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While 5G Is Coming to Our Cell Phones, Our Schools Are Stuck in 2G

July 11, 2019

The newest craze in tech is 5G wireless speeds. All the major carriers are racing to be the first to upgrade their coverage speed, investing up to $1 trillion to develop infrastructure for nationwide 5G by 2020. But while our nation focuses on developing cutting-edge cell speed, we’re leaving behind a far more important need: preparing our students for the new economy.

Why Study Science? The Same Reason You Would Study Anything Else

July 10, 2019

I don't doubt that there are STEM majors who are plodding through their degrees out of a sense of obligation to a future high-paying career-- Lord knows, I've seen them in classes. I don't think they're in the majority, though. Most STEM students have picked their major subject because something about it catches their interest or fires a passion for that subject, not for a future paycheck. This is especially true of those who persevere to the level of graduate study...

America's Best STEM-Educated CEOs? They're The Military's Four Star Officers

July 10, 2019

Among leading chief executives, the senior commanders of the U. S. military stand heads and shoulders above their CEO peers when it comes to STEM education. Compared to governors, big-city mayors, university presidents, major philanthropic foundation heads, press titans and the CEOs of the nation’s biggest companies, it’s the highest ranking officers in the military-the four-star officers-who possess the strongest STEM backgrounds.

Worried about robots taking your job? Study philosophy

July 09, 2019

Indeed, more jobs require expertise in math, science, coding and data analysis. But the Northeastern University and Gallup report suggests this shift toward STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- programs and hard skill training may be short-sighted. While basic training in these areas may be required for entry-level positions, these are also the skills that workers are most likely to further develop on the job as technological advances require.

New University of Arizona Program Geared to Help Veterans Succeed in STEM Fields

July 09, 2019

A new program to support veterans studying in a STEM field is launching at the University of Arizona. Michael Marty, UA assistant professor of chemistry, started researching veterans participation in STEM fields after retired Lt. Col. James Rohrbough joined Marty's lab as a staff scientist. Marty found that graduation rates and persistence in STEM were lower in veterans than in the overall student population.

3 in 4 Schools Approaching 100% WiFi Coverage on Campus

July 09, 2019

Students today are looking for fast, secure wireless connectivity -- a factor that can influence their choice of which college to attend, the report noted. "With student expectations for 'always on' WiFi for any device anywhere, campus networks have become one of the most challenging initiatives for universities today...

The Education Opportunity in Opportunity Zones

July 07, 2019

More than 8,700 newly created Opportunity Zones are now racing to attract a portion of the $6 trillion in capital that may flow under a provision of the new tax law enacted in 2017. The law uses a package of tax incentives to jumpstart economic development in distressed communities by financing local startups, building small businesses, or developing properties--but there are also opportunities for education institutions and workforce-development programs.

Virtual Coding App Addresses Diversity in STEM

July 07, 2019

To address gaps in women and minorities entering STEM careers, Pitsco Education and SmartGurlz are debuting Smart Buddies, a new solution that focuses on third to fifth grade students. The app guides students through a virtual experience in which "buddies" lead them through a series of coding exercises.

How to Fight STEM's Unconscious Bias against LGBTQ People

July 07, 2019

Although few studies on LGBTQ people in STEM exist, the growing evidence is sadly unsurprising. Estimates suggest LGBTQ people are roughly 20 percent less represented in STEM fields than expected. When LGBTQ people persist in STEM, they report more negative workplace experiences than their non-LGBTQ counterparts, and roughly 70 percent of out STEM faculty members report feeling uncomfortable in their department.

Makeblock Motionblock is a useful STEM tool for older kids

July 05, 2019

A few months ago, I reviewed the Neuron Explorer kit from Makeblock. I really enjoyed getting to use it and we’ve since implemented it in our STEM lab at my school. The folks from Makeblock sent me their latest kit for review, and I’ve spent the past few weeks building things to see what I thought. Here’s my review of the Makeblock Motionblock.

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