Here's Why STEM Education Is an Empowering Experience For Girls
The phrase "like a girl" is undergoing a transformation. What was once an insult is now a compliment -- and it's thanks to partnerships like Always & Walmart Live #LikeAGirl in collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). Together, they are on a mission to encourage girls' confidence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and change the face of these industries.
To attract and retain women in tech, bias education is prerequisite
As a multiracial female scientist who grew up in rural Lynden, Whatcom County, Barber DeGraaff is committed to smashing the public’s stereotypical idea of who a scientist is. “In the sciences, we’re taught to be objective and above our biases, but we’re not,” she says. “To get more women into tech, the students need programs encouraging girls to get involved early, but another layer needs to be faculty awareness and fellow student awareness on discrimination and bias – both gender and race.”
You Can't Beat Robots So Work With Them
Robots and artificial intelligence are already taking over jobs from people, so many schools are teaching cybersecurity, programming and robotics to provide students with employable 21st century skills.
How Should We Prepare STEM Teachers?
As the modern world becomes increasingly digital, it will be paramount to create a new generation of innovators in the STEM field. The first step toward creating a more innovative collection of workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics begins in the classroom. Teachers must be properly trained to facilitate STEM lessons to their students and pique their interest from an early age.
For early participants of Girls Who Code, the program's impact is indelible
As of 2017, Girls Who Code had served more than 80,000 girls and now offers more than 5,000 programs. Its summer immersion program, a free seven-week classroom experience located on university campuses or at big tech companies nationwide, and its club program, which meets two hours after school in cities across the country, are just two examples of those programs.
How to get students interested in STEM
Many factors contribute to this disinterest in STEM. Lingering perceptions that science pertains to only certain groups of people and that science is not cool discourage students from showing interest. Students have limited exposure to STEM professionals to serve as role models, particularly in the early school years when they are forming ideas about what they want to become. Schools often struggle with science faculty and materials shortages, lackluster lessons, and a shortage of time to dedicate to the investigative and iterative processes that define science and engineering.
Whose Responsibility Is It to Facilitate Digital Equity?
The major disparity is both shocking and widespread. One of the most prevalent issues is that children from low-income families are four times more likely to be without internet than their middle-income counterparts. This limits their ability to perform research, complete school projects, and perform other assignments issued by teachers.
Teachers Can Make Sure STEM-Related Lessons Are More Than Just Cool Projects with a New NSTA Book
Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons provides 13 ready-to-use lessons in physical science, life science, and Earth and space science. To fulfill the authors’ promise to be both relevant and exciting, the lessons have titles such as “Cell-fie” and “Aircraft Catapult.” But the lessons are more than just cool projects. All correlate with A Framework for K–12 Science Education, take a constructivist approach, and operate within the 5E instructional model.
Practical Implementation of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Model
The driving principle behind the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is that every young person should have access to a rich ecosystem of connected learning opportunities--in and out-of-school--in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These Ecosystems are cultivated through cross-sector partnerships, which may include preK-16 schools, after-school and summer programs, science centers, museums, corporations, non-profit organizations and more.
In Tackling Gender Inequality in STEM, Considerations of Culture
Despite its dismal reputation for gender equality, Saudi Arabia has a surprising level of female graduates in the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Ranked among the bottom 20 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index in 2015, women nonetheless made up 39 percent of graduates in a cluster of “core” STEM subjects.