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.
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.
February 23, 2015 — TIME — “Why Chevron Is Helping Fund STEM Education”
Chevron's STEM efforts should serve as a benchmark for other companies, says analyst Tim Bajarin
Over the last year, I’ve become more interested in the Maker Movement and programs that focus on STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math. Like many people, I believe the U.S. education system needs to do more to get kids interested in math and science, as technology sits at the heart of new job creation and is impacting our lives in ways none of us could have imagined 50 years ago.
February 12, 2015 — Education Week — “Girls Edging Out Boys in STEM Course-Taking, But Not Test Performance”
The gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics may be starting to turn, according to new 2009 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The data is coming at a time when states and districts are in a big push to get more students—and particularly girls—into STEM careers, via everything from mentorships and clubs to STEM-only schools.
February 05, 2015 — Education Week — “STEM Changes the Learning Experience”
STEM. Read that acronym and you may be thinking about science, technology, engineering and math. You may also be thinking "What about the humanities and the arts?" And you may be thinking, as a colleague principal recently told us, you are tired of hearing about STEM. But unpack what STEM offers and without changing its name, remain open to the possibilities this design offers all students and a clearer understanding may arise. Although it is apparent that the world of science, technology, engineering, and math are exploding, the world is also exploding with terrorism, fear, opposition, anger, abuses of all sorts and war.
January 22, 2015 — Fortune — “The business case for STEM education”
Intel is putting big money into grade-school education—and betting that it pays off. Silicon Valley has always looked for talent among the young (Mark Zuckerberg made his first billion at age 23). It’s only recently, though, that it has set its sights on grade school.
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.
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