STEM

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For more than 20 years, Murray State University Department of Art & Design's Summer Art Workshop has brought in high school students from around the country to participate in a week-long experience learning from various artistic mediums. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Nicole Hand Bryant about this year's event, which has a focus on STEAM (STEM with an 'A' for Art) incorporating technology into art projects.

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The Murray State University 'Test Drive a Racer' internship program is in its second year and has been met with "glowing" praise from employers says Dr. Steve Cobb, Dean of the Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology. He stops by Sounds Good to speak with Tracy Ross about how the program helps get students in the door at companies and government institutions where it might otherwise be difficult; they also discuss construction on campus, a career day later this week and opportunities for study abroad.

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Murray State University leaders and Gov. Steve Beshear turned the ceremonial first shovel of dirt for a $37 million campus construction project today. The Engineering Physics Buildings is the final stage of MSU’s Gene W. Ray Science Campus.

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On average, every person on earth owns 86 Lego bricks according the Lego Company. And that number could grow with Christmas around the corner and kids looking forward to toy stuffed stockings. But the plastic bricks and Lego robotic systems are more than just toys. Play and science collided in the educational world of Lego tournaments last weekend at Paducah’s West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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A statewide effort to further the economy through funding energy research and attracting more students into STEM fields is getting a major financial boost.

Kentucky is one of six jurisdictions chosen to receive a five year research award from the National Science Foundation.

A robot that helps teach computer programming is a rising star in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes in Kentucky. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte meets the French-made robot and its handlers from the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education in Murray State's College of Education and Human Services.

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Cindy Ragland  is coordinating the West Kentucky Forum of the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, coming up Thursday, November 14th, to interest girls 3rd grade and older in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the Collaborative and the event. 

Eighth-graders in Kentucky are doing better than their peers around the globe when it comes to math and science. A study being released today compared every state, the District of Columbia and Defense Department schools against 38 countries and nine additional subnational education systems.

Active learning online is a buzz phrase for getting faculty lectures to students before they come to class, so the class can be an engagement center for students asking about lectures they've already heard, and presumably studied.  University of Tennessee at Martin instructional technology designer Harriette Spiegel is involved in an ECHO 360 webinar open to all, free, this Thursday at 1 p.m.  It is targeted specifically to supporting STEM classrooms. See registration information here.

Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Christian County

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is hosting a special exhibit in this year’s theme, “Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”  The exhibit features the stories of historic, local women who’ve made contributions to those fields.  Todd Hatton speaks with Museum Executive Director Alissa Keller to find out more.

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