What's Missing from STEM

March 29, 2018

The old rock song goes “don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology.” Unfortunately, that is also a good description of most high school curricula. With science and technology playing an ever larger role in our everyday lives to say nothing of our careers, a large percentage of teachers say they are not teaching Agri-Science. A recent survey sponsored by Bayer and the National 4-H Council revealed that 80% of high school science teachers believe agri-science is important, but only 22% teach it.

More women than men in life sciences but less in STEM

March 29, 2018

Schappach and Zapata-Ramirez are two of 120 women enrolled in WCSU’s biology program, where female students account for about 58 percent of the total. But while women represent the majority of students in life sciences, they are still underrepresented in most of the other STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year at WCSU, women account for just 36.5 percent of those enrolled in STEM programs.

Utilizing career and technical education to bridge the skills gap

March 29, 2018

According to a study done by the Department of Education in 2013, only 6 percent of high school students in the U.S. were enrolled in courses related to a trade or career--compared to 42 percent in the United Kingdom, 59 percent in Germany and 67 percent in the Netherlands. This is unacceptable.

The robot that's teaching kids to code

March 28, 2018

Jett, a coding and programming robot designed for students of all ages, started school this week. The 22-inch-tall, 12-pound interactive learning companion is already teaching students in Texas and New Jersey the critical skills needed to ignite a lasting interest in STEM - without requiring teachers to change a single lesson plan.

Apple aims to school rivals with new iPad, education apps

March 28, 2018

On Tuesday, the company introduced a variety of features tailored for teachers and students while keeping the price for its cheapest iPad tablet unchanged, even as budget-strapped school administrators have been turning to cheaper devices powered by software from Google and Microsoft.

Comparing Apple, Google and Microsoft's education plays

March 28, 2018

Today’s Apple event in Chicago was about more than just showing off new hardware and software in the classroom -- the company was reasserting itself as a major player in education. The category has long been a lynchpin in Apple’s strategy -- something that Steve Jobs held near and dear.

Apple unveils Everyone Can Create curriculum to spark student creativity

March 28, 2018

Building on its 40-year history in transforming education, Apple today announced a new 9.7-inch iPad with support for Apple Pencil1 and programs designed to spark student creativity and inspire them to succeed. Everyone Can Create is a new, free curriculum that makes it fun and easy for teachers to integrate drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into their existing lesson plans for any subject.

Student loan forgiveness gets one-shot, $350M boost

March 27, 2018

If you thought or were told you didn't qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program because you were not enrolled in a qualifying repayment plan -- typically an income-driven plan -- the Department of Education might still let you erase your loans.

HBCU, Tech, Political Leaders At 'Day of Action'

March 27, 2018

The Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics Caucus hosted technology companies and HBCU presidents and leaders on Capitol Hill for the first HBCU STEAM Day of Action.

NSF Grant to Cover Master Degrees in STEM Teaching and Bonuses

March 26, 2018

A six-year project at the University of Houston will develop, mentor and retain 30 STEM teacher-leaders in high-need school districts. The $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation will cover tuition and fees for teachers working in middle and high schools to earn their master of education degrees with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math...


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