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.
December 12, 2014 — Buzzfeed — “5 Things That Will Make You Realize How Important STEM Literacy Is”
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Everyone is talking about it. Some people are doing it, but what does it mean to be STEM Literate?
December 10, 2014 — The White House Blog — “President Obama Is the First President to Write a Line of Code”
On Monday afternoon, President Obama became the first president to write a line of code. As part of the "Hour of Code" -- an online event to promote Computer Science Education Week -- the President and Vice President joined middle-school students from New Jersey for a computer coding exercise.
November 19, 2014 — Education Week — “Students Interested in STEM Fields, But Few Plan to Teach Them”
Many high school students are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but very few of them want to teach in those fields, a situation that doesn't bode well for the shortage of good teachers in STEM fields, according to a new study.
November 12, 2014 — U.S. News & World Report — “Companies Promote STEM Through Collaboration, Connecting STEM to Real Life”
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Spring 2014 report, “STEM 101: Intro to Tomorrow’s Jobs,” states that jobs in occupations related to STEM are projected to increase to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022, resulting in growth of approximately 1 million more jobs over 2012 employment levels. That sounds like a good thing, but it might not be: According to “The Global STEM Paradox,” a white paper soon to be published by the New York Academy of Sciences and prepared with consulting firm FSG, recruiters in the United States are having a hard time finding candidates for 75 percent of jobs that will require middle- or high-level STEM skills by 2018.
October 13, 2014 — New York Times — “Web-Era Trade Schools, Feeding a Need for Code”
A new educational institution, the coding boot camp, is quietly emerging as the vocational school for the digital age, devoted to creating software developers. These boot camps reflect the start-up ethic: small for-profit enterprises that are fast (classes are two to four months), nimble (revising curriculum to meet industry needs) and unconcerned with SAT scores or diplomas. Most are expensive, but some accept a share of the graduates’ first-year earnings or a finder’s fee from employers as payment.
October 08, 2014 — Wall Street Journal — “Tech Companies Hope to Introduce Coding to 100 Million Students”
In an effort to attract more — and more diverse — programmers, the CEOs of two dozen big tech companies, including Microsoft, Google and Salesforce.com, will launch a campaign Wednesday with non-profit Code.org to introduce computer science to 100 million students world-wide. The companies agreed to promote Hour of Code, a campaign that encourages students to try an hour of computer coding with an online tutorial. They also plan a crowd-sourced campaign to raise $5 million to be used to train teachers in schools that don’t offer computer science classes, Code.org said.
September 09, 2014 — Education Week — “Arne Duncan Makes Pitch for More STEM Teachers, New Classroom Technology”
The American public education system needs more science, technology, engineering and math teachers, must do a better job encouraging female students to pursue those fields, and should embrace new technology in the classrooms, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday afternoon. Duncan's latest stop on his back-to-school bus tour took him to NASA's space camp here, where he toured the facility and talked about STEM initiatives, including President Barack Obama's call to recruit 100,000 new STEM teachers in the next decade.
September 01, 2014 — Washington Post — “Policymakers Hail STEM Education as a Strong Foundation, Pushing Innovation”
Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation. Senior officials with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy say the focus on STEM education is a response to global achievement trends, with an effort to develop students’ skills rather than drive them to specific careers. Officials point to 12 countries that have higher test scores in science and 17 with higher scores in math.
August 27, 2014 — U.S. News & World Report — “Space Cadets: STEM Program Gives Students Control of Satellites”
To spark STEM inspiration, one tech company is reaching for the stars. Starting Wednesday, students and teachers across the world will be able to control tiny cube-shaped satellites orbiting the globe nearly 100 miles above their schools, harnessing high-tech sensors aboard the devices to predict thunderstorms, solar flares and much more. “We really want to expand STEM education, and one way to do that is to access space,” says Sunny Washington.
August 25, 2014 — Wall Street Journal — “How to Get Girls Into Engineering? Let Them Build Toys”
When Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen met in 2010, both were in engineering master's programs at Stanford University—mechanical and electrical, respectively. But there weren't many other women around. Chatting about why there were so few female engineers, the pair realized that they had both grown up with toys that encouraged them to build and make things, rather than traditional toys for girls. Ms. Brooks, now 26, received a saw for Christmas at the age of 8; Ms. Chen, now 25, had similar experiences with do-it-yourself playthings. "I made dolls out of wood, nails, and paint, learning to make mistakes and to find a way around them," Ms. Brooks recalls.
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