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.”

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:

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.

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.

What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM

Physics is among the least diverse of the sciences, with only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees going to women and fewer than 10 percent to underrepresented minorities. The field needs to catch up to biology and chemistry, which have almost closed the gender gap at the undergraduate level.

The MOOC Gender Gap

To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one.

Women tech leaders call for changes in STEM education, perceptions

The only answer to this pressing challenge, according to a group of women technology leaders from government and industry, is to adjust the education system so that children — especially girls — are taught at a younger age that STEM subjects are both cool and important to society.

The Lack of Women in STEM Is a National Security Issue

Part of the key to overcoming that disparity, the NGA's Ellen McCarthy said, is continually showing young girls the options available to them in different fields, and engaging them in occupations that might be more meaningful.

As Education Costs Rise, Miss America Scholarship Program Leads Way

Along with the 53 contestants vying for the crown, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, who herself received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in brain, behavior and cognitive science, visited the city to help promote Miss America’s education and empowerment mission and share their own exceptional journeys.

Meet new U.S. technology czar Megan Smith

Smith was most recently the vice president of the Google[X] "moonshot lab," and before that, she spent nine years as the company's vice president for new business development. At Google, Smith also spearheaded efforts to bring more women into the technology sector, and some industry watchers are already hailing her appointment as a victory for women in a sector that can often be male-dominated.

What Women in Engineering Are Saying in the South

What does a discussion among women engineers sound like in U.S. Southeast? The South is not a region identified as a hub of STEM careers for women, but the massive influx of international manufacturers and their vendors has rapidly changed the landscape.

How to Get Girls Into Engineering? Let Them Build Toys

Two Women Launch a Startup Aimed at Giving Girls New Options (and Maybe New Futures). In May 2012 they launched a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the development of their toys, which they dubbed Roominate. The idea: Girls get a set of pastel-colored pieces that they can assemble into a building or any other type of structure. Once the building is built, they can decorate it with the included paper and other embellishments and use the motor to add electrical appliances, fans or anything else that uses power.

Where are the women inventors? Right in front of us

Jobs. Zuckerberg. Williams, Glass, Dorsey and Stone -- or should that be @evan, @noah, @jack and @biz? Einstein. Tesla. Logie Baird. These are the names that will live in holographic halls of fame as icons of innovative thought for eons. There is one small, but not insignificant issue, in this Hall of Wonders. Where are the women?

Engineers toy with science in building doll company

If a University of Illinois engineering student and a recent graduate are successful, girls soon will be accessorizing their dolls with science safety goggles and lab coats instead of hair bows and purses.


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