The momentum for improving U.S. STEM capabilities is building, with opinion leaders and editorial boards opining in support of reform and newsrooms writing about it across the country.
July 02, 2015 — Denver Post — “Seven science whizzes are biking across the country to promote STEM education”
Seven college students are biking across the country in an effort to change it. On the journey, they are teaching 13 engineering and science workshops for middle school and high school students, including July 16-17 at the Loveland Public Library. The group, made up of students from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, began the ride from Washington, D.C., on June 1.
June 30, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report — “Merging High School, College and Work to Fill the STEM Pipeline”
Despite incremental progress over the last few years, schools and colleges aren't producing enough career-ready graduates to meet STEM workforce needs, according to a panel of educators and industry leaders. To meet the growing demand among employers for job candidates with STEM skills, some high schools are partnering with higher education institutions and business leaders to transform into academies with a focus on more quickly and efficiently preparing students for the workforce.
June 23, 2015 — NBC News — “Study: International Students Outpace Americans in STEM Degrees”
A new analysis by Pew Research Center looks at the growing presence of international students attending American colleges and universities, and their concentrated areas of study - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM fields) and business - as universities continue to look abroad for tuition and talent. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, international students earned 11.6 percent of all American doctoral degrees conferred during the 2012-2013 academic year. However, at the department level, a different picture emerges, with international students earning 57 percent of doctoral degrees in engineering; 53 percent of doctoral degrees in computer and information sciences; and 50 percent of doctorates in mathematics and statistics.
May 27, 2015 — Huffington Post — “6 Tips on How to Succeed in STEM”
People often ask what inspired me to pursue a career in STEM. I tell them it's a lifetime of inspiration. For starters, I've always enjoyed art and creating things. I've always been very analytical and a good problem solver. Both of my parents were supportive and successful in their careers. I never thought anything was off-limits. When I was in the eighth grade, my dad introduced me to industrial design. It hooked me. I loved the idea of designing products that people use every day and I loved computers and creating in a digital space. Then, I met the Internet and it all coalesced. The Internet gave me the tools to create digital experiences that touch millions of people.
May 13, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report — “College Board Launches STEM 'Credential' Initiative”
STEM education is getting the College Board treatment. The organization that administers the SAT and Advanced Placement exams announced a new effort Thursday aimed at attracting more high school students to potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The program, launching this fall in partnership with education nonprofit Project Lead The Way, will award a new “credential” to high school students who complete integrated Advanced Placement and Project Lead The Way coursework in engineering, biomedical science or computer science.
May 12, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report — “The Next Generation of STEM: Students at the Cutting Edge of Innovation”
Engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math fields over the last five years has emerged as a national priority not just for the nation’s educational system, but also for the economy, as forecasts have shown a need for millions more workers with STEM skills. And though the tide is turning, educators, politicians and employers alike say there’s still a long way to go.
May 06, 2015 — Huffington Post — “Data You Haven't Seen: One Million High School Freshman Interested in STEM”
"Just over 31 percent of high school freshmen declare interest in a STEM-related field -- around 1,000,000 students each year," states the ShapingOurFuture new web-portal. But..."Of those students, nearly half will lose interest in STEM by the time they graduate from high school."
May 05, 2015 — Forbes — “Ford STEM Academies Tackle Real World Problems In The Classroom”
It’s 9 o’clock, and 25 ninth graders at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, Ky., are hard at work, trying to solve a vexing math problem: how to build a sturdy, life-size boat out of nothing but cardboard and duct tape. It’s not just a math problem. It’s a physics project, too, and a lesson in computer-aided design.
April 27, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report — “New Plan to Engineer Early Interest in STEM in Missouri”
The lesson started with the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk. But with 10 pipe cleaners, the kindergartners were about to learn a little about engineering, a career that could be in their future. In small groups, the children set out to build their own beanstalks with the materials, trying to make it stand up on its own with no direction from the teacher.
April 27, 2015 — TIME — “How Intel and Boeing Are Helping These Kids Learn STEM Skills”
As a tech analyst, one of the areas I’m highly interested in is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. I have written columns in TIME about why the San Francisco 49ers and Chevron are willing to spend millions of dollars getting kids up to speed on STEM. Their central goal is to help kids prepare for a world where technology has become pervasive, one where there will be a need for millions of STEM-educated students to work for and run all types of companies around the world. I was recently told about an entire region in Arizona that has made education — and especially STEM education — a core tenet of its economic development strategy.
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