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For many science teachers the integration of technology and engineering into the science curriculum will mean a new way of teaching, new concepts and skills for their students to learn, and new assessments that will measure their students’ progress and their own capabilities as teachers. The source of this concern is a publication by the National Research Council of a new blueprint for science education standards, appropriately titled A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts (NRC 2012). The Framework is currently severing as the blueprint for Next Generation Science Standards, aimed at replacing the current patchwork of state science standards with a common core, as has already been done in mathematics and English language arts. Since these documents raise engineering ...

Techbridge Engaging Girls in STEM in Out-of-School Time
Techbridge engaging girls in stem in out-of-school time
Emily McLeodLinda Kekelis

Figure 11.1 Techbridge Girls Soldering on a Circuit Board

Image courtesy of Techbridge.

What if a new way to harness wind energy was in the mind of a middle school girl in Oakland? If the breakthrough for treating cystic fibrosis was waiting to be developed by a girl in your community, would it happen? If we put more resources into inspiring girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), many more of today's engineers in the United States might be female (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2011).

Techbridge is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that seeks to expand the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM. Through innovative programming, Techbridge ...

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