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.
October 09, 2015 — Denver Business Journal — “CU-Boulder to Spearhead Project Creating National Network of STEM Centers”
A project to stimulate the growth of a national network of centers supporting education in science and technical subjects will be spearheaded by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The centers are focused on the "STEM" subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. Those subjects that are increasingly the focus of schools and colleges, as well as businesses, as the U.S. seeks to fill the pending gap of workers skilled in those professions.
September 15, 2015 — New York Times — “De Blasio to Announce 10-Year Deadline to Offer Computer Science to All Students”
To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City’s fast-growing technology sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday that within 10 years all of the city’s public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students.
September 08, 2015 — Atlanta Journal-Constitution — “Making the Grade: STEM Academies Open Avenue for Creativity”
While many school districts offer students the chance to hone specific skills through high school magnet programs, educators in the Cherokee County system decided the best way to get kids involved in specialized fields was to start them early — in grade school. Three years ago, they rolled out an initiative called Cherokee Academies to create incubators of science, technology, engineering, math and fine arts in the lowest grades with the goal of inspiring students to pursue those fields into high school and beyond.
September 08, 2015 — Denver Business Journal — “Colorado Girls' Path to STEM Jobs is Being Cleared”
"When you put the helmet on, it doesn't matter if you are woman or man. Your mission is to compete to win." That's the attitude of Milka Duno, a professional race car driver and self-proclaimed engineering geek. It's also the attitude of the girls at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, such as 15-year-old 11th grader Olivia Kreski and 16-year-old 11th grader Lecia Lamb.
August 23, 2015 — San Diego Union-Tribune — “Girls take over Qualcomm”
Over the past year, McKenzie Parsons has gone from feeling embarrassed to admit she likes science to embracing all things STEM-related — even putting the subjects on the same level as art and crafts. The San Diego middle schooler is not ready to commit to a career as a physicist or engineer, but she is eager to take more classes in science, technology, engineering and math.
August 08, 2015 — The Oklahoman — “Industry Leaders Partner with Educators”
Eighty-one teachers participated in the 2015 Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnership, a three-day training program for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teachers that included stops at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Devon, The Boeing Co. and Tinker Air Force Base.
July 28, 2015 — New York Times — “As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change”
After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more. So Mr. Minton, a 26-year-old math major, took a three-month course in computer programming and data analysis. As a waiter, he made $20,000 a year. His starting salary last year as a data scientist at a web start-up here was more than $100,000.
July 23, 2015 — Seattle Times — “$30 million gift to Museum of Flight from Boeing, Boeing family”
Boeing and the family of the late Bill Boeing Jr. will donate $30 million to the Museum of Flight in part to help promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. The company donation of $15 million will create the “Boeing Academy for STEM Learning” at the museum, which will fund a variety of immersive programs and internships either on site or in outreach programs.
July 19, 2015 — TechCrunch — “Exposing Every Student To STEM”
According to the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), about 20 percent of careers — and many of the fastest growing areas — directly relate to science, technology, engineering and math. But by one count, an insufficient number of students today will pursue STEM careers. So how do we convince students that STEM is important even if they don’t think they will pursue a career in a related field?
July 19, 2015 — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — “Study finds parents still don't understand STEM job opportunities”
While a clear majority of parents in the U.S. believe it’s important to educate students in the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, many hold misperceptions about how gaining expertise and degrees in those fields can boost job options. In recent study commissioned by the Alcoa Foundation, 77 percent of those surveyed were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to encourage their child to pursue a career in manufacturing industries, but 67 percent don’t consider manufacturing jobs ripe for advancement.
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