Reasons for students pursuing STEM fields are varied, study finds

A new study by Indiana University School of Education researchers sheds new light on the pathways students take to STEM careers, finding that the route is rarely direct. The researchers found respondents cited different influences at different ages as key factors upon their academic and career choices.

Latinas face challenges in STEM

Being a Latina in STEM is a catalyst for a volley of challenges foreign to other demographics, but it also comes with its advantages. The underrepresentation of Latinas in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields is a growing concern within the Latin American community in the United States. With only three percent being represented in STEM fields, they remain a largely untapped pool of potential talent.

Black Girls Stand a Better Chance in STEM

Lots of institutions, both academic and cultural, have taken steps to show girls that not all scientists are men, publishing historical biographies on women in science and adding female scientist Legos to instill the idea that women can be scientists from a young age. But new research indicates that girls exposed to stereotypes about women in STEM elicit different responses from girls of different races.

FedEx Express Completes Donation Of Boeing 727 To Ohio School District

Now that the plane has completed its last flight, it will rest at the Dayton International Airport while it is readied for its second life: a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classroom for area students. The project is a partnership which includes the Dayton airport, Wright State University and Clark State Community College. Eventually it will be moved to a permanent home on Wright State property.

6 Trends Improving K-12 Learning Experiences

In this age of technology and innovation, the K-12 classroom is continually evolving in order to adapt to the times. It's important that teachers keep up-to-date with the latest helpful technology for their students and that parents understand the ramifications of that technology, too. Here are six major classroom trends that are impacting the K-12 learning process:

NASA Selects Student Teams for High-Powered Rocket Challenge

NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Hour of Code to feature ‘Frozen’ characters, the non-profit group that offers a free tutorial in computer programming to students as early as kindergarten, is preparing to unveil its second annual “Hour of Code” lesson, but with an assist from Disney designed to attract more girls to participate.

What Unique Challenges Do New Students Face in STEM Education?

STEM education presents unique challenges to students and teachers alike. For instance, unlike history or even philosophy, the landscape is constantly changing. Many areas of expertise in high demand right now didn't even exist 20 years ago. The volatility of the technology powering many STEM disciplines means students and teachers must stay diligent or else let their education become obsolete.

‘Millennial Women in Tech’ panel talks STEM struggles, successes

At DC Web Women’s Millennial Women in Tech roundtable discussion, eight women offered advice and encouragement for those pursuing STEM careers.

Feds invest $28M more for STEM education

President Obama announced a new partnership Thursday with an array of organizations to invest $28 million to increase the number of math, science and technology teachers in classrooms across the country, at a White House ceremony where the president presented this year’s top national awards for science, technology and innovation.

Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony

President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."

President Obama Celebrates Progress on Educate to Innovate STEM Campaign

At a special event held at the White House today, the President marked the 5th anniversary of Educate to Innovate with several key progress updates showcasing the ongoing momentum of the campaign. NMSI is proud to report that since 2009, it has mobilized $27 million in public and private funds to support expansion of the College Readiness Program to 78 military-connected schools across the country—and the results have been spectacular.

Crisis and Opportunity

The underrepresentation of minorities in STEM fields sets up a large hurdle to future economic growth in the United States. Demographers predict that in less than 30 years, African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos will collectively constitute the majority of the U.S. population.

Girls in Tech Launches the Global Classroom

Call it a new online learning platform that will connect girls across the world access to online courses, tools, and resources to help them improve their knowledge in STEM related fields. The platform is The Girls in Tech Global Classroom and it will launch this December.

CBO examines how fed policy, system changes can spur US innovation

The federal government can change a number of existing policies around research and development, education and tax to spur greater U.S. innovation, a new Congressional Budget Office report said. The report (pdf) released Nov. 17 also examined what changes can be made to immigration policy, the patent system and the regulatory environment.


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