In another 10 years the studies of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) could be as pervasive and effective in the K-12 classrooms of America as the use of the blackboard was at the launch of the 19th century.
To visit the Charles County Public Schools in southern Maryland, about an hour outside of Washington, D.C., is to get a sense of what computer science education may look like nationwide in the near future. "Charles County Public Schools has been a leader in providing STEM education for its students," said Kimberly Hill, CCPS superintendent.
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy today announced recommendations for how science and technology policy should be dealt with in the White House for the presidential transition teams at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and other thought leaders offer advice to students on how women in STEM fields can develop skills for navigating life and work. Not that many years ago, Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 was poised to embark on a career in technology, a field long dominated by white men.
Some schools have developed policies on uses of technology that may affect the child’s online behavior in and out of the classroom. Ask the school if they have developed a policy. You and some other parents and community leaders can work together to find resources and interested individuals if there is none.
Apple’s app, called Swift Playgrounds, introduces basic computer programming concepts, like sequencing logic, by asking students to use word commands to move cartoon avatars through a fanciful, animated world.
President Barack Obama has created a 4,900 square mile no-go zone for commercial fishing and other activity off the coast of New England as the first-ever Atlantic marine monument, a move loudly hailed by many environmentalists, but drawing strong protests from the fishing industry as well as causing discomfort among some prominent Democratic politicians whose constituents are affected.
The high-end laptop market for engineering has narrowed recently. Just like with gamers, engineers pose one of the toughest design challenges for laptop makers. Engineering applications need plenty of memory, graphics horsepower, and large screens -- all hurdles in designing stylish, lightweight laptops. The result is something of a trade off between performance and convenience.
Educators and education stakeholders now have access to resources that support STEM teacher leadership.