Practical Implementation of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Model
The driving principle behind the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is that every young person should have access to a rich ecosystem of connected learning opportunities--in and out-of-school--in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These Ecosystems are cultivated through cross-sector partnerships, which may include preK-16 schools, after-school and summer programs, science centers, museums, corporations, non-profit organizations and more.
In Tackling Gender Inequality in STEM, Considerations of Culture
Despite its dismal reputation for gender equality, Saudi Arabia has a surprising level of female graduates in the so-called STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Ranked among the bottom 20 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index in 2015, women nonetheless made up 39 percent of graduates in a cluster of “core” STEM subjects.
Bill aims to attract more career and technical education teachers
The bipartisan legislation would create a teacher residency grant program to help address the CTE teacher shortage in schools and help fill in-demand skilled jobs. It would target mid-career professionals in related technical fields, recent college graduates, veterans or currently licensed teachers who want to transition to a CTE focus.
Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever
AI will have its place in teaching and learning, but transparency will be one of the key attributes of its effective application. For example, some students could benefit from a personal assistant who reminds them of upcoming due dates, asks if they need help using a particular tool or feature in an online class, and provides study tips. But students need to know, from the beginning, that this personal assistant is a robot and that their instructor is a human.
If She Can See It, She Can Be It: Girl Scouts Learn STEM at USDA
Getting girls curious about science is essential to the future of the agriculture sector. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24 percent of STEM jobs. At the same time, there is a shortfall of graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment, according to a recent Purdue University study.
Ivanka Trump talks skills training legislation with senators, CEOs
White House senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump discussed legislation to boost skills training for tech careers with senators and corporate executives on Wednesday night, according to a source familiar with the event. Trump specifically talked with lawmakers and business leaders about reauthorizing the Perkins Act...
Blended Learning is Not an Option Anymore
Blended learning has taken the place of factory-style education. This new educational model combines traditional face-to-face education with online learning opportunities in the form of e-courses and collaborative projects with peers and subject matter experts. Advocates of blended learning say that it is less restrictive, more authentic, and offers greater flexibility.
Young 4-H leader makes STEM fun and accessible
Since 2014, HughesNet and 4-H have partnered to help bring access to STEM education to more youth across the country. Their shared belief that all kids, no matter where they live, should have equal access to STEM continues to drive their work. Interested in learning more or finding a 4-H club in your area? Visit www.4-H.org.
3 keys to filling the STEM pipeline
Many educators are familiar with the research suggesting the demand for employees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. For instance, the nonpartisan New American Economy notes that for every unemployed STEM worker in the United States, there were 13 job openings in 2016. That’s up from five job openings for every unemployed STEM worker in 2010.
Increasing Role Models, Fostering Community for Women in STEM
A mentoring program created by women engineering students at Georgia Institute of Technology to train and empower the next generation of girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is bearing fruit, underscoring the importance of fostering community and having role models in order to support women pursuing STEM degrees and careers.