Society, STEM, and AI

December 12, 2019

Experts converge at Carnegie Mellon University, the birthplace of artificial intelligence, to discuss how AI can transform STEM education and workforce development today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Expanding Female Engagement In STEM Can Prepare Industries For The Fourth Industrial Revolution

December 12, 2019

Companies across a spectrum of industries, from healthcare to retail to banking, face a common issue: building a skilled workforce ready to handle the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This technological movement will drive new discoveries in artificial intelligence (AI), rapidly changing how we learn and work.

Getting started with computer science

December 12, 2019

Want to join in the Computer Science Education Week fun but don’t know where to start? No worries -- we got you covered. Read on for some practical tips, tricks and ideas from other teachers around the country on how they’re integrating computer science into their classrooms.

House Passes Bill to Boost STEM Access for Minority Students

December 11, 2019

The House of Representatives passed legislation to make STEM education and research funding more robust and accessible to students at tribal and historically black colleges and universities, as well as at minority-serving institutions, or MSIs. The MSI STEM Achievement Act, introduced by Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Frank Lucas R-Okla., in September, passed by a voice vote Monday and moves to the Senate for consideration.

Inspiring the Cyber Workforce of the Future... One Celebration at a Time

December 11, 2019

Computer Science Education Week is aimed at inspiring students to discover computer science activities and careers, and our National Laboratories will be holding a number of activities to highlight DOE’s efforts, including increasing access to computer science education, building computational literacy, and growing the cyber workforce of the future.

Feminist Computing and The End of Binary Thought

December 10, 2019

Categorizing concepts through binary thinking lies under the belly of the deeply rooted institutions within the field of computer science and technology. And unfortunately, the this-or-that distinction established by the binary code could easily be translated to us-or-them. This has translated to widespread discrimination across the STEM fields, but the gendered tropes underpinning the conversation around computing may be causing even the most forward-thinking minds to miss the forest for the trees.

Why Teachers Need to Incorporate Physical Computing into Computer Science Lessons

December 09, 2019

Many of the lesson plans taught in computer science courses and during CS Ed Week have students coding and programming via computer games and online, which means they are only interacting with a computer screen. Although an important part of the computer science learning experience, there’s even more opportunity when you add in the physical elements.

STEM Opens Doors For Native American Students

December 09, 2019

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to harness the full potential of STEM to tackle climate change, address public health challenges and advance technology. And there’s a growing recognition that we won’t be up to the task if we don’t ensure all students have access to foundational math training, authentic STEM learning and high-level, career-relevant STEM courses. Right now, students of color and low-income students are too often shut out of these learning opportunities - too often because the courses and other opportunities are never made available to them.

Moving toward a more culturally competent STEM

December 08, 2019

Also called ethnic studies or culturally responsive teaching, cultural competence in education is a way of focusing on a diversity of cultures, rather than a single narrative, to expand teaching in the classroom. Increasingly, educators are incorporating it within all subject areas, including STEM.

Ten Facts About the State of the Economy for U.S. Workers Without College Degrees

December 04, 2019

Relatively few of the benefits of economic growth in the last decade have gone to less-educated workers. The median inflation-adjusted salary for a worker with a high-school degree who has not attended college increased by less than 1 percent from 2008 to 2017 (inching from $37,596 to $37,960). Moreover, non-college-degree workers earn just 56 percent as much as the median worker with at least a bachelor’s degree.


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