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.
July 01, 2014 — WIRED — “Google and Square Recruit Girls Early to Tackle Tech’s Gender Problem”
Silicon Valley has a gender problem, and some big-name companies are finally trying to change things by addressing the problem where it starts: with kids. Firms like Google, Square, and Codecademy are showing young girls that it’s cool to code, hoping it will eventually boost the number of women who fill tech jobs across the Valley and beyond.
Even as it works to help bootstrap female techies in other ways, Google recently announced the Made to Code campaign. The company has committed $50 million over the next three years to expand young girls’ exposure to coding. Some of that money will benefit existing organizations like Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code, while the rest will fund marketing campaigns to change the weak reputation programming has among young girls. Square and Codeacademy are encouraging coding among girls in similar fashion.
June 25, 2014 — Forbes — “The Best Cities For STEM Job Openings Right Now”
STEM occupations–described as those requiring a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math related subjects–currently account for more than 10% of jobs in the United States, and pay wages close to double the U.S. average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last week, Forbes reported on the companies with the greatest number of STEM positions currently open. But which cities are providing the greatest opportunities to STEM job seekers?
June 16, 2014 — Education Week — “Ad Seeks to Explain Why Girls Stray From STEM”
A poignant new ad from tech giant Verizon suggests that how adults (ahem, parents) speak to young girls helps to explain the lack of women in STEM-focused careers.
Part of a larger campaign highlighting the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the ad shows a series of scenes in which a young girl named Sam is praised for being "pretty" and dissuaded from getting her hands dirty. Her innate interest in exploration and building seems destined to wane. In the final moment, she stops to look at a science fair poster, then applies lip gloss and walks away.
May 29, 2014 — U.S. News & World Report — “Bringing STEM Education to Underserved Communities”
In California’s San Francisco Bay Area, a nonprofit foundation has raised the bar for local students, with impressive results. In the nearby Central Valley, a like-minded program introduces children to art, along with a healthy dose of “soft skills” like creativity, relationship-building and teamwork. Meanwhile, across the country, an unlikely pilot from Miami who made aviation history has set up an academy to train those who’ll follow in his footsteps. And in Albany, New York, a little-known college has committed increasing amounts of money and resources to educate what could be the next generation of young scientists.
May 19, 2014 — The White House — “Announcing the White House Science Fair and Celebrating Girls Excelling in STEM”
Next week – on Tuesday, May 27 – the White House is going to be filled with robots, science projects, and more. Students from around the country are headed to the 2014 White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama, and we couldn’t be more excited. With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year’s Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.
April 25, 2014 — U.S. News & World Report — “Making STEM Stick in Middle School”
Middle school is a critical time to catch students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics because it is when students often decide if these fields are for them, education experts say. Educators discussed what works when trying to spark student interest in STEM fields, as well as the challenges of doing so, during a Thursday afternoon breakout session, “Making STEM Stick in Middle School,” at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C.
April 25, 2014 — U.S. News & World Report — “Shattering the Glass Ceiling in STEM Fields”
Ask any woman working in the STEM field and she’ll tell you the “glass ceiling” blocking them from upper-level jobs is real. Despite high-profile exceptions like General Motors CEO Mary Barra -- a trained engineer -- women managers in math- and science-based organizations are few and far between. At the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a panel featuring two women leaders in STEM agreed: It takes more than training as an engineer, or scientist, or mathematician, to figure out how to shatter the glass.
March 07, 2014 — Roll Call — “Women of Congress Promote STEM Education, Careers”
“All I could visualize, to be perfectly honest, was being a teacher, a social worker and a secretary,” said Rep. Susan A. Davis, D-Calif. The women of Congress are working to change that dynamic and empower young women to see themselves in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — careers.
January 20, 2014 — Forbes — “How STEM Education Inspires Kids, Educators To Act Locally, Think Globally”
As technology continues to evolve and impact society in countless ways, educators have been tasked with preparing the next generation to navigate an ever-changing world. However, teachers are finding it difficult to lay a foundation of science and math skills using just the federal common core standards.
January 13, 2014 — Education Week — “Federal Hearing Highlights Private-Sector Efforts to Promote STEM Education”
At a recent meeting of a U.S. House subcommittee that oversees science education (among other things), the heads of STEM education programs and several high school students discussed private-sector efforts to engage young people in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. "With the federal government spending nearly $3 billion dollars across 13 federal agencies on STEM education programs each year, we must ensure the government is leveraging rather than duplicating private sector STEM education initiatives," said Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, in prepared remarks at the Jan. 9 hearing. That panel is part of the House science committee.
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