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.
November 11, 2013 — Huffington Post — “US2020 STEM Mentoring Effort Gathers Momentum”
The call was answered. Last month 52 cities self-organized to compete in a nation-wide competition designed to address one of our nation's great challenges. I am honored today to announce the finalists of the US2020 STEM Mentoring City Competition.
What is our challenge? By 2018 there will be a projected three million new job openings in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields and we do not have the talent to fill them. There is a projected gap between openings and qualified applicants of almost two million. The U.S. currently ranks 23rd in science performance in international tests, and 31st in math. Of all engineers, only 14% are women and 5% are African American. These realities undermine the economic and social strength of our country.
October 31, 2013 — Education Week — “ Companies Honored for Innovative STEM-Friendly Practices”
Innovate+Educate, a company dedicated to aligning STEM education and workforce development, has announced the recipients of their first-ever HIRE Awards. AmeriHealth Caritas, Bank of America, Boeing, Gilchrist Construction Company and Southwire were lauded for their innovative approaches to hiring and training employees and promoting "a diverse and work-ready pipeline of talent," Innovate+Educate CEO and Founder Jamai Bliven said in a press release.
October 24, 2013 — Education Week — “Most States Surpass Global Average in Math, Science”
A new analysis of how all U.S. states stack up against countries around the world shows that 8th grade students in 35 states outperformed the international average in math and those in 46 did so in science.
October 22, 2013 — Education Week — “Survey Highlights Shortage of Job Applicants with a STEM Background”
The latest edition of an annual survey on science education is titled: "U.S. STEM Workforce ShortageóMyth or Reality?" The answer, the survey concludes, is it's reality, with American companies reporting a lack of candidates with STEM qualifications to fill a growing number of jobs in the area.
October 16, 2013 — Business Insider — “These Are The 7 Things Keeping Women Out Of Science Careers”
Why women still aren't well or equally represented in the sciences (or, more specifically women in science, technology, engineering, and math ó STEM) is a complex topic, and there's been a lot of talk about it of lately.
October 15, 2013 — U.S. News & World Report — “Getting Our Students STEM Ready”
It is a universal law of nature that in order for something to be born, something must die. This evolving cycle applies to all things, including the way we teach our children. The US education system is undergoing an exciting "rebirth" as the introduction of new technology, neuroscience-based teaching and age-appropriate forms of "hands-on" learning emerge as ways to engage students, inspire more creativity and involve students in the process of learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
October 08, 2013 — Washington Post — “U.S. Adults Lag Most Countries in Literacy, Math and Computer Skills”
Policymakers and politicians who wring their hands about the mediocre performance of U.S. students on international math and reading tests have another worry: The nationís grown-ups arenít doing much better.
October 02, 2013 — Education Week — “Ramping Up Efforts to Prepare Students for STEM Careers”
With nearly one in four high school students interested in a STEM career, new efforts are underway to prepare them for the growing number of jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
September 10, 2013 — U.S. News — “Discover 11 Hot College Majors That Lead to Jobs”
From robotics to cybersecurity, STEM majors are among the hottest for career-seeking college students.
September 06, 2013 — Education Week — “Math Viewed as 'Most Valuable' School Subject, Survey Finds”
According to new survey conducted by the Gallup organization about one-third of American adults (34 percent) think math is the 'most valuable' school subject. The next in line was English, at 21 percent, followed by science at 12 percent.
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