Education

U.S. Department of Education Advances Trump Administration's STEM Investment Priorities

November 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it invested $540 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer science, through discretionary and research grants in Fiscal Year 2019, in accordance with President Trump's directive to foster expanded opportunities in these in-demand career fields.

Ten Ways to Celebrate National STEM Day with NASA

November 08, 2019

National STEM Day is November 8 and the unofficial holiday celebrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education throughout the United States. The day focuses on helping students advance in STEM fields, a priority of NASA as we continue to push the boundaries of exploration and soar into the future. In celebration of National STEM Day, we challenge you to engage and inspire the Artemis generation as we go forward to the Moon by 2024 and continue to innovate in the areas of Earth science and aeronautics.

Inspire Your Students on National STEM Day

November 08, 2019

On Friday, November 8th, teachers all over the United States will celebrate National STEM Day with their students to encourage exploration in science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is crucial for 21st-century students. STEM-related careers are growing 70 percent more than others, and that demand will only increase. As a result, the education world is continuously evolving to implement STEM into the classroom.

All students need and deserve broadband access, education leaders say

November 07, 2019

New technology and increased internet connectivity is reshaping the K-12 landscape, but with many schools still left without broadband access, education stakeholders should pursue initiatives and policies to support digital equity for students, education leaders advocating for broadband access said in Washington D.C. Wednesday.

Bipartisan Bill Will Improve STEM Education in Rural Areas

November 07, 2019

Nearly half of all public schools are considered rural and more than nine million students in the United States--roughly 20 percent of all schoolchildren--attend rural schools. Rural schools face unique barriers to providing STEM education, including a shortage of science and math teachers, high teacher turnover, and difficulty accessing online and computer-based technology.

Senators introduce cybersecurity workforce expansion bill

November 06, 2019

Four members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee from both sides of the aisle introduced a bill Tuesday to expand America's cybersecurity workforce. The Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education Act would enhance existing science education and cybersecurity programs in the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Department of Transportation.

Making the Grade: Robo Wunderkind is the perfect first STEM tool for young kids

November 05, 2019

...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?

Artificial Intelligence + Education = ?

November 04, 2019

Recent technology advances in education are focusing in on personalized learning. Software programs help students learn at their own pace. These programs teach students the material, test their proficiency, then either progress them to new topics or review the material again to develop their understanding of the topic. AI will even adjust how the lessons are taught to each student as it learns each student’s best learning style.

Diversifying tech starts with ensuring equitable computer science education

November 04, 2019

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

November 03, 2019

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.

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