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 05, 2016 — TechRepublic — “100 million students worldwide will learn to code this week for Hour of Code”
Monday kicks off Computer Science Education Week, with students in every country around the globe participating in Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify coding for students and encourage them to pursue technology careers.The Hour of Code campaign was started by Code.org in 2013. Today, over 100 million students participate—one out of every 10 students on the planet, according to Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org. The initiative has also inspired some 400,000 classrooms to begin teaching computer science classes, and hundreds of school districts have made commitment to add it to the curriculum, Partovi said.
December 05, 2016 — GeekWire — “Code.org teams with star athletes like Kobe, Neymar and Serena Williams to promote computer science education”
Some of the world’s most famous sports stars are putting their support behind computer science education. Top athletes like Kobe Bryant, Neymar Jr., Serena Williams, and a handful of others appear in a new video for Code.org, which is helping put on the annual “Hour of Code” campaign this week. They encourage students to study computer science and provide some positive reinforcement about the learning process. Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi told GeekWire that the athletes are role models for students around the world. “The reason all these athletes are supporting the campaign is because they recognize that computer science and coding are foundational for a well-rounded education,” he said.
November 23, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report — “Study: Inclusive Environment Key to Closing STEM Gap”
In order to tighten the gender gap in certain male-dominated science, technology, engineering and math fields, educators must develop a more inviting culture, according to a study published in the October issue of Psychological Bulletin. The study, "Why Are Some STEM Fields More Gender Balanced Than Others?" draws on previous works on STEM gender gaps to account for the specific gap in computer science, engineering and physics fields. The study's authors, University of Washington's Sapna Cheryan, Lily Jiang and Sianna Ziegler and Ohio State's Amanda Montoya, knew that more boys preferred these fields than girls, but wanted to understand why.
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.
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.
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.
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