Education

Revived Bill Would Grant STEM Visas to U.S.-Educated Immigrants

October 08, 2017

Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Sept. 28 reintroduced the Startup Act, which would grant more visas to immigrants in the STEM field. “This bipartisan legislation would reduce barriers to growth, encourage investment in new businesses, improve the regulatory process, keep talent here in the United States and accelerate the commercialization of university research that can lead to new ventures and the creation of good-paying jobs in Kansas and nationwide,” Moran said in a statement.

Ivanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech

October 05, 2017

“Given the high and increasing demand for workers with computing skills, it is imperative that all of our students, including women and minorities, have access to computer-science education,” Trump wrote in The New York Post.

Filling the pipeline for computer science teachers

October 04, 2017

As state and local educators adopt new computer science requirements for their students, they are stymied by a lack of qualified teachers. “There is a need to get at least one [computer science] teacher in every school in this country, [but] right now there’s usually only one in a district,” says Cameron Wilson, chief operating officer and president of the Code.org Advocacy Coalition in Seattle, Washington, which promotes computer science education.

E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

October 04, 2017

E-rate provides schools with the bandwidth they need to take advantage of mobile computing devices and to support digital-learning classrooms with online videos, cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools, and online testing. Recently, the government attempted to streamline and simplify the application process with a new online application portal, but it remains a challenging process with stringent deadlines and rules.

A teacher's tips on how to get kids excited about STEM

October 03, 2017

"We are increasingly asked to make decisions on issues such as health care, environment, food, and energy where a solid foundation of STEM knowledge is essential," said Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School. "Unfortunately, we have yet to commit the time and resources to STEM education to ensure all students of New York State acquire these skills."

India's IBM conquest is an ominous sign for American industry

October 03, 2017

While India is flourishing under the outsourced labor market scenario, the U.S. worker finds himself competing on an unfair playing field. It costs roughly $100,000 to produce a competent software engineer in the U.S. The average cost of producing a software engineer in India is roughly $20,000, with the Indian government picking up the tab in many cases.

A 'New Normal' in STEM Teaching?

October 03, 2017

Science instructors increasingly are moving beyond the lecture to more innovative -- and effective -- teaching methods. But professors with a taste for change often enact it alone, as their colleagues continue to lecture.

Teaching kids to code isn't just about tech jobs--it's about preparing for the future

October 02, 2017

Learning to code teaches kids the mental discipline for breaking down problems logically and then solving them—a skillset that everyone can use. “We don’t expect all students to become computer scientists,” says Troy Williams, computer science integration manager at Chicago Public Schools. “But all students, no matter what their career [goals], can benefit from computational thinking.”

About a third of Americans would tell a high schooler seeking career advice to enter a STEM-related field

October 02, 2017

Americans tend to differ over the best career advice to give high school students, with younger adults urging them to follow their dreams and older Americans telling them they should enter occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May.

STEM education and broadband access are key to software job growth

October 01, 2017

On the national level, software contributes $1.14 trillion to U.S. GDP and supports more than 10 million jobs. Software directly created 2.9 million jobs in 2016 – good-paying jobs covering everything from the obvious ones, like software developers and web designers, to the less obvious, like project coordinators, administrative assistants, and accountants.

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