STEM

Are we producing too few or too many science and technology grads?

This strange situation—a simultaneous glut and shortage—is what the NYAS report calls the "STEM paradox." Both problems are real, and they're the result of mismatched priorities. As Jeanne Dunn, vice president of Learning at Cisco put it when the report was introduced, when it comes to STEM graduates, "there's a huge imbalance of talent—where they are and the types of things they are skilled in."

STEM and Women….The Next Big Thing

STEM, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, has come to be known as the future focus of education. As the world advances more job opportunities in these fields open up and lie vacant, as there are yet to be qualified people to fill these positions. Kelsey Sheehy and others believe our girls will soon be the ones to take up these jobs as they cannot all be filled by, “white men or engineers from India.”

Fund science; it's key to our economy

Now that Congress is back from its summer recess, members are considering a number of appropriation bills. Priorities are being weighed, and I hope — given our increasingly technological society — scientific research and science education are high on the list.

Lockheed Martin CEO Outlines Technology Priorities

Hewson outlined the Corporations’ strategic technology initiatives, highlighted new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education efforts and challenged the audience to collaborate across the globe, connect technology development efforts to meet future customer needs and help inspire the next generation of technical leaders.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education Launches Friends of Challenger Center Program

 Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) today launched Friends of Challenger Center, an initiative that seeks to grow and expand the resources available for Challenger Center’s education programs.

24 New Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Totaling More Than $35 Million Awarded to Recruit, Train and Support More STEM Teachers

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—to improve student achievement.

6 things you need to know about STEM

STEM -- the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math -- has sparked a nationwide debate about education, gender, immigration and the future of the U.S. economy. Here are six things you need to know about STEM:

Microsoft, frustrated as ever with H-1B policy, considers options

The company’s argument for access to more high-skilled foreign workers seems unaffected by its recent layoffs, even if the number of H-1B workers it seeks next year is potentially smaller than in some previous years. In 2013, Microsoft, for instance, received approval for 1,048 H-1B visas.

Minecraft Spurs Interest in STEM Areas, Commands $2.5B from Microsoft

The Verge spoke with numerous parents who see Minecraft as a good tool for bonding with their children, but also as an educational portal into computer science that could bring the Microsoft brand its next generation of fans. Other factors that make Minecraft so popular with kids are that it is easy to learn and impossible to lose. Parents love that it can teach children about architecture, computer programming, and even hacking.

Utah senator aims to bring computer coding to every student

Utah does not yet teach computer coding in elementary schools, but 14 other states do, said Amber Oliver, vice president of Globaloria, a company that sells curricula used to teach coding. She made a compelling presentation to lawmakers in the Education Interim Committee on Wednesday.

Delaware Math Course Guarantees Students In College Can Earn Math Credits

More than half of Delaware public school students who enroll in the state's colleges must start with remedial courses that don't count toward their degrees, which can delay graduation or lead to them drop out. To fix the problem, state education leaders have worked out a deal with Delaware's colleges and universities so students who pass a new math class in their senior year are guaranteed to start college in a math class that will count for credit.

Study suggests link between ethnicity, gender stereotypes and interest in STEM

The study, which compared white and black women’s participation in and perception of STEM fields, found that black women were more likely than white women to show an interest in studying STEM disciplines when they enter college. The research also shows that African Americans were less likely than white Americans to view STEM programs as masculine, which may help explain why the participation levels vary between the two ethnic groups.

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation Helps Develop the Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow by Supporting STEM Education Today

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation will distribute grants in 2014 to 23 organizations that offer innovative K-12 programs, which focus on science, technology, environmental science and math and serve diverse communities across all 50 states. More information on the 2014 grantees.

What keeps girls from pursuing STEM fields

Every student who has returned to school this fall should have the opportunity to prepare for the rapidly growing job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math–also known as the STEM fields. But many students, especially women and underrepresented minorities, needlessly opt out–or are shut out–of discovering a passion or talent for one of these subjects.

What’s wrong with American grad schools, in 3 charts

Women and minorities still make up a very small portion of students in math and science. Foreigners account for a growing share of the American academy, but work visas are scarce.

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