Retaining Women and Minorities at STEM Companies

Plenty of outreach efforts have been focused on sparking an interest in STEM among elementary and middle-school students, and academics and industry leaders alike have carefully tracked the number of degrees in science, technology, engineering and math awarded to women and minority students. But what are employers doing to recruit and retain those hires in the short term?

Getting an Early Jump on STEM

Experts say early education is key to closing achievement gaps, and that teaching children about STEM topics even before kindergarten can help them be successful in school later on. Panelists shared how they involved young children in STEM learning, how much students were capable of at an early age, and how educators can develop better skills to be able to teach children how to approach problem-solving.

STEM for Single Moms: 'Competency-Based Programs' Offer Flexible Path

A growing array of online and part-time college courses are helping more working adults find new jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math fields – and helping STEM companies make sure they find skilled candidates to fill open positions. "We were missing one key demographic, and that was the working adult who seemed to have life issues and could not commit to the typical 16-week semester...

Educators, advocates see increased importance in US STEM education

When it comes to education reform in the United States, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is the term that is usually at the tip of the tongue of every policy maker, teacher, or school advocate. For its detractors, STEM is a buzzword for more standardized tests or a de-emphasis on humanities education. For its proponents, STEM signifies an increased dedication to making American schools globally competitive — preparing students for a job market that is becoming increasingly more reliant on science and technology skills.

What I Learned By Asking 100 School Kids About The Future Of Work

I really didn’t have any expectations, save for feedback like ‘flying cars’, ‘moon based offices’, like a cross between the Jetsons and Star Trek. What I got back was so grounded and well thought out its made me challenge just how we seem to approach our own thinking about the future.

To build a STEM workforce, listen to the scientists

A solid majority of scientists surveyed (53 percent) said hands-on experience — such as internships and summer jobs — was the most important factor in landing a full-time STEM job. In fact, they report it was more important to their careers than the reputation of their college, their degree or their career networking. Consider that for a moment. Some of America’s best scientists say that neither the reputation of their college, the credibility lent by their degree or years of career networking could match the transformative power of being exposed to the real-world application of science early in their lives.

Federal funding for science and engineering at universities down 6 percent

Federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 science and engineering academic institutions in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The figure represents a 6 percent decline in current dollars from the previous year, when agencies provided $31 billion to 1,073 institutions.

Common Core: A Spark for STEM

Ambitious new national science standards, building atop nationwide math and English standards, can play a role in spurring investment and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math education. "The standards are the best hope of laying out expectations that the country understands are expectations for everyone," said Delia Pompa, senior vice president of programs for La Raza, a Latino advocacy group.

The 'Holistic Approach' to Integrating STEM, Common Core

Integrating Common Core education standards involves integrating once-disparate school subjects with one another, experts said Tuesday at the 2015 U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in San Diego. “Thinking about the standards as being integrated really can push you,” said Thomas Smith, dean and professor of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California—Riverside.

NSTA Legislative Update—ESEA (No Child Left Behind) Reauthorization Bill Scheduled for Senate Action July 7

As reported in the April 17 NSTA Legislative Update, thanks to the leadership of Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Patty Murray (D-WA), an amendment to include a dedicated STEM K-12 program in the Every Child Achieves Act was adopted (by a vote of 12-10) when the bill was considered by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. This will ensure that states would continue to receive dedicated support for STEM activities from the U.S. Department of Education.

Building a STEM Ecosystem

It's not enough to just bring STEM education into the classroom each day -- learning takes place outside of school, too. By bringing together educators, administrators, businesses and community organizations, leaders can create a "STEM Ecosystem" that helps students learn after school and in their local communities, experts said during the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in San Diego on Tuesday.

STEM Role Models: Lighting the Way to Career Success

When it comes to succeeding in STEM, for many it's about marrying real-life opportunities to the passions of childhood. In a keynote panel Tuesday at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in San Diego, workers representing various STEM jobs shared the experiences that led them to their careers, and how they discovered what their passions were.

Take STEM From the Classroom to the Boardroom

For some students, one of the biggest obstacles to pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics is a lack of a way to picture themselves doing the jobs in real life. A panel of STEM industry and education experts discussed how businesses can partner with schools and communities to better engage students in STEM and ensure that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the workforce.

Engaging Parents in Kids' STEM Education

Though much of teaching around STEM occurs in the classroom, that isn't where students spend most of their time. It is the time they spend outside of school that can be most valuable in helping them learn about STEM careers and how they can solve problems – and that's where parents can help to inspire, support and develop their children's learning.

Time to Build a STEM Workforce as Diverse as America

In America today, we need more Erick Apontes. We need to build a workforce that looks like America, one that fully represents our diverse populations of women, Hispanics, African-Americans and other minorities. In today’s global innovation economy, our country and our economy can only succeed when we create a pipeline that supplies the best talent and the best ideas.


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