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.
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.
April 26, 2015 — Wall Street Journal — “Why Coding Is Your Child’s Key to Unlocking the Future”
Racing across the U.S. in your taco truck, you must fight off animals mutated by fallout from a nuclear war, and you must also turn them into delicious filling for the tacos you sell inside fortified towns. Your mission: Make it to the Canadian city of Winnipeg. You are “Gunman Taco Truck." “It’s pretty much only a game that a kid would come up with,” says Brenda Romero, a videogame designer for more than 30 years and the mother of Donovan Romero-Brathwaite, the 10-year-old inventor of the game.
April 22, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report — “No Boys Allowed: Tackling the Coding Gender Gap”
Saint Jean Baptiste High School senior Laura Willson, 17, is putting together a petition in support of adding a computer science class to the course offerings at the New York City school. After attending a 2013 summer immersion program run by the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code at the Manhattan headquarters of IAC, a media and Internet company, Willson co-founded a Girls Who Code club at her school. “I’m trying to come together with a petition so I can bring it to the principal and see what she thinks about it because I think eventually my school should have a computer science class,” Willson says. “Since they have a club, why not have a class too?”
April 21, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report — “Report: Non-STEM Fields Increasingly Require STEM Skills”
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to define who is and is not included in America’s modern STEM – or science, technology, engineering and math – workforce, simply because technical proficiency is becoming mandatory in a diverse body of occupations. STEM worker shortages have garnered plenty of headlines in recent years as an increasingly technical and automated job market demands more out of its workers. But a Tuesday report from the National Science Board argues such complaints have been around since the 1950s and that they're ultimately not a good use of time.
April 18, 2015 — New York Daily News — “Women in STEM program providing free computer coding for female students at Queens high school”
Female students at a Queens high school are getting free lessons in computer coding under a new program to boost girls’ participation science, technology, engineering and math — better known as STEM. City education officials and Verizon teamed up to create the Women in STEM (WinSTEM) after-school program at Energy Tech High School in Long Island City, where 50 girls are enrolled in classes that may become a model for similar efforts at other schools.
April 17, 2015 — AL.com — “Northrop Grumman strengthens ties with UAH to bolster workforce, STEM education”
Olin B. King Technology Hall at UAH was busy early Friday as leaders with Northrop Grumman and the university announced an expansion of their existing partnership in Huntsville. Mark Thornton, program director for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program at Northrop Grumman, joined UAH President Robert Altenkirch to celebrate the launch of a relationship to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, research opportunities and workforce recruitment in the Rocket City.
April 16, 2015 — MLive — “Student STEM endorsement for high school diplomas approved by Michigan Senate”
Michigan students who complete additional coursework could receive a STEM endorsement on their high school diplomas under legislation unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate. Supporters say the endorsement would be the first of its kind in the country and benefit students working toward high-demand careers involving science, technology, engineering or math.
March 16, 2015 — Reuters — “Seven Strategies for Keeping Women in STEM Fields”
Women who enter science and engineering fields often leave prematurely – and if they stay, many don’t advance as quickly as their male counterparts. Now an academic panel has developed a seven-point plan for achieving gender equity in so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.
The 28-member Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group hopes to “ensure that women not just enter science, but remain, compete, and truly excel in scientific careers.”
February 26, 2015 — Daily Free Press — “Women in STEM fields call for engineering earlier interest”
Two decades ago, it may have been easy for one to guess a person’s major based on gender. Fast forward to the 21st century, and it’s not so easy. Statistics from the National Girls Collaborative Project in 2011 show that 50.4 percent of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees were earned by women. After graduation, however, the statistics are less promising. In the same year, the U.S. Department of Commerce found that 1 in 7 engineers are female. Though there has been progress, the conversation regarding women in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — continues on in 2015, even in highly progressive and well-educated cities such as Boston. David Miller, a graduate student of psychology at Northwestern University, found in his research, published Feb. 17 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, that science and engineering fields no longer leak more women than men in the bachelor’s-to-Ph.D. pipeline.
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