will join youth from around the world for a town hall style discussion on math and science, the attitudes youth have about them, and their importance for the future.

CAMM Worldwide (Connect a Million Minds), which is hosting the event, is a philanthropic initiative by Time Warner Cable (one of the largest television cable operators in the US) to solve the problems the US faces in STEM education. They pose the problem:  » Read more

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