STEM

Once a field of self-taught hackers, cybersecurity education shifts to universities

There's a sea change occurring in how information security is taught. Millions of dollars are pouring into universities to launch cybersecurity programs. While cybersecurity is still an industry that celebrates self-taught outsiders and hackers working for good, the future is sure to bring more engineers and specialists trained in the classroom.

Gender bias in US research funding investigated

At the request of three Congresswomen the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be illegal under US law.There is evidence of gender disparity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) research at US universities and 4 year colleges – women hold only 35% of all tenured and tenure-track positions and 17% of full professor positions in Stem fields.

Non-STEM Fields Increasingly Require STEM Skills

“We’re observing that this term that we use, ‘STEM workforce,’ is really a nebulous term. It lacks any kind of consensus definition,” Dan Arvizu, chairman of the National Science Board and director and chief executive at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said in a conference call Tuesday. “As science and technology have kind of permeated all corners of our economy, the distinctions between STEM and non-STEM jobs in the workplace are beginning to blur.” Download report here.

Female academics combat bias in STEM fields

While the gender gap in academia is often most salient at the student level, equally apparent disparities among graduate students and faculty members are often overlooked. These members of the academic community are further along the “leaky pipeline” — a term that describes the incrementally rising attrition rate of women at each rungup the academic ladder. Only 33 percent of University faculty members are female, an imbalance even more stark in the physical sciences, where women make up 15 percent of faculty.

GLOBE Program Marks 20 Years of Global Earth Science Education

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) science and education program, created on Earth Day in 1995, connects students, teachers, and professional and citizen scientists with opportunities to participate in science data collection by conducting real, hands-on science in their local communities.

What the future of science education should look like

Science is one of those subjects that everybody agrees is of the highest importance but somehow manages to get short shrift when it comes to policy. In the following post, Arthur H. Camins looks at where science education has been and what it should look like. Camins is the director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He has taught and been an administrator in New York City, Massachusetts and Louisville, Kentucky.

University of Maryland Celebrates Grand Opening of New MakerBot Innovation Center

Today, Thursday, April 23rd, the first MakerBot Innovation Center among the Big Ten schools, and the first in the Baltimore/Washington, DC region, is celebrating its grand opening. The University of Maryland‘s new Innovation Center houses an incredible 48 MakerBot 3D printers, all ready for students and faculty to use–and just in time for the school’s 30 Days of Entrepreneurship program.

The Companies Hiring The Most Tech Talent Right Now

At the top of the list is aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin, with nearly 2,000 job openings currently posted, including Instructional Systems Designer, Aeronautical Engineer, and Network Data Communications Analyst. In second place is online marketplace Amazon, which is currently seeking a Design Technologist, Operations Manager, and Embedded Software Development Engineer.

Robo-Palooza shows kids the fun of STEM

Robots are no longer just for boys. Both boys and girls turned out for the third consecutive “Robo-Palooza” at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire on Saturday. Our future relies on innovation, invention and advancing technology,” said Children’s Museum President and Education Director Jane Bard. “Exposing children to science and technology at a young age inspires them to think about their own futures and what might be possible.

Science and engineering graduate school enrollment increases

After remaining essentially flat for the past two years, the number of full-time graduate students enrolled in science and engineering programs rose by 2.4 percent in 2013, to nearly 425,000 students, according to a new InfoBrief from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). NCSES found the increase was largely due to a 7.9 percent rise in full-time enrollment of foreign graduate students on temporary visas.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

Although the practice of flipping STEM classrooms is not necessarily new, the education community has been hesitant to adopt this method. STEMwire also noted that over half of STEM educators surveyed still use lecturing as their primary method of teaching. The major drawback being that many educators prefer teaching in the same way they were taught. But with technology evolving, it is important to reach students where they’re most comfortable. That means bridging the digital landscape.

A-MAN Brings STEM to the Inner Cities

A-MAN (African-American Male Achievers Network) was founded in 1991 and provides year-round, STEM-related programs using laser beams, robotics and computer labs in hands-on activities for students K-12. The goal is to encourage underserved African-American and Latino students to enter STEM careers. Today, A-MAN provides STEM education to students who are 50 percent African-American, 49 percent Latino and 1 percent Asian-American. The nonprofit serves about 1,200 students in Los Angeles County and recently received a $30,000 grant from Edison International.

Why America Has a Shortage of Skilled Workers

It has been at least 25 years since the alarm was sounded on skills shortages in manufacturing and the threat of retiring baby boomers. Just about everyone who follows manufacturing has known about this problem for a long time. So the question is: Why didn’t we invest in advanced skill training before it became a serious problem? The answer is money and the avoidance of training investment.

Senate approves bills to allow Michigan diplomas to be nation’s first with STEM certification

State Senate Bills 169 and 170, sponsored by Sens. John Proos and Phil Pavlov, would allow a student to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their high school diploma. The STEM endorsement could also be visible on student transcripts for future technical training, community college and college application review. If the bills are enacted, Michigan would be the first state in the nation to allow such a STEM certification opportunity.

STEM in the Classroom: 3 Free Resources for Educators

As primary grade educators continue to delve into STEM education they may feel overwhelmed at the responsibility they hold for preparing students to excel in previously underexplored areas like engineering. Teach.Learn.Grow continues to explore STEM with educators and this blog post provides 3 specific resources that are available to primary grade educators as they continue in the quest to actively engage students in STEM.

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