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.
November 13, 2015 — CNN Money — “Wanted: 100,000 New STEM Teachers”
In schools across America, there are "Help Wanted" signs advertising jobs that desperately need to be filled. They're all for teaching positions in STEM fields -- which have 100,000 open positions nationwide. 100Kin10 is a New York nonprofit trying to fill those roles.
November 03, 2015 — Richmond Standard — “Chevron’s Major STEM Education Push Felt Locally and Nationally”
At a surprise event at Levi’s Stadium on Oct. 19, Chevron executive Mike Wirth told 100 teachers across the country, including 50 from Bay Area schools, that each of their grant requests for STEM-related projects (science, technology, engineering and math) would be funded by Chevron as part of the company’s Fuel Your School program. Right after his announcement, the teachers were given a tour of a state-of-the-art, Chevron-sponsored STEM classroom at the stadium.
October 09, 2015 — Denver Business Journal — “CU-Boulder to Spearhead Project Creating National Network of STEM Centers”
A project to stimulate the growth of a national network of centers supporting education in science and technical subjects will be spearheaded by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The centers are focused on the "STEM" subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. Those subjects that are increasingly the focus of schools and colleges, as well as businesses, as the U.S. seeks to fill the pending gap of workers skilled in those professions.
September 15, 2015 — New York Times — “De Blasio to Announce 10-Year Deadline to Offer Computer Science to All Students”
To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City’s fast-growing technology sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday that within 10 years all of the city’s public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students.
September 08, 2015 — Atlanta Journal-Constitution — “Making the Grade: STEM Academies Open Avenue for Creativity”
While many school districts offer students the chance to hone specific skills through high school magnet programs, educators in the Cherokee County system decided the best way to get kids involved in specialized fields was to start them early — in grade school. Three years ago, they rolled out an initiative called Cherokee Academies to create incubators of science, technology, engineering, math and fine arts in the lowest grades with the goal of inspiring students to pursue those fields into high school and beyond.
September 08, 2015 — Denver Business Journal — “Colorado Girls' Path to STEM Jobs is Being Cleared”
"When you put the helmet on, it doesn't matter if you are woman or man. Your mission is to compete to win." That's the attitude of Milka Duno, a professional race car driver and self-proclaimed engineering geek. It's also the attitude of the girls at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, such as 15-year-old 11th grader Olivia Kreski and 16-year-old 11th grader Lecia Lamb.
August 23, 2015 — San Diego Union-Tribune — “Girls take over Qualcomm”
Over the past year, McKenzie Parsons has gone from feeling embarrassed to admit she likes science to embracing all things STEM-related — even putting the subjects on the same level as art and crafts. The San Diego middle schooler is not ready to commit to a career as a physicist or engineer, but she is eager to take more classes in science, technology, engineering and math.
August 08, 2015 — The Oklahoman — “Industry Leaders Partner with Educators”
Eighty-one teachers participated in the 2015 Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership, a three-day training program for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teachers that included stops at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Devon, The Boeing Co. and Tinker Air Force Base.
July 28, 2015 — New York Times — “As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change”
After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more. So Mr. Minton, a 26-year-old math major, took a three-month course in computer programming and data analysis. As a waiter, he made $20,000 a year. His starting salary last year as a data scientist at a web start-up here was more than $100,000.
July 23, 2015 — Seattle Times — “$30 million gift to Museum of Flight from Boeing, Boeing family”
Boeing and the family of the late Bill Boeing Jr. will donate $30 million to the Museum of Flight in part to help promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. The company donation of $15 million will create the “Boeing Academy for STEM Learning” at the museum, which will fund a variety of immersive programs and internships either on site or in outreach programs.
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