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There was little or no break for STEM teachers and some students in many places this summer. Here's a sample of summer STEM initiatives in the local news:

LaGuardia Community College in New York City was host to 65 high school students who participated in the Youth Center for Engineering Excellence. The program serves low-income minority students to interest them in pursuing careers in engineering and science. The focus is on hands-on experiences and participants create such inventions as recycling robots and solar-powered boats. [More--The New York Daily News] (August 11)

At the University of Illinois at Urbana, middle and high school teachers from around the state learned about nanotechnology. The emphasis is on them bringing hands-on experiences with the science genre into their classrooms, for which the University's Center for Nanoscale Chemical Electrical Manufacturing Systems offers them loans of staging devices and micromanipulators. [More--The Urbana/Champaign (IL) News-Gazette] (August 3)

The NASA Summer of Innovation landed in Chicago this summer to offer middle school students from the city's South Side and south suburbs learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in two-and four-week enrichment camps. By August 1, the camps served more than 1,000 students and were expected to reach double that number by summer's end. Community partners that fueled the effort included the University of Illinois-Chicago, the city's Boys and Girls Clubs, and several other community organizations and churches. [More--The Chicago Sun-Times (July 31) In South Carolina, a group of Carver Junior High School students from District 7 participated in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Summer STEM Quest Institute, which is boosting student interest in the STEM career fields. The experience was the kick-off of a year-long collaboration between the school and West Point as well as with NASA and Clemson University as the junior high school transitions to a STEM program focus as part of a restructuring plan for all District 7 schools. [More--The Spartanburg (SC) Herald Journal] (July 30)

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Title Annotation:Innovations in the News; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs
Publication:The Education Innovator
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 27, 2010
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