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Sally Ride -- Space Pioneer, STEM Entrepreneur

June 17, 2018

As Ride herself noted in her oral history at NASA, she became aware that after elementary school, “girls move away from science and math in numbers greater than boys do -- not because they’re not good at it and not because they’re not interested in it. This happens for a variety of reasons, most cultural or societal.”

IBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training

June 15, 2018

IBM is pushing congressional leaders to update workforce legislation aimed at helping workers get technical skills necessary from the growing number of technology-related vocational jobs. In a letter, the legacy tech giant, leading a coalition of 400 organizations, urged the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), as well as its top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Schools Choose Hands-On LEGO® Learning Solutions for STEM Skills Development

June 14, 2018

Jun 14, 2018 - Today LEGO® Education announces that schools around the world are taking advantage of hands-on LEGO learning solutions. Together with these schools, LEGO Education aims to engage every student’s natural curiosity, and helps them develop the skills and confidence they'll need in the future.

What the US can learn from Switzerland's successful approach to vocational education

June 13, 2018

The US consistently underperforms on international academic benchmarks compared to other developed countries—a reality that education secretary Betsy DeVos seems intent on changing. DeVos is on a 10-day, multi-stop visit to Europe to learn about apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, and the European K-12 education system.

The Perfect Storm for the Manufacturing Workforce

June 13, 2018

According to research from the Society for Human Resource Management, citing Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the percentage of boomers retiring has doubled over the past eight years and will continue to increase until the last of the boomers reach 65 around 2030. This is particularly challenging for manufacturers. Not only are more than a quarter of manufacturing workers over the age of 55, but the BLS also notes that manufacturers have the highest tenure compared to other sectors.

Why does artificial intelligence scare us so much?

June 12, 2018

When people see machines that respond like humans, or computers that perform feats of strategy and cognition mimicking human ingenuity, they sometimes joke about a future in which humanity will need to accept robot overlords. But buried in the joke is a seed of unease.

Study: Boys' Interest in STEM Careers Declining

June 11, 2018

The Junior Achievement USA and Ernst & Young survey of 13-to-17-year-old students highlights how teens' career choices, educational priorities and economic outlook shifted over a year and how they vary by gender. According to the survey, while boys' interest in STEM dropped by 12 percentage points, girls' interest remained unchanged at 11 percent both years.

Mississippi Becomes Latest State to Reduce Cut Score for Math Certification

June 10, 2018

The state of Mississippi is hoping to fill openings for math teachers by lowering the cut score for its certification exam. The Mississippi Board of Education recently approved a decision to reduce the passing score for the Praxis II Subject Assessment, "Mathematics: Content Knowledge" from 160 to 152 for teachers teaching in grades 7-12.

10 Questions All EdTech Entrepreneurs Should Know How To Answer Without Hesitation

June 07, 2018

Today, teachers have an endless choice of potential edtech products to choose from to meet their classroom needs. And, with ISTE coming up this month in Chicago, edtech startups should be prepared to answer many questions from educators and school administrators. Here are some tips and ideas along with critical questions edtech startups should be able to answer regarding their products and services.

How one organization is changing the STEM education landscape

June 07, 2018

Six years ago, I founded 100Kin10, a national network focused on training and retaining excellent K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. Originally inspired by Barack Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address, we knew that we were preparing to take on a huge and daunting problem; for years, our education system has faced an acute teacher shortage. There simply aren’t enough qualified educators to meet the needs of our students, especially in STEM.

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