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Rep. Kennedy and Latino STEM Alliance push for equal access to job training education

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III joined the Latino STEM Alliance on Monday for a roundtable regarding expanding access to education in science, technology, education and math fields. The collaboration took place following the reintroduction of Kennedy’s STEM Gateways Act, which would ensure that federal STEM efforts are put toward reaching minorities, women and low-income communities, according to a Monday press release.

African Americans underrepresented in STEM classes

The new report by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 advocacy and outreach groups, said that less than 3 percent of Blacks have earned a degree in the natural sciences or engineering fields by the age of 24 and that the STEM labor force is projected to grow by 2.6 million jobs over the next five years. Researchers said that more than half of those jobs will go to people with bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

Esty bill on tech education passes House

The House on Wednesday approved legislation co-authored by Rep. Elizabeth Esty that would expand computer science and other tech-related education in the K-12 years. “The STEM Education Act of 2015 supports teachers who are preparing students to be the engineers, manufacturers, and scientists of tomorrow,” Esty said on the House floor shortly before the vote.

Not just for future scientists: STEM education nurtures creativity, teamwork and problem solving

Although STEM education is recognized as a crucial way to spark students' interest in innovation and technology, there remains a perception that it only focuses on a few areas of study and does not expose students to more creative activities or job fields, like visual arts, music or writing. However, STEM education helps children develop several crucial skills outside of an interest in science, especially at the elementary level, and these skills can be applied across most areas of study.

Code like a girl

As part of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) yearlong focus on diversity, experts from computer science, engineering, and education gathered to discuss why the underrepresentation of women and girls, as well as African-Americans and Latinos, is so common. The participants also identified the barriers that often stop more women and girls from entering STEM fields, and offered ways to overcome them so women have the same access to career paths as men.

STEM Behind-the-Scenes in the Film Industry

Digital platforms and multimedia software, computer-generated special effects and 3D renderings, and advanced video, audio, and lighting technologies explain why STEM skills are highly valued in this non-traditional STEM industry. Get in Media lists dozens of film (and TV) careers in which STEM talent is expected. Here’s a sampling:

Mentor girls for STEM

For many years, business leaders, politicians, and feminists have lamented the dearth of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). There is undoubtedly much more work to do in addressing the imbalance, but recent trends, as well as initiatives like this Thursday's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, represent exciting progress in bringing more women into these high-demand fields.

NASCAR interjecting race cars in school lessons to encourage math, science learning

As part of the initiative, NASCAR partnered with publisher Scholastic Corp. to develop fact sheets and quizzes primarily for middle school teachers focused on aerodynamics. An example of topics addressed: Why can race cars in a drafting formation lined up behind each other go faster than cars moving solo? (The answer is that the air acts like a vacuum and sucks trailing cars forward; leading cars also get a boost because the trailing cars push high-pressure air over the leading cars' spoilers.) About 7,400 kits will be mailed to teachers initially, but teachers can also go online to download the material and view online demonstrations.

America’s First National Math Festival Comes to D.C. on Saturday, April 18; Invites Families to Discover the Delight and Power of Mathematics in Daily Life

The free public celebration, organized in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution, will feature more than 30 unique performances, interactive exhibits, and lectures, with activities to engage toddlers through lifelong learners. Events will take place at the Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden, the S. Dillon Ripley Center, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African Art, and the Freer and Sackler Galleries, among others.

Inequity persists in science, technology, engineering and math education for students of color, women

“Today, only 2.2 percent of Latinos, 2.7 percent of African Americans, and 3.3 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives have earned a first university degree in the natural sciences or engineering by age 24,” the report says. “Women make up the majority of students on college campuses today and about 46 percent of the workforce, but they represent less than 20 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients in fields like computer science and engineering, and hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs.”

Legislation introduced to invest in STEM educators

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. Mike Honda (DCalif.) introduced a key bill earlier this month to help prepare students across the country for jobs in today’s economy by investing in educators who teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. The STEM Master Teacher Corps Act would offer career advancement opportunities and pay boosts to the best STEM teachers. The Corps members will, in turn, mentor other teachers and share best practices with the STEM education community to improve the ability of all teachers.

U.S. Millennials Rank Among Lowest-Skilled Tech Workers in the World

Despite having a higher rate of educational attainment than any previous generation, U.S. millennials (between 16-34 years of age) ranked lower than most of their international peers in literacy, mathematics and technology problem solving in a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

CT, IL, NH, TX Budget Proposals Support STEM, Workforce, Research

Governors in Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Texas revealed their budget proposals, with commonalities around STEM education, workforce development, and university research initiatives. Governors in two states, New Hampshire and Texas, made growth in the innovation economy a specific priority area of their proposed budgets.

Inspiring Women to Become Technology Designers

Companies need a diverse workforce to strengthen collaboration, problem solving, and innovation. The serious gender gap in technology poses an urgent problem: how do we inspire more women to pursue careers in Computer Science? I believe STEM exposure at all educational levels is key to raising the number of girls and women in Computer Science.

Active learning enters STEM classes

Over the past four years, the University has facilitated annual faculty training and discussions on campus about interactive science teaching methods. Most professors interviewed said they are interested in including or have already incorporated these methods into science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes.

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