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.
January 20, 2014 — Forbes — “How STEM Education Inspires Kids, Educators To Act Locally, Think Globally”
As technology continues to evolve and impact society in countless ways, educators have been tasked with preparing the next generation to navigate an ever-changing world. However, teachers are finding it difficult to lay a foundation of science and math skills using just the federal common core standards.
January 13, 2014 — Education Week — “Federal Hearing Highlights Private-Sector Efforts to Promote STEM Education”
At a recent meeting of a U.S. House subcommittee that oversees science education (among other things), the heads of STEM education programs and several high school students discussed private-sector efforts to engage young people in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. "With the federal government spending nearly $3 billion dollars across 13 federal agencies on STEM education programs each year, we must ensure the government is leveraging rather than duplicating private sector STEM education initiatives," said Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, in prepared remarks at the Jan. 9 hearing. That panel is part of the House science committee.
January 02, 2014 — Geek Wire — “Code.org Founder on the Real Reason There Arenít More Women in Tech”
Why arenít there more women working in technology? Thatís likely one of the most highly-debated questions in todayís tech world ... Now Hadi Partovi, longtime entrepreneur and co-founder of Seattle-based non-profit Code.org, is chiming in with his two cents on the matter.
December 09, 2013 — U-T San Diego — “STEM Education in the U.S. Needs Improvement”
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The future of our innovation economy depends on the next generationís skills in these fields. And America is not doing so well.
November 25, 2013 — The Tennessean — “Encourage Girls to Pursue Math, Science Careers”
Behind every successful businessperson, there usually is a supportive mentor who helped shape his or her career by providing a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight along the way. Mentorship is vital to professional development regardless of the industry one chooses, but it is a particularly important resource for women pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
According to the National Science Foundation, the number of women who have degrees in physical sciences and math remains well below that of men, particularly at the doctorate level. The Society of Human Resource Management reports a growing shortage of STEM graduates in the United States compared with other countries, and female participation in engineering and computer sciences is currently below 30 percent.
November 21, 2013 — U.S. News & World Report — “Science, Engineering Degrees Grew Twice as Fast as Others, Report Says”
Efforts to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees may be starting to sink into students' minds, according to new data released by the National Student Clearinghouse. The organization's research center found that in the last five years, bachelor's degree completions for science and engineering disciplines grew nearly twice as fast as others. Between 2009 and 2013, science and engineering degrees grew by 19 percent, compared to a 9 percent growth among other disciplines. The NSC's research center analyzed the growth of these degrees in two reports released Monday, one by gender and another by age.
November 20, 2013 — New York Times — “A Viral Video Encourages Girls to Become Engineers”
Who said girls want to dress in pink and play with dolls, especially when they could be building Rube Goldberg machines instead? That is the message of a video that has gone viral since it was posted on YouTube this week ó an ad for GoldieBlox, a start-up toy company that sells games and books to encourage girls to become engineers.
November 14, 2013 — The Seattle Times — “Better STEM education, Training Needed for Mismatched Workers”
Boeing is not bluffing about its need for skilled workers or for Washington state to commit to continuous investment in skills training and an educational pipeline that promotes many of this stateís top industries, from aviation to technology. Though the Machinists rejected Boeingís contract offer Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature stepped up with a smart deal last week. It includes $5 million for the Central Sound Aerospace Training Center in Renton, $8 million for 1,000 new full-time community college slots in aerospace-related studies for the 2014-15 school year, and $500,000 for a fabrication composite-wing training program for current aerospace workers run by the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Edmonds Community College. Additional money will go toward expanding and updating the training center.
November 14, 2013 — The Herald Argus — “NPHS Receives National Certification for Project Lead the Way”
New Prairie High School recently received national certification for its Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program, which has been offered through the school since 2007. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs and curriculum, allowing students to apply what they learn in math and science class to real-life biomedical science projects.
November 11, 2013 — Huffington Post — “US2020 STEM Mentoring Effort Gathers Momentum”
The call was answered. Last month 52 cities self-organized to compete in a nation-wide competition designed to address one of our nation's great challenges. I am honored today to announce the finalists of the US2020 STEM Mentoring City Competition.
What is our challenge? By 2018 there will be a projected three million new job openings in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields and we do not have the talent to fill them. There is a projected gap between openings and qualified applicants of almost two million. The U.S. currently ranks 23rd in science performance in international tests, and 31st in math. Of all engineers, only 14% are women and 5% are African American. These realities undermine the economic and social strength of our country.
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