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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 01, 2016 — Education World  — “How Are Organizations Training Effective STEM Teachers?”
The Annual Partner Survey from 100Kin10, the national network committed to training and retaining 100,000 excellent K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers by 2021 has revealed some insight into how the leading K-12 STEM education organizations are training effective teachers to keep up with the increasingly prioritized movement.

November 01, 2016 — TheScientist  — “Social Media Accelerates Science”
Twitter ... had grown into an established social media platform, but scientists were still warming to the idea of having meaningful technical exchanges using 140-character missives. To some, though, this tool for networking and sharing showed enormous promise for scientific research.

October 30, 2016 — Associated Press   — “Modest gains, but US students still lag in science learning”
The vast majority of U.S. students still lack a solid grasp of science despite some modest gains by fourth and eighth graders, especially girls and minorities.The problem is particularly acute among the nation's high school seniors.The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation's Report Card, released Thursday shows only about a third of fourth and eighth graders demonstrated strong academic performance in the sciences. Among 12th graders, just one in five were proficient or above in science.

October 29, 2016 — NBC News  — “18-Year-Old Millionaire, Robotics Scholar Teach Students the Power of Technology”
Jaylen Bledsoe is a millionaire at age 18 and credits a technology program for gifted third graders at his St. Louis school for his remarkable success. … "Give kids access to technology, and with a curious mind, they will succeed in any environment," he said. … Cynthia Erenas, a Mexican immigrant, was a struggling student with no plans for college before she took a robotics class at her Los Angeles school. Her passion for STEM led to national awards and even a TED talk at age 14. … "Technology is moving quickly and if we do not start giving them opportunities now, many kids will be left behind," Erenas, 18, said.

October 26, 2016 — GeekWire  — “What do kids really need to know about computer science? New roadmap wins widespread support”
A coalition of computer science organizations — led in part by the Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org — recently released the K–12 Computer Science Framework. The document provides a roadmap for educators eager to expand beyond lessons in how to use a spreadsheet or build a PowerPoint deck. And perhaps most importantly, the framework aims to make computer science welcoming to all students — including female, black, Hispanic and other kids who have been disproportionately absent from these classes and, ultimately, the tech industry.

September 21, 2016 — GeekWire  — “Boeing awards $6 million in grants for STEM education (and its future workforce)”
Three universities and scores of other educational programs stand to benefit from $6 million in grants from the Boeing Co. – a bonanza that’s designed to boost the company’s future workforce in Washington state. … The grants focus on STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – as well as workforce training, particularly for student populations who tend to be underrepresented when it comes to STEM.

September 15, 2016 — THE Journal  — “New AIR Report Offers Vision for Accomplishing STEM for All”
In another 10 years the studies of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) could be as pervasive and effective in the K-12 classrooms of America as the use of the blackboard was at the launch of the 19th century. An aspirational vision for STEM education is set out in a 73-page report just issued by the American Institutes of Research and written by one of the foremost national experts on the subject.

September 07, 2016 — Chalkbeat  — “How one Colorado school district has embraced STEM as a way of life”
P-TECH is a growing national effort that brings together public schools, community colleges and tech companies in an effort to provide traditionally underserved students a more robust education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and the promise of a good job. The program is a natural fit for the St. Vrain Valley district, which for nearly a decade has devoted energy to STEM offerings with the aid of millions in federal tax dollars. Now, it is focusing more effort on serving its growing population of at-risk students — with P-TECH being one example.

August 30, 2016 — Education Week  — “U.S. State Department Tackles Gender Gap in STEM Participation”
They have traveled from Tunisia and Algeria, from Lebanon and Palestine. One teenage girl wants to be an engineer, another to work in astrophysics. They are "TechGirls," participants in a summer program that brought them to the nation's capital this summer to nurture their passion for leadership and sharpen their technology skills. The U.S. Department of State-sponsored program is one of a growing number of efforts that are providing real-world, in-depth experiences to get girls more engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM. Men still largely outnumber women in STEM fields, and the State Department aims to pick away at that gap.

August 29, 2016 — Atlantic   — “The Quiet Work of a Civil Engineer”
Civil engineering is often called the oldest engineering discipline, as humans have been building roads, bridges, and water ducts for thousands of years. These kinds of infrastructure projects are ones that civil engineers still work on today. The profession is also expected to expand by 8 percent in the next 10 years, as increasing urbanization and an interest in renewable-energy create new projects for civil engineers. Given the makeup of the field, that raises big social questions. Engineering is the STEM sector where the struggle for female representation is the most pronounced: According to statistics compiled by the Society of Women Engineers, only 12 percent of engineers are female. Further, more than half of the female freshman who sign up to major in engineering end up switching to non-STEM majors by graduation. Eileen Velez-Vega is a civil engineer based in Puerto Rico. Velez-Vega has been enthusiastic about aviation and space since a young age, and she’s the first in her family to become an engineer. I spoke with Velez-Vega about her experience as a female engineer, her work in constructing airport runways, the economic situation in Puerto Rico, and how surviving cancer affected her work priorities. The interview that follows has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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