A Toast to STEAM (Warwick Beacon)

Stefan Pryor, director of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, raises his glass of Apponaug Brewery stout Tuesday night at the recently opened brew pub at the Pontiac Mills to toast STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Month. It couldn’t have been more fitting, as his audience was all Wavemaker Fellows. Under the program run by Commerce, the Wavemaker Fellowship provides a financial incentive for graduates pursuing a career or starting a business in Rhode Island in technology, engineering, design and other key sectors, by defraying student loan payments for up to four years.

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Meg Geoghegan
‘Education pioneers’: R.I. Ed. Commissioner meets with local PTECH students (Newport Daily News)

Ken Wagner, state education commissioner, sat in on a class comprised of both PTECH and CCRI students on Tuesday morning. His visit came on the heels of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s issuance of a proclamation on Monday related to educational and economical development in the STEAM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The governor and state agency leaders are visiting establishments across the state to tout the programs that will support the growth of STEAM disciplines.

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Raimondo Declares March As 'STEAM Month' (Patch)

Governor Gina Raimondo issued a proclamation Monday declaring March as "STEAM Month" in Rhode Island. The move reinforces the focus on STEAM learning: science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Public events will be held by members of the governor's cabinet on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

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XQ+RI partnership seeks to shape classroom of the future (Warwick Beacon)

Earlier in February, the governor’s office and RIDE announced plans for XQ+RI. It is an unprecedented collaborative partnership between Rhode Island and XQ, an organization that strives to find ways to modernize American education. The partnership will seek to unlock the secrets of how to engage a new generation of high school students and better prepare them for the rapidly changing world.

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GUEST VIEW: State partnership to create better career pathways (Newport Daily News)

Rushie Vilane from the Woonsocket P-TECH program plans to be the first in her family to go to college. Christopher Bove from Middletown High School called the PrepareRI Internship the most rewarding experience of his life. Thanks to her coursework in computer science, Tatyana Frost at The Met wants to be a role model for young women in STEAM.

So what would it look like if every high school student had that kind of story to tell?

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Rhode Island Launches First-of-Its-Kind Statewide High School Design Challenge (Press Release)

Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today a first-of-its-kind partnership with XQ, the nation's leading organization dedicated to reimagining high school education so every student succeeds -- no matter their race, gender, or ZIP code. XQ+RI: Rhode Island's XQ Challenge will engage communities to create student-centered schools that help prepare all young people for the future.

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R.I. to rethink high school instruction in partnership with education nonprofit (ProJo)

Gov. Gina Raimondo is partnering with a highly regarded nonprofit education organization to help Rhode Island public schools reimagine what high school could look like.

Any high school can apply for the grants. Five schools will be selected to receive up to $500,000 each from XQ to redesign their schools. The money can be used to implement the new high school design, which might call for changing the class schedule, using technology in new ways or expanding career and technical opportunities.

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CPS 8th graders get 'Inspired' at JA Fair (Cranston Herald)

“Today is going to be one of those days where you are going to have a lot to talk about at the end of it, and it’s very possible that there are going to be some moments, some conversations that you’ll possibly remember for the rest of your lives. What we have planned for you at JA Inspire is an hour and a half of visiting with over 100 different groups made up of companies, schools, groups and associations of all different kinds. Really all they’re going to do today is tell you about their days and their careers and how they use their minds and talents to do things that are very fulfilling to them. You’re going to get a chance to see all of that.”

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Tiogue Elementary School students learn the basics of coding (Kent County Daily Times)

“A few years ago the department of education really put the initiative forward that we wanted and needed to do computer science at all levels,” Giusti said. “I think we all recognize, from educators to people in business, that we’re going to need coders. It’s one of those professions, computer science, where there are always jobs available throughout the whole country.”

Students at Tiogue regularly log on to code.org and their Google Classroom to participate in coding activities that, to them, probably just seem more like fun games. They can code their own dance party, creating multiple characters and using code to have them perform different dance moves. By adding lines of code they can change the music, the background, the number of dancers, the actual dance moves and other features.

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