‘Wearable Technology’ Curriculum Aims to Fuel Interest in STEM

Sensor-embedded shirts. Bluetooth-enabled shoes. Camera-equipped glasses. The age of “wearable technology” has arrived, and with it a potential avenue for engaging elementary students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NSF Grant To Help Georgia State Professor Develop Computer Science Curriculum

Georgia State University officials say a professor will use a grant to develop curriculum to bring computer science to urban elementary school classrooms. Officials say associate professor in the GSU college of education Caitlin McMunn Dooley has been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Chevron puts $20M into educating, training Appalachian workers

Chevron is spending $20 million on the launch of a STEM-focused program dubbed the Appalachia Partnership Initiative. The program is designed to “improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.”

Candidates this November are studiously ignoring an issue that affects 50 million kids

Education, the polls say, is a perennial worry for voters. More than three-quarters of the public give America’s public schools a “C” or lower; 58 percent think K-12 education is on the wrong track; Gallup found earlier this year that 81 percent of Americans called “extremely important” for the president and Congress to address.

Building the Next Generation of Female IT Professionals

One approach that's working according to Angie Schiavoni co-founder and executive director of CodeEd, a non-profit program that teaches computer science to girls from underserved communities, is starting in middle school. "The idea is that we partner with schools, businesses and with other social programs serving low-income girls to provide teachers - who are volunteers - computer science courses, and computers," says Schiavoni.

Problem Solving Skills Needed Now

What makes STEM graduates valuable to society is their ability to solve problems, in particular that include calculations. In order for people to learn these techniques they have to have their brains actively engaged. Just as I can't learn how to play basketball by watching people play basketball, students can't learn how to solve problems by watching others solve problems or talk about solving problems. The prerequisites for this are having mathematical abilities.

Empowerment Through Play: Getting Girls Into STEM

We can start enticing young girls to explore their interests in these fields and empowering them when they are younger – possibly through play. By associating STEM with a more playful attitude, it could spark interest and inspiration into the world of STEM.

STEM contests challenge students to make a difference

A growing number of STEM competitions for K-12 students aim to encourage the next generation of young innovators. Sponsored by companies such as 3M, Discovery Education, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, and Toshiba, these competitions challenge students to use technology to solve a key problem in their community or the world at large. In the process, students learn how the STEM disciplines connect to their everyday lives—and they learn how to think like scientists and inventors.

The Country's Newest Education Entrepreneurs Congregate in New Orleans

4.0 Schools is a non-profit education innovation lab based in New Orleans and New York City that trains entrepreneurs to build breakthrough solutions  in education. In the past 4 years, they have helped launch over 40 ventures that tackle issues that range from youth unemployment to code literacy.

Support From Future Employers Vital For Women Studying STEM

“In order to get more women in the pipeline and potentially in these organizations, to be creating the future innovations that are going to fuel our growth as a country, you’ve got to have more women graduating with those degrees. So you’re telling employers, here’s a way you can have a direct impact on the future workforce by supporting scholarships for women.”

Geneseo to Award Scholarships to Future STEM Teachers Through $1.2 Million Grant

SUNY Geneseo’s largest-ever single grant -- a five-year, $1.2 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- will provide scholarship support and internships for students planning to teach physics or other STEM disciplines in underserved high schools after earning New York State teaching certification.

Are 3D Printers the Key to STEM Education?

It may seem at first as though a 3D printer is little more than a way to make trinkets. Like a penny embossed with the name of a historic site, or an extruded plastic toy in the shape of a zoo animal, a model skull or a chess piece is nice but doesn’t have much inherent value. But as a connected educator, you know that edtech devices are not an end, they are a means to an end.

New science standards mean more hands-on approach

Supporters describe Next Generation Science Standards as a superior alternative to the current standards, which were adopted more than 15 years ago, because they stress hands-on learning over the memorization of facts. Content also is narrowed, supporters say, allowing teachers to go more in-depth with topics and relay information in a more cohesive manner.

Incentives Help Florida College Students Complete Math Courses, Study Finds

Hillsborough Community College students who were paid cash bonuses were more likely to complete remedial math courses and meet with math tutors, according to a new study from social science research firm MDRC.

The Paradox of STEM Training

Recent statistics seem to point to an overabundance of STEM graduates, and yet there is negative unemployment in some tech careers. Why the discrepancy between supply and demand?


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