...the paradox of choice is a common problem I have with a lot of these types of kits, but the Robo Wunderkind kit takes a hard stance to avoid that. The kit comes in two options: 17 pieces or 23 pieces. I love that model. Instead of telling kids they can create 1000s of possible combinations using hundreds of pieces, you can go to a child and say you have 23 pieces: what can you do?
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.
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.
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.
Since World War II, the United States has set world technological standards in computing, biotechnology, aircraft design, networking and software, Brown said. "Imagine what the world would look like if China were setting standards in game-changing technologies like hypersonics, quantum sciences, autonomy, artificial intelligence, 5G, genetic engineering and space, "he said, noting that except for hypersonics, they’re all also important for economic prosperity, not just military overmatch.
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.
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.
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.
It’s never too early. This includes reaching out to kids in kindergarten through second grade to create the earliest of worker pipelines. “That’s when they’re deciding what to be when they grow up,” said Barbara Hopkins, who’s working on one of several pilot projects that the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute/BioFabUSA is funding.
Small and mid-sized institutions play a significant role in strengthening the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pipeline among underrepresented students, according to a new report by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).