Narragansett Watershed Counts

Watershed Counts is a collaborative initiative of 60 partners, facilitated by the URI Coastal Institute in its role as Chair of the Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, working together to evaluate the conditions and trends of the land and waters of the Narragansett Bay Region. Watershed Counts indicators consider the region’s interwoven economic and environmental assets. The 2017 Watershed Counts: Climate Change in Narragansett Bay highlights three climate change impacts on the economy, ecology, and coastal communities of Narragansett Bay.  Read more.

NCWIT Applications for 2018 Award Open

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations (AiC) in Computing honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Awards for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. Applications for the Award for AiC are open to those with any level of experience or accomplishment. Recipients receive scholarships, prizes, and more. All teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who encourage high school women’s interest and…

2017-2018 Nature Works Everywhere Grant Now Open

The Nature Conservancy will be awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges.  Grants of $2,000 will be awarded to 60 public or charter schools across the United States.   A Nature Works Everywhere project empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities. Whether addressing issues surrounding access to healthy food, air quality, urban heat island effect, or stormwater collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through design and implementation.  Applications must be submitted online by…

Senators Call Out Phony Science Materials Sent to Teachers Nationwide

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) along with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) , and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to highlight bogus materials sent by the Heartland Institute to more than 300,000 public school science teachers across the country.  The materials which include an 11-minute DVD and 135-page book call into question the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.  The Heartland Institute has a record of disseminating “alternate facts” including challenging the health risks of tobacco in the 1990s.  Read more. A PDF copy of Senator Whitehouse’s letter is available here.

Snapshot Report – Science and Engineering Degree Completion by Gender

From 2006 to 2016, degree completion in the “hard sciences” increased in prevalence for both genders. Excluding social sciences and psychology, the percentage of bachelor’s degrees accounted for by S&E disciplines increased five percentage points for men, and two percentage points for women. Read more.

STEM Starts Early

STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in Early Childhood,” published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America and supported by a National Science Foundation grant reports that children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM vocabularies and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.  Along with their findings, researchers offer several recommendations including engaging parents, supporting teacher professional development, and increasing resources.  Full Report

K-12 Computer Science Framework

The Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative have collaborated with states, districts, and the computer science education community to develop conceptual guidelines for computer science education. The K–12 Computer Science Framework comes at a time when education systems are adapting to a 21st century vision of students who are not just computer users but also computationally literate creators who are proficient in the concepts and practices of computer science. States, districts, and organizations can use the framework to inform the development of standards and curriculum, build capacity for teaching…

ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has released  an updated version of the Standards for Students.  These standards emphasize the skills and qualities  needed to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world.  The standards focus on transformative learning with technology with students as empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators, and global collaborators.  Read more.

Congressional App Challenge

From July 18 through November 2, 2016, students in Rhode Island are invited to design an app for mobile, tablet, or personal computers on a platform of their choice and submit them via the Congressional App Challenge website.  Established in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event open to all students who have not yet graduated high school. The competition encourages students to get involved in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Students are allowed to compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app for the Congressional App…

America’s Advanced Industries: New Trends

The Brookings Institution just released a new advanced industries trend report.   Focused on the progress of the nation’s R&D- and STEM-worked intensive advanced sector, the new analysis benchmarks the 50 states and some 250-metros on the nature and diversity of their “advanced industry” output and employment growth over the last two years.  The report details the state of the nation’s high-value economy.  Read more: