Washington, DC, -  Today, Insitute communications director Jacey Wilkins participated in a convening of over 100 national leaders to provide critical feedback on an in-depth study of the current state of badges.  Wilkins joined representatives from K12 education, the technology indsutry, learning sciences, higher education, informal science, and education policy to explore STEM badge rationale, systems, and key contributors, and to identify challenges and opportunity for STEM-related badges.  With support from the National Science Foundation, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will produce a full report, which will be available in June 2013.

The Institute is currently developing M-Badges, which recognize the knowledge, skills, interests, and acheivements of young people that are learning applied STEM and manufacturing skills in a number of in-school programs across the country.  The M-Badge system will help disseminate information about manufacturing careers and higher education to the badge-holders and help employers identify strong candidates for internships, apprenticeships, or job opportunities.

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