Congressional Panel Asks: What K-12 Skills Are Needed for STEM Workforce?

August 01, 2017

The STEM workforce is rapidly changing, said James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition, a STEM education advocacy group. Mechanics and technicians--occupations that aren't always popularly associated with a need for computing skills--now require some programming ability, he said. And the jobs pay well.

NASA Releases 'INSPIRE Women Act' Report on Engaging Girls in STEM

August 01, 2017

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chairman of the STEM Education Caucus, today welcomed a report from NASA on their plans and programs to education and inspire the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

'Hyperlinked' is the latest series aimed at STEM for girls

July 31, 2017

Brindak Blake knew how tough middle school could be for girls, so she launched a tween social networking site called "Miss O And Friends." Now in her 20s, she never imagined her idea would be used as the basis for "Hyperlinked," a new YouTube Red series which follows the lives of five young friends.

Are Libraries the Key to Teaching Computer Science?

July 31, 2017

As many education tools go digital, some people have feared that libraries may go the way of the dinosaur. However, the skills that students need to thrive in a modern world continue to adapt, and they need places where they can learn such skills. Libraries have the opportunity to become havens of future-ready skills lessons to meet that need.

Female tech leader suggests girls must be pushed into STEM

July 31, 2017

“Women aren’t getting into technology, not because they don't have an inherent aptitude, but because they're not exposed,” Eaton-Cardone explains. “I always use the analogy of a piano. There's very few kids that, without any exposure to a piano, could be sat down at age 15 and told to play and enjoy it and be able to do it, because they haven't developed the talent and they haven't been exposed to it.

Active Learning Best for Higher-Level STEM Instruction

July 30, 2017

Research published by the National Academy of Sciences reveals that active learning methodologies are more effective in STEM education than the passive method of lectures accompanied by note taking. That’s generally no surprise, falling in line with other studies on exemplar and abstraction learners.

How AI can improve the science of learning

July 27, 2017

We already know that computers have “reshaped” almost every aspect of life. And since education is commonly acknowledged as the groundwork of a civilized and advanced society, the fast-rising AI-driven EdTech programs could offer students better quality education by increasing access to educational resources.

White House looks to Apple's Cook, other tech CEOs to shape STEM education policy

July 27, 2017

Officials in President Donald Trump's office, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, have initiated a campaign to query the country's best and brightest minds about potential STEM education solutions, Bloomberg reports. Specific details are at this point unknown, but the White House group is looking to technology, business and education sector leaders for input on how best to fund STEM programs, the report said.

Trump donates portion of salary to Department of Education

July 27, 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huchabee Sanders handed what she said was a $100,000 check to DeVos at the White House press briefing. The donation will fund a camp to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, DeVos said.

Dems introduce cyber workforce bill

July 26, 2017

Three House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a multi-layered bill aimed at boosting the cybersecurity workforce. The "New Collar Jobs Act," released by Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Matt Cartwright (Pa.) and Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.), would establish incentivized tax breaks for employers offering cybersecurity training, increase funding for a cyber scholarship program and establish a student debt relief program for cybersecurity job takers.


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