Education

Girl Scouts offer 9 new cyber-related badges

September 16, 2019

Girl Scouts have 42 new badges to work toward this year -- nine of which are cyber-security related. Director of Member Engagement of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Kelly McGraw said: “They’re still earned the same way all the existing badges and awards are earned. How to earn the badges are different based on grade level.”

How STEM Education Must Evolve

September 16, 2019

As millions of students head back to school this fall, it is worth looking at how the education they receive now will prepare them to take on society’s big new challenges. Concerns about personal privacy are growing in an age of increasing digital corporate surveillance, social media platforms have become centralized points of attack for hate-mongers, and we see a deficit of trust in information found online. Technology is emerging as one of the most plentiful sources of new headaches for politicians and voters alike.

Study Says 4 out of 5 Educators & Parents Believe Tech Helps Kids Learn

September 16, 2019

Four out of five educators and 86% of parents think classroom technology, such as laptops, video content, and STEM products, are a crucial part of education. These education technology insights come from a new Consumer Technology Association (CTA) study, which included responses from parents and educators of children in preschool through 12th grade.

Women hold one in five top science and tech jobs

September 15, 2019

While women made up more than 50% of higher education students in those subjects - known collectively as STEM - their numbers fell dramatically with seniority, found a study by the University of Michigan and the New York Stem Cell Foundation. On average, women filled about 40% of assistant professor jobs, 30% of associate professor positions, and 20% of full professor jobs, it said.

Reducing Attrition from STEM Disciplines: Understanding the Student Athlete's Perspective

September 12, 2019

Institutional data show that a significant number of students at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)--a public, rural Historically Black University--who identify as STEM (biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical science, computer, and mathematics) majors in the first year graduate with degrees in non-STEM disciplines. While this pattern of switching from STEM to other majors is true across all racial groups, it is much greater for African Americans and other underrepresented minorities...

Skills Gap Growing as Companies Struggle to Find Capable Talent

September 12, 2019

When asked what’s driving the growing skills gap, the most cited reason (given by 37% of respondents) was that changing technology required a new set of skills. Respondents also said that the necessary skills have to be upgraded often. In fact, 40% of respondents estimated that workplace skills are usable for just four years or less before becoming obsolete.

California students could soon get a Seal of STEM on their diplomas

September 11, 2019

California high school graduates may soon be able to show off their academic success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, with a new seal on their diploma. A bill creating the State Seal of STEM, Assembly Bill 28, passed the state Legislature Tuesday and now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk. He has until Oct. 13 to sign or veto the bill.

A Push for More Technical Workers

September 10, 2019

The National Science Board released a report Monday calling for, among other things, a cultural re-evaluation of America's "skilled technical workforce" -- people who use science and technology skills in their jobs, but don't possess a bachelor's degree. While demand for professions like electricians, welders and autoworkers is projected to rapidly increase, the supply of labor for these jobs is estimated to fall short by nearly 3.4 million workers by 2022.

Higher education institutions play an active role in preparing diverse workers for STEM fields

September 09, 2019

Engineers and scientists routinely push society forward with innovations that contribute to economic growth and make our lives safer, healthier, and more sustainable. Today, the STEM sector is experiencing rapid growth. But as our world faces increasingly complex issues like climate change, cybersecurity, and election interference, the lack of gender and racial diversity within science, technology, engineering and math fields threatens to stall progress toward solutions.

10 awesome books for young girls that encourage and celebrate STEM

September 09, 2019

There’s no question that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) plays a critical role in any child’s education. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to expose kids to and get them interested in STEM is through reading.

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