STEM News and Opportunities


Purdue University
Purdue University has reported a nearly 31 percent increase in enrollment of first-year women for 2011-12 compared to a year earlier. "Having more women in engineering will enrich the profession," Beth Holloway, director of the Women in Engineering Program, said.

KC STEM Alliance
KC STEM Alliance focuses on STEM K-12 education and programs. "We are definitely breaking ground as it relates to building a diverse, innovative and sustainable STEM workforce within our region," Laura Loyacono, executive director of the group, said.

Eastern Michigan University
A strong alliance of state and national organizations, educators and nonprofit foundations has formed in Michigan to promote the teaching of innovation and problem solving through engineering and biomedical science career path experiences.

American Society for Engineering Education
ASEE is seeking teachers and students for collaborative assistance in producing "short, pithy" entries for its K-8 student blog that highlight the positive potential of engineers and engineering to change the world for the better. Contact Norman Fortenberry for more information.
Around the PLTW Network

Project Lead The Way
Project Lead The WayThis year's Model Schools encompass the best that PLTW programs have to offer today's middle school and high school students.

The Tribune
IndianaThrough funding STEM education programs, EcO15 aims to bolster the local work force and help the southeastern Indiana region compete in a global economy.

Morning Journal News
OhioStudents in Crestview Local Schools are engaged in STEM education during their first year of implementing PLTW programs.

Democrat and Chronicle
New YorkPittsford Central School District Technology Teacher Todd Benz won the University of Rochester's Singer Family Prize for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.

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Classroom Opportunities


TED2012: The Classroom
Upcoming TED conference seeks 10 of the world's best teachers for a special session. Nominations are due Nov. 30.


Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards
The awards promote the innovative use of data-collection technology. Applications are due by Nov. 30.


DiscoverE Educator Awards
Through the National Engineers Week Foundation, the engineering profession shows its appreciation for educators. Apply by Dec. 1.


NIH K-12 LAB Challenge
Enter your best experiments for recognition and an exclusive NIH Challenge badge. Entries accepted through Dec. 1.


Pitsco/Hearlihy/FTEE Grant
Recognizes the integration of a quality engineering program within the school curriculum. Application is due Dec. 1.


YouTube Space Lab 

A worldwide competition that challenges teenagers to create a space experiment. Submit intro video by Dec. 7.


Get Green Video Contest
Students demonstrate in a video how elements of STEM can help green their cities and towns. Enter by Dec. 8.


Battle of the Bricks
New OpportunityThis competition for black and Latino students challenges them to solve real world problems. Online application available through Dec. 9.


Be the Change 

Teams of students design global health projects. Initial proposals are due Dec. 15.


More student competitions 


More funding opportunities 

Quote for the Week
"Specifically, when we are talking to younger students about engineering careers, we emphasize five points. They are that the work is enjoyable, that it's done in a good working environment, that it is work that makes a difference, that it provides a good income and that it offers flexibility. These are important elements for everyone, and really hit home with young women."
Beth Holloway, Director of Women in Engineering Program, Purdue University
Purdue Reports Surge in Women in First-year Engineering