The relative unemployability and uncertainty associated with degrees in the humanities has been a popular trope for decades. It used to be the business of the philosophy major’s parents to try to steer their child toward computer science, but now state legislatures are doing their part to influence students’ career choices.
So, what should we as a nation do to address the challenge? First, every secondary school in America should be required to offer computer science, and those classes should count toward core science or math high school graduation requirements. We must also make sure there are robust and sustained programs to train and recruit high-quality computer science teachers.
The ever-inflating Internet of Things (IoT) could get a boost in the form of federal assistance under a bill just filed in the U.S. Senate.
Carter discussed innovation programs between DoD and the private sector, the department’s innovation initiatives, data security, cyber security and the accelerated campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Taking risks and being willing to fail to progress is imbued in the innovative community, he said.
How does a company as large as Microsoft keep its innovative spark alive?
In the last few years, the “maker movement” has become a marvel in American schools through Maker Faires featuring homemade robots to after-school programs that teach kids to code -- to entire schools geared around the art of tinkering. Maker-centered education, so the narrative often goes, could have profound benefits for students hoping to find work in a STEM-related job.
Districts in the League have committed to developing thoughtful, long-term solutions to overcome the obstacles that many populations of students face one of the world’s most important languages.
I believe technology will transform what classrooms look and sound like, how teachers teach and how and what students learn. I am not alone in thinking that way –educators, innovators, entrepreneurs have consulted with and advised parents, teachers and superintendents to make this case.
This month we recognize and honor the many achievements of women scientists and engineers in celebration of Women's History Month. The National Science Foundation (NSF) was founded in the aftermath of a world war, one that brought women into the workplace in far greater numbers than ever before.