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3 ways the private sector can support STEM diversity

June 19, 2019

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make up 47 percent of the labor force, but only 13 percent of engineers are women. Currently, only 28 percent of STEM professions are filled by non-white people. But, by 2050, there will no longer be a majority race. The diversifying population makes it clear that America’s future global competitiveness requires engaging students at all stages of the educational pathway.

STEM teachers are most in need of additional pay

June 19, 2019

Individuals with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are hit the hardest when they choose to enter teaching over other careers in their field. Since the STEM teacher pipeline relies heavily on STEM graduates, the large wage penalty faced by these graduates impacts the size and quality of the STEM teacher workforce.

Technology In The Classroom: The Question Is Not "If" But "How"

June 19, 2019

As California focuses its attention on technology instruction, there is likely to be pushback. Across the country, a heated debate continues about the role of technology in the classroom. This is an age-old argument, which often goes something like this: Reliance on technology hurts learning, weakens students’ minds, and undermines teachers’ hold on their attention.

We Have To Change How We Teach Science For The Future Energy Workforce

June 17, 2019

Scientific literacy - the understanding of scientific concepts and processes - is a major goal of K-12 schooling. The National Science Education Standards, established to guide science education in primary and secondary schools, say the knowledge is necessary “for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.”

Best toys for STEM development

June 17, 2019

Are you looking for quality STEM toys for your toddler -- toys that will nurture an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math? Some of the best STEM toys are actually the simplest toys. Electronic toys that are labeled as educational often do not provide the early STEM educational benefits that simple toys can provide.

Alexa in the Classroom? Amazon's Voice Assistant Leads Kids' Story Time

June 17, 2019

Voice software has colonized smartphones, car dashboards and the living room. If the technology follows the trail blazed by tablet and cloud computing, the next frontier may be the classroom.

Soft Skills And The Liberal Arts Remain Important To STEM Education

June 17, 2019

"The ability to communicate well in spoken language or written language," he said. "The ability to work collaboratively in a team. The ability to think critically and to analyze problems. Knowing how to research, how to find information, how to examine and assess the information, and know what's good information." Many of these skills can come from a standard liberal arts curriculum.

2018 Status Report on Engineering Education

June 16, 2019

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this APLU report examines trends in engineering degrees conferred at national and institutional levels to determine areas of growth among various groups, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering, and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number of underrepresented groups in specific engineering disciplines.

STEM Delivery Kit Brings Science to Doorstep

June 13, 2019

Katie Stephens, a mom and educator, developed MakeCrate, a monthly subscription service that delivers a package with hardware parts and instructions. It challenges kids, ages 11-15, to build and code small devices like robotic cars or alarms.

Virginia Tech Is Investing $1 Billion In An 'Innovation Campus' Right Next To Amazon

June 13, 2019

Virginia Tech is building its newest campus in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, just south of the planned location of Amazon’s site in Arlington. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands made the announcement Monday morning in Alexandria, joined by officials including U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), who hailed the $1 billion graduate campus as a leap forward for technology education in the Washington region.

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