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Senators introduce bill seeking to help international STEM students to work in US

June 12, 2019

On Friday, June 7, 2019, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019. The bill provides a path for international students studying at a U.S. institution for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advanced degrees to stay and work in the U.S. by exempting students who have criteria-approved job offers from the Green Card cap.

Preparing kids for the future by making STEM subjects fun

June 11, 2019

Leo and Elise Silva are both the oldest children in large families, so they have always been involved in teaching children. As professionals, Leo Silva went into the automotive industry and Elise Silva became a teacher. So when they were looking to start their own business and discovered Engineering for Kids, it seemed like a perfect match for them, and they opened a franchise in Las Vegas.

Taking the Future of Manufacturing Into High Schools

June 10, 2019

Robots could eliminate 75 million jobs globally by 2022 and create 133 million others, according to a World Economic Forum report released last year. Global manufacturers could also face a potential shortage of 7.9 million workers by 2030, warns a study released last year by the consulting firm Korn Ferry.

Wisconsin needs more kids to take computer science. Can a Microsoft program help make that happen?

June 10, 2019

TEALS is one of Microsoft’s answers to a serious shortage of computer science professionals in the U.S. By 2020, the nation will only have about a third as many computer science grads as it needs, according to projections. There are more than 6,500 open computing-related jobs in Wisconsin alone, according to Code.org, which advocates for more computer science training.

Lack of STEM teachers means fewer graduates for critical roles

June 10, 2019

Efforts are underway to bring more STEM teachers into the classroom. The 100Kin10 initiative, for example, is working with academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations and companies to put 100,000 STEM teachers in classrooms by 2021. But despite these efforts to fill STEM teacher vacancies, the gap persists.

Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities

June 10, 2019

Her mentee, a Latina undergraduate student majoring in biology, was seeking opportunities for lab experience, and shared that she was struggling to find the courage to request a letter of recommendation from a course professor. Her reason, Castruita recalls: “I just don’t feel like my professor thinks I deserve it.”It dawned on Castruita that, as a minority in STEM, she, too, could be hamstrung by doubt about how she felt people perceived her.

Computers in the Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good-If They're Overused

June 09, 2019

Initiatives to provide every schoolchild with a laptop or tablet computer have, to date, been well-publicized failures. And perhaps they were bad ideas to begin with. Computers can certainly be effective tools for teaching children of certain ages specific subjects. But a large new study suggests their presence in the classroom is far from universally positive.

STEM Careers matters and what we can do to get more kids and youth to enter the field

June 05, 2019

STEM education matters. We, as a society, must encourage, kids from all different backgrounds, to consider STEM careers earlier in their education tenure and provide the necessary pathways to ensure completion and entry into such fields. We must also change how we talk to kids and youth about STEM careers, saying a good paying job and career or we need you to pursue this career is simply not enough.

4 Ways to Encourage More Women to Enter STEM

June 04, 2019

It’s been said that “women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” and according to the data, it’s not just a saying--it’s a fact. Between 2011 and 2016 there was a 38% increase in STEM-fundamental Bachelor’s degrees awarded to women, and that includes engineering. Yet surprisingly, women still make up just 13% of the existing engineering workforce. Meanwhile, the manufacturing industry has been riddled with the same dilemma.

The STEM teacher shortage primarily disadvantages minority students

June 04, 2019

High-school students in predominantly minority or low-income communities are among those who are most disadvantaged by a persistent shortage of teachers specializing in subjects like physics, chemistry, math and computer science...

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