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CTEq members talk business on Next Gen Science Standards

August 7, 2014

This week, CTEq hosted its members for an interactive webinar on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the internationally benchmarked science education framework that brings together strong practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas to create student achievement standards for the 21st century.

Tags: Next Generation Science, standards, science

Meet summer's top dog, Sirius!

August 5, 2014

Have you ever wondered where the phrase “dogs days of summer” originated?  It shouldn’t surprise you that there’s a STEM story behind it!

Tags: science

This Day in STEM -- August 4

August 4, 2014

Today marks the 180th birthday of John Venn, creator of one of our favorite ways to represent data: the Venn diagram!  From statistics to logic to computer science, John Venn developed a tool to organize information and examine relationships that we use in and out of STEM fields.

Tags: This Day in STEM, infographic

Is it 2020 yet? We can't wait to meet the new Mars rover!

August 4, 2014

Last week’s announcement of the Mars 2020 Rover still has us amped for the future of exploration on The Red Planet!  Beyond extensive geological research, the mission of the Mars 2020 Rover will also include assessing the habitability of the Martian environment and even actively searching for evidence of ancient life on the planet.

Tags: engineering, science, technology

As long as it's not Common Core! (And other misinformation)

August 1, 2014

Here at CTEq, our newsfeeds are full of stories coming out of states about Common Core.  Namely, we've seen a lot of talk about the "radioactivity" of CCSS and how, no matter what states decide to replace them with, students will be better off.  We know... we're shaking our heads too.

Tags: Common Core, standards, STEM & the states

STEMtistics: STEM facts you can use!

July 29, 2014

As summer blazes on and we move closer to our favorite time of year - back-to-school! - we here at CTEq thought that you, our fellow STEMthusiasts, might need a daily dose of awesome STEM facts to carry you into August.  For that reason, we're serving up some of our favorite STEMtistics every day through next week 

Tags: STEMtistics, STEM degrees, engineering, higher education, STEM & the states, minorities, women & girls, Vital Signs, computer science

STEMworks: How Sweet It Is!

July 22, 2014

Summer’s the perfect time for treats – sundaes, smoothies, and STEMworks.  Yep, you read that right – the best new summer treat is STEMworks’ sweet new look!  The tool has been undergoing a redesign to make it more user-friendly and easier to find what’s best in STEM programs. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new site and encourage you to explore and share.

Tags: STEMworks

This Day in STEM, Moon Landing Edition - July 20th

July 18, 2014

In a moment that captured the attention of the world and changed the course of humanity, the first man stepped on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. This Sunday, we here at CTEq will celebrate the 45th anniversary of that STEM milestone by reliving the Apollo XI mission that brought three astronauts to the moon and returned them safely to Earth as pioneers of manned space exploration.

Tags: This Day in STEM, video

Common Core Round Up: The Debate Doesn’t Take a Holiday

July 16, 2014

Summertime and the livin’ is easy . . . unless you’re talking about Common Core.  Last month, CTEq CEO Linda Rosen discussed the ongoing battles in a number of states in our CTEq NOW newsletter (more here), but that was just the beginning of what state leaders have in store.

Tags: Common Core, STEM & the states, standards, K-12

There Are More STEM Jobs than You Think

July 14, 2014

Brace yourself for the next round in the battle over whether or not there is a STEM skills shortage. The Census Bureau reported on Thursday that almost three out of four people with a bachelor’s degree in STEM take jobs outside of STEM. “Aha!” cry the skeptics: that just goes to show that all those hard-luck cases with degrees in subjects like engineering or computer science have to settle for jobs outside of STEM to put food on the table.

Tags: STEM degrees

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