The Search for Real-World STEM Problems

July 21, 2017

If you want to engage students and get them excited about what they are learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes, ask them to tackle a real-world problem. Then watch their amazement as they realize what they are learning in class actually has real-world applications.

As Connectivity Improves, The Digital Divide Persists in Teacher Tech Preparation

July 20, 2017

While it may seem like more and more schools are embracing technology in the classroom, Education Week’s 20th annual Technology Counts survey has found that schools still aren’t quite reaching the full potential of technology in the classroom, largely because of digital divide issues, particularly around teacher training.

How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy? Less Than You Might Think

July 20, 2017

Dr. Michael Kennedy, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, was relatively sure he knew the answer to this research question: “When making, purchasing and/or adoption decisions regarding a new technology-based product for your district or school, how important is the existence of peer-reviewed research to back the product?” Nevertheless, as part of the Edtech Research Efficacy Symposium held earlier this year, Kennedy created a research team and gathered the data. But, to his surprise, the results challenged conventional wisdom.

Coding Among STEM Careers Women Overlook

July 20, 2017

While women earn 57.3% of undergraduate college degrees, they receive less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in computer science. This is problematic for several reasons. Women tend to pursue degrees that lead to lower-paying jobs – which is one of the contributing factors in the gender pay gap. But certain STEM careers provide a respite from gender inequalities.

Boeing representative encourages STEM curriculum at a young age

July 19, 2017

Implementing the STEM curriculum at an early age is the way to go for Boeing South Carolina, a company executive told the Florence Rotary Club on Monday. In the nine years of Boeing South Carolina’s existence, it has 7,500 employees, and in five years half of the company’s engineers will be eligible to retire, said Tommy Preston, director of Boeing’s national strategy and government operations.

Girls Learn Virtuous Hacking at Tandon School of Engineering

July 19, 2017

Forty-five high school girls are tackling programming, virtuous hacking and digital forensics this week at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. The no-cost program is intended to woo more women into data security. Tandon's population of female students for the coming academic year is 40 percent, compared to a national average of 20 percent among engineering undergraduate programs in 2015, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.

Research offers new hope for gender equity in STEM fields

July 19, 2017

In a study of nine million degree recipients in the United States between 2009 and 2014, Dafna Gelbgiser and Kyle Albert, M.A. ’11, Ph.D. ’16, found that the student population of green fields of study is systematically more gender-equal than other fields of study, both in STEM and non-STEM disciplines. The researchers suggest that because these new fields lack traditional gender norms and stereotypes, they attract a balanced gender population.

Robotics camps provide valuable STEM education for students

July 18, 2017

What could possibly get a bunch of elementary and middle schoolers excited about learning math, science and engineering during the middle of the summer break? Robots! Lots of robots. So that’s what Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering and Nissan North America Inc. are bringing to more than 100 students this summer, including a group of 16 underserved middle schoolers selected through Youth Encouragement Services.

10 Education Technology Trends and How They Will Change Learning

July 18, 2017

With amazing technological progress being the staple of our generation, it’s only natural for both well-established companies, as well as start-ups to introduce students to new ways of learning. This list contains the 10 most promising technology trends that will improve education as we know it.

Find your skill set to succeed

July 17, 2017

As a representative, I often have the privilege of speaking with young people and school groups. My career advice is always the same: Find your sweet spot. Find what you’re passionate about, where you can make a difference, and pursue your dreams with every ounce of effort.


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