Diversifying tech starts with ensuring equitable computer science education
Black, Latinx, and Native American professionals are vastly underrepresented in tech fields, representing only 8 percent of the Silicon Valley tech workforce and 15 percent of the national computing workforce. Less than 30 percent are women, and less than 2 percent are women of color. There is little to no racial or gender diversity in the creation of new technologies, business ventures, or in investment, limiting our innovation potential.
How the Gender Gap in STEM Might Get its Start in Elementary School
A new study offers evidence that the disparity might be getting its start in elementary school classrooms. The paper offers data from a single district, but the pattern it uncovers is striking. Girls are less likely to be nominated for, selected for, and continue in the district’s advanced math program. Despite their comparable math scores, the program loses girls at every step -- a phenomenon that could contribute to fewer women entering math-focused fields later in life.
STEM education is important. But discounting the arts would be a mistake
College students are already past the midway point of their semester, and many are taking classes in the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences - fields that many pundits, policymakers and parents believe are a waste of time for our young people.
Edtech purchasing a guessing game for schools, but new data could help
To help schools make sense of the overwhelming number of educational technology products available, a team of education experts have developed an evidence-based resource that will improve the process of edtech acquisition and implementation, a nonprofit group announced last week.
10 Highest-Paying Bachelor's Degrees In 2019
Choosing a college major in 2019 can be a daunting task. In order to plan for the future, anyone considering a four-year degree should consider building a roadmap of their top preferred fields of study. One of the most difficult questions when researching colleges is choosing your preferred degree path, and the financial viability of a major is at the forefront of the decision for many college-bound Americans.
An Astronaut's Guide to Improving STEM Education
Dr. Harris is well-known as an astronaut, but throughout his career he’s also collected an impressive list of STEM credentials, including an M.D., a masters in biomedical science and training as a flight surgeon. Since returning to earth, he's focused on helping others do the same.
Where Are the Black Male STEM Teachers?
Thomas and King are particularly focused on recruiting Black and Latinx men. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that just two percent of teachers are Black men, yet research shows their presence in classrooms matters. In STEM fields, where Blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in the workforce, representation is also critical to help students imagine themselves as scientists, engineers or mathematicians.
Tablets in classrooms are no magic fix
“You can’t simply throw technology at kids and expect positive outcomes,” says Annahita Ball, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and an expert in educational justice and school social work. The new study, published in Children & Schools, shows a decrease in academic motivation for students who participated in a technology-based intervention.
Here's the Degree Employers Really Want You to Have
You need education to land a suitable job in tech. But should you obtain that education via a traditional route (such as a four-year college degree) or a combination of online courses and self-teaching? That’s a complicated question, and the answer hinges largely on what areas of tech interest you as a professional.
Sphero's STEM robotics kit goes on sale
Following a crowdfunding campaign that raised an impressive $1 million earlier this year, Sphero’s STEM/STEAM kit RVR is now on sale. Announced back in February as part of the Colorado company’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign, RVR presents a bit of a change for Sphero in a number of key ways.