Tech Talent Pipeline links underserved New Yorkers to STEM jobs

The $10 million Pipeline is a government initiative designed to connect schools, city services, the business world and the city’s booming tech sector. ‘Tech is a really important industry,” said Jackie Mallon of the city’s Small Business Services Department. ‘It represents the opportunity for people to have a real, sustainable, living-wage salary.’

STEM Apps Designed by Students

Not surprisingly, students who are already into the so-called STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) are building any number of STEM-related apps. Robert Nay of Utah was 14, in 2011, when he launched “Bubble Ball” which he called a “physics puzzle game, where you will test your ingenuity and thinking skills to get the bubble to the goal.”

Myths about girls' interest in sciences, engineering

Myth: From starting school, girls are less interested than boys in science. Most girls and boys start elementary school with similar positive attitudes about science. The culture around STEM is what turns the girls off as they get older. At our Children's Hospital injury center, we're working to disprove this myth; our large student program recruits the best trainees, and women are well-represented. They have gone on to STEM careers and advanced degrees.

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in the sciences

Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that’s comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, transform the college transcript into a portfolio of things that students have actually created.

SF youngsters learn coding in unique after-school program

In a one-hour after-school program, students in Kevin Robinson’s coding class spend about 30 minutes on a computer and the other 30 verbalizing some of the actions they have learned. "The idea is just to spark their interest and curiosity and aptitude in computers and computer science and coding," Robinson said of the software class, which he first introduced to fourth- and fifth-grade students at Daniel Webster Elementary School in October.

51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. One school in each state, and the District of Columbia, will each receive $20,000* in technology – including a Samsung GALAXY Camera™ 2, ATIV Book 9 laptop and Adobe Elements software – to complete the next phase of the competition.

STEM Jobs-Fixing the Pipeline

STEM workers are highly coveted and communities across the nation are focusing more attention on attracting STEM talent and addressing the skills gap through investing in STEM programs in all levels of education. The stakes are considerable. The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University showed 15 states and the District of Columbia have STEM jobs that account for at least 5 percent of their total jobs.

New Raytheon grants help teachers raise the next generation of engineers

Raytheon Company is awarding 36 Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) Scholarships to teachers in disadvantaged, rural or inner city schools across the country. Each teacher will receive $2,500 towards implementing the innovative EiE curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.

iRobot Releases Programmable Robot for STEM Education

iRobot has found a great use for old Roombas: STEM education. The company announced today that it is selling remanufactured Roomba 600s, as programmable, expandable robots for students and developers.

Girlstart is inspiring underprivileged girls into STEM with the help of FlowPlay

From now until Jan. 5, players of FlowPlay’s online social games, Vegas World and OurWorld, can buy in-game items that will directly fund Girlstart, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit on a mission to empower girls in science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s hoping the extra funding will help more girls see a career in STEM, very much a male-dominated area, as something they can actively pursue.

Math for Drones, Self-Driving Cars Wins Top Student Science Award

Twenty of the nation's brightest high school students descended on Washington, D.C., over the weekend for the 15th annual Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at The George Washington University. Peter Tian, a senior at The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio, took home the $100,000 grand prize in the individual category for mathematical research on pattern avoidance for multidimensional matrices — a subject with applications for how drones or self-driving cars navigate in 3D environments.

Mobile classroom seeks to spark students’ curiosity at York Tech

Samsung Mobile U, a mobile technology classroom sponsored by the global electronics company, has parked itself in front of York Tech’s Science and Technology building this week. The visit, one of only four stops on campuses around the country this semester, is meant to spark student interest in the growing fields grouped together under the name “STEM” – science, technology, engineering and math.

GM Foundation Contributes $2.875 Million to Higher Education

The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $2.875 million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country in 2014 through its University/Organization Partner Program.

4 Ways Chicago Companies Can Create a STEM Workforce for Tomorrow

In hopes of encouraging more Chicago companies to invest in our future as a manufacturing hub and flourishing city, here are four ways you can help create a STEM workforce for tomorrow.

Check Out These Promising Programs in STEM!

Promising Programs have the potential to join the nation's best, most effective programs. Some still need to build partnerships or capacity. Some may need more time to evaluate their results. But all of them have shown that they have a strong vision of success and innovative ideas for getting there.


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