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STEM education deemed essential to build 'viable talent pipeline'

September 08, 2019

“Our challenges really come back to the issues of workforce development,” he said during a recent interview with the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST). “Public education is the No. 1 challenging issue we see here in Oklahoma." Building a deeper pool of young Oklahomans equipped with STEM skills is critical to sustainability of the state’s aerospace industry, he said.

National Science Foundation Awards $1.4 Million to Combine STEM and Business Learning

September 05, 2019

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Bentley University a five-year, $1.4 million grant to develop, implement and evaluate curricula for college students that combine STEM and business, with an eye toward unraveling the “wicked” web of sustainability wrought by poverty, hunger, gender equality, climate change, energy use and other complex global issues.

In learning math, there's more than one way to the correct answer

September 04, 2019

Getting math right is a high-stakes proposition in our increasingly STEM-obsessed world. And how to teach it has long bedeviled educators. The pendulum has swung back and forth many times between a conceptual approach that emphasizes critical thinking, to one more grounded in the memorization of formulas...

The most valuable college majors, ranked

September 03, 2019

Bankrate.com’s report on the most and least valuable college majors ranks 162 majors based on degree holders’ median annual income, unemployment rate and whether the major leads to career paths that don’t demand further education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

Rep. Paul Gosar: Get a STEM Degree, Watch Foreigners Take Your Job

September 03, 2019

These degrees cost money. The U.S. has over 44 million people who owe an average of $29,000 in student loans, exceeding $1.5 trillion in combined student loan debt. With this in mind, why would the federal government, through an executive order no less, implement the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Visa, which allows over 250,000 foreign students to remain in the U.S. and work in STEM jobs? Moreover, why would the federal government give financial incentives to hire these foreign students over American students with the degrees and skills?

Cellphone suspensions: Schools lock away digital distractions

September 02, 2019

It was an unscientific experiment by administrators at Anderson Middle School: Take smartphones away from students at lunchtime on Fridays and watch what happens."We found student interaction increased significantly and kids seemed to be much less anxious without their phones and all the notifications," Anderson principal Michael Ross said of the cellphone ban tryout last school year.

Should phones be banned from schools?

August 29, 2019

Starting this year, students at San Mateo High School south of San Francisco will be part of a pilot program looking to find an answer to a question that has vexed educators for years: Does it make sense to ban cellphone use at school?

A Rising Generation of Women Embrace the Sciences

August 28, 2019

Why is there a national, and inter­national, push to involve more women and girls in science, technology, engi­neering and math? The four subjects are critical to answer­ing the world’s top problems, be they climate change, overpopulation or star­vation across the planet, among others. Tricia Berry, of the Texas Girls Collabora­tive Project and an engineering professor at the University of Texas, said the ideas developed by women, along with other underrepresented minorities, would go a long way to solving those issues.

The 15 US colleges that pay off the most for engineering students

August 28, 2019

There are few investments quite as solid as earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for the Class of 2018 was $50,944, and the top-paid graduates were engineering majors.

SAT 'adversity score' dropped by College Board

August 28, 2019

The head of the College Board said Tuesday that the company is dropping the so-called "adversity score" as a supplement to the SAT college admissions test after heavy pushback from critics. Amid growing scrutiny of the role wealth plays in college admissions, the New York City-based College Board introduced its Environmental Context Dashboard about two years ago to provide context for a student’s performance on the test and help schools identify those who have done more with less.

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