Former Astronaut Helps Students Explore Mars Through STEM

Since 2006, the Summer Science Camp, which is part of NJIT’s Center for Pre-college Programs, has enhanced the STEM proficiency of over 9,000 students, increasing their ability to successfully complete university and college program disciplines in the future. “Engineering Your Place in Space” was the theme of this year’s camp, challenging the campers to use high-level thinking skills to design an area in a space station to live and work.

Could small tweaks reap big rewards in math education?

Over the last decade, researchers in cognitive psychology have found that better math education comes from surprisingly simple changes in the way numerical concepts are presented. These insights have the potential to shake up the way math is taught in the classroom, and even move the country up in those international rankings.

Why Is STEM for Girls Important?

Here are some facts about women in STEM jobs... Women fill almost half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, but they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. When asked to draw a picture of a scientist, only 14% of girl students drew a female scientist. 80% of future jobs require a STEM education. People in STEM jobs earn almost double per hour on average. Currently only 10% of high school girls show an interest in STEM.

5 Ways The Tech Industry Is Reshaping the Education System As We Know It

Many also argue that the integration of technology in American students’ core curriculum is not widespread enough. The Education Testing Services (ETS), which administers exams like the GRE, TOEFL and TOEIC, published a report in January focused on the education and job preparedness of U.S. millennials; it revealed that while they are likely more educated than previous American generations, American Gen Y-ers are far behind their peers in other countries in “literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.”

Committee Discusses New Accomplishments in the Exploration of the Solar System

Witnesses discussed the importance of these missions in inspiring students to pursue STEM studies. Dr. Braun said, "Planetary science is one of America's crown jewels. A unique symbol of our country's technological leadership and pioneering spirit, this endeavor has consistently demonstrated that the United States is a bold and curious nation interested in discovering and exploring the richness of worlds beyond our own for the betterment of all. In addition to informing our worldview, these missions are inspirational beacons, pulling young people into educational and career paths aligned with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the foundation of continued U.S. economic competitiveness and global leadership in a world that is becoming more technologically advanced with each passing year."

NASA Astronauts Speak with Ohio Summer Camp Students from Space Station

Summer camp students at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland and students from the city’s MC2 STEM High School will speak with Expedition 44 crew members aboard the International Space Station at 11:40 a.m. EDT Friday, July 31. The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Link found between student's chosen major, parents' income

The study showed that students from high-income families were more likely to major in English and history than their peers, while students from low-income families were relatively more likely to major in law-enforcement. Weeden says that students from low-income families are less likely to be exposed to the arts and humanities and are more likely to pick a major with more job opportunities.

MIT Looking At New Online Education Programs

Exactly what form these online programs would take remains to be seen. In the summer of 2014, an MIT task force recommended expansion of professional and executive education, as well as other online courses that offer certificates for a fee. Currently, there are certificates available for those who complete sequences of MIT courses online in subjects such as aerodynamics, computer science and supply chain management.

Healthcare Opportunities — The STEM Work Force No One Talks About

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, software developer is the most common science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupation with more than 80 percent of STEM workers employed in computer occupations or engineering. But STEM careers are broader than those two occupations. Not only is STEM education vital to the healthcare industry, it’s central to two professions that support healthcare that no one seems to talk about.

Minority high school students learn about STEM through ag program

“The purpose of this program is to get them involved in learning about science, technology, engineering and math – the so-called STEM areas of education – in agriculture,” said Myron McClure, assistant director of the College of Agriculture’s Office of Multicultural Programs, in a Purdue news release. “The program exposes students to the wide variety of career opportunities in the field of agricultural sciences that many students might not have known even existed.”

Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers

This strategy often focuses on the promotion of curriculums around science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with the idea that manufacturers will work hand-in-hand with local schools to create engaging programs that offer real-world insight. While just about everyone agrees with this concept, the reality is that very few are actually putting it into practice. Many manufacturers participate in career days or one-off showcases for students, but there is a lack of sustainable programs that are mutually beneficial (and enjoyable) for both sides.

Engineering a STEM mentoring moonshot

This requires a national strategy, a chief component of which is STEM mentoring by STEM professionals. Why mentoring?  Because students won’t do what they can’t see.  It’s one thing to teach math and science in the classroom.  It’s another thing to build, explore, and engage the incredible world of science and technology that is transforming our society in real-time.  Hands-on learning is the way to get a diverse group of students excited about STEM.

STEM Teaching Needs Reboot

The time for talking is over. A group of research-active science faculty members has called for "immediate change" to improve the quality of university STEM education. That means cutting out the lectures and replacing them with activities that will engage students in learning core scientific concepts and skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

This Great Program Teaches Computer Basics to Low-Income Parents and Their Kids Together

BOSTON - The initiative was launched in 2014 by Tech Goes Home, part of the nonprofit Open Air Boston, which works to expand Internet access in the city’s low-income neighborhoods. TGH trains teachers and administrators at local schools to lead the classes, in which parents are encouraged to ask their kids questions about what they’re doing and learning as they work on the computers. The goal is to bring technology to the pre-K crowd and help bridge the digital divide. In both efforts, parents are key.

Kids learn STEM with LEGO

"LEGOs aren't toys!" 7-year-old Nathan Fletcher scolded a friend as the two played Wednesday at one of the Santa Maria Valley YMCA's LEGO camps. Nathan, a bright-eyed camper who attends Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, said LEGOs -- the brightly colored interlocking plastic blocks -- are pretty much anything you want them to be, which is the whole point of both the toy and the camp.


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