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.
June 07, 2016 — The Journals — “Report: Students Want Hands-On, Real-World STEM Education”
When it comes to STEM education, high school students in the United States want to see changes made to teaching methods and more access to resources outside of the classroom, according to a national survey conducted by the Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation. The results released in the report “Students on STEM: More Hands-on, Real-World Experiences” show that students want more tangible learning opportunities. Respondents said that common teaching methods, such as teaching from the textbook, are less engaging than hands-on learning methods.
May 30, 2016 — Sport Techi — “Denver Broncos Created A Program Called Tackle STEM To Create The Next Generation Of Smart Front Office Staff”
The Denver Broncos have one of the more active STEM presences of any team in the NFL, apart from the Silicon Valley-based San Francisco 49ers. The reigning Super Bowl champions created a program called Tackle STEM, in conjunction with Arrow Electronics, which aims to cater towards the next generation of students whose interests might lie away from the actual playing field. Just last Thursday, the Broncos hosted students from Montrose High School, a more than five-hour drive away from Sports Authority Field, after their teacher won the February Tackle STEM Coach of the Month award. But, the students did not come to see the Super Bowl trophy or even any of the players on the Broncos’ roster. The pre-engineering students were shown around the backroom of Sports Authority Field, and were introduced to much of the staff behind the scenes.
May 19, 2016 — The White House — “Attention Kid Scientists! – The President Wants Your Ideas on Science and Technology”
At the 6th White House Science Fair in April, President Obama met nine-year-old inventor Jacob Leggette, who, with the help of a 3D printer, has created everything from a bubble-blowing wand to a mini model of the White House.
When he was talking to President Obama, Jacob also made a recommendation: that the President should have a kid science advisor. The President loved the idea, and suggested that we bring together a group of kids to share their thoughts on what they think is important in science, technology, and innovation. Kids know first-hand what’s working inside and outside of their classrooms and how to better engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
May 05, 2016 — Mashable — “How YouTuber Hank Green is bringing STEM to a new generation”
Bill Nye is a millennial nostalgia heartthrob, and Neil deGrasse Tyson is a Twitter king — but they're also where many Americans' everyday exposure to science ends.
Because we're facing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education deficit, the U.S. is in the midst of a major push to boost the accessibility of STEM education and job resources.
A lack of educational resources — something that the Obama administration has fought to address — is partly to blame for the deficiency. But young people who misunderstand the kind of life and future a STEM career could bring them are also part of the problem. A recent survey of 1,000 adults found that 1/3 did not purse a career in STEM because it "seemed too hard."
May 03, 2016 — Forbes — “The Best Places For STEM Grads In 2016”
Silicon Valley may be synonymous with tech jobs, but it’s just one of the places offering great opportunities to new grads in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM.)
To determine the friendliest cities for this group of grads, personal finance site NerdWallet looked at factors in 330 U.S. cities, including availability of STEM-focused employment and research opportunities, cost of living, average starting STEM salary in each area, and median monthly rent.
April 21, 2016 — USA Today — “White House, educators push for pre-school STEM”
A massive collection of public- and private-sector groups on Thursday will call for a national push to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to children as young as 3 or 4 years old. Leading the effort on so-called “early active STEM learning” is the White House, which is bringing hundreds of educators and policymakers to Washington, D.C., for a symposium on the topic.
April 21, 2016 — Business Insider — “The 25 best STEM high schools in the US”
Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math are booming in the US — and average salaries for STEM jobs are nearly twice the national average. It's no surprise, then, that high schools across the country are ramping up their emphasis on teaching STEM skills.
March 29, 2016 — Forbes — “The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges For Women”
Women are underrepresented in STEM fields. It’s a well-documented fact that fewer collegiate women seek and earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related programs than their male classmates. Why does this gap exist? Some reports suggest that women may feel intimidated by being the minority in science classrooms or face work-life balance hurdles getting an advanced degree while raising a family. U.S. Census data from February 2016 shows that women make up 14% of engineers, around 45% of mathematicians and statisticians and 47% of life scientists. But, the number of women in STEM is slowly trending upwards. Data shows that the STEM workforce was comprised of 26% women in 2011, compared to 23% in 1990.
March 21, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report — “Experts: Collaborate to Create Next Generation of Women in STEM”
Talmesha Richards remembered being in third grade and thinking math was "the worst thing in the whole wide world." She then went on to receive bachelor's degrees in mathematics and chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in cellular molecular medicine.
"I hated math but then I had a teacher who took an interest in me," says Richards, the chief academic and diversity officer at Million Women Mentors, a nonprofit that helps girls get interested in the science, math, engineering and technology fields. "Every STEM person that I know has had that aha moment where the light bulb goes off and you think to yourself, 'I can do this; this is really cool.'"
In the United States, despite comprising 47 percent of the workforce, women hold fewer than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields, according to statistics from Million Women Mentors.
March 17, 2016 — Washington Post — “In a First, Girls Outdo Boys in Prestigious High School Science Competition”
Three of America’s brightest high school scientists, one boy and two girls, emerged as winners last week in the annual Intel Science Talent Search, among the top U.S. competitions for young innovators.
Of the 40 finalists for the award, 52 percent were girls, the largest proportion in the program’s 75-year history.
“This milestone is an inspiring sign of progress toward closing the gender gap in technology and engineering,” said Rosalind Hudnell, president of the Intel Foundation. (The competition is sponsored by semiconductor maker Intel.) “We hope these finalists’ outstanding work will inspire young people from all backgrounds to develop their interests in these fields.”
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