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Building the STEM Base for the Greater Good

June 05, 2016

It’s imperative to ensure the next generation of women is free to embrace and excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- for their sake and that of the nation, says technology pioneer Linda Gooden. “When you think about the pure potential of technology and becoming a part of that, there is a lot of excitement,” Gooden says, as though addressing young women.

Marking five years of the National Robotics Initiative in Washington, D.C. on June 9

June 05, 2016

The event, hosted by Congressional Robotics Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Rob Woodall and Congressman Mike Doyle, will feature the latest in robotic technologies, as well as a discussion among leading scientists, educators and thought-leaders, and will promote improved public understanding of development of co-robots in the modern world.

The Only Country Where It Is OK to Not Be Good at Math

June 02, 2016

Americans rank last in problem solving using technology. In the 1970s, the US had the most educated workforce in the world. Since 2000, the skills and knowledge of US high-school graduates have stagnated while those of other countries have increased rapidly. That failure to adapt means global employers can get cheaper, better educated labor in many other countries.

Will Senate COMPETES bill narrow partisan gap in Congress over U.S. research policy?

June 02, 2016

As a conservative Republican from the West and a liberal Democrat from the Midwest, senators Cory Gardner (R–CO) and Gary Peters (D–MI) are separated by geography and ideology. But they see eye-to-eye on the need for the federal government to strengthen its support of basic research. In the next few weeks, the U.S.

UTPB STEM Academy students show engineering skills in boat races

June 01, 2016

About 120 fifth- through seventh-grade students participated in what was dubbed the First Annual UTPB STEM Academy’s Cardboard Boat Races. The challenge was to make a boat capable of holding two people that could be paddled across the pool. Middle school math teacher Candi Sikes said 29 teams were involved with an average of four students per team.