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GM partners with 4 groups to boost STEM education

June 28, 2017

General Motors Co. has partnered with four new organizations as part of its emerging corporate giving plan that includes a focus on encouraging young people to explore science, technology, engineering and math related professions. The Detroit automaker said Wednesday it will give a total of $850,000 and has established new partnerships with Code.org, Black Girls Code, Institute of Play and Digital Promise.

6 steps to increase STEM education

June 28, 2017

The world around us has changed profoundly. Nevertheless, the way we teach today in more or less the same arcane way we have for over a century. I would like to suggest a simple, scalable solution that leverages easily accessible modern technology to develop the STEM skill set that our students need now...

School Librarians Embrace Technology -- If the Budget Allows

June 27, 2017

In a profession most readily associated with the printed word, school librarians have embraced what may seem like an unlikely tool. Librarians in public schools across the country are mixing new technologies like iPads and the internet with old to teach their students fundamental skills, while also preparing them for the digital age. But their progress is threatened by a familiar problem in education: funding.

Minority Successes Don't Mean an End to STEM Diversity Issues

June 27, 2017

In the journey to increasing diversity within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, minorities have come far but they are not there; and only by providing the resources, mentoring, and including everyone will the United States become No.1 in STEM worldwide.

Dear Parents: Your Concerns About Student Privacy Are Being Exploited

June 27, 2017

Despite the potential for innovative uses of data to dramatically transform K-12 education in the United States for the better, time and time again, promising efforts to improve how the education system uses data are met with contentious opposition. Parents understandably value the privacy of their children and thus are sensitive to programs that collect and analyze student data.

Robotics may be a way to reach students with trouble fitting in

June 27, 2017

In spite of educators’ best efforts to reach all students in class, there always seem to be some who remain difficult to engage. They could be shy, socially awkward, have a learning disability, or fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. As educators, we must continue to find ways to reach these kids.

Why So Many Top Hackers Hail from Russia

June 26, 2017

Compared to the United States there are quite a few more high school students in Russia who choose to specialize in information technology subjects. One way to measure this is to look at the number of high school students in the two countries who opt to take the advanced placement exam for computer science.

Sony Aims For STEM Education With Koov Building Blocks

June 26, 2017

Forget everything you think you know about programming: the long hours behind a screen, the lines of code stacking up, all that time spent debugging someone else's mess. Koov makes learning to code -- the basics, at least -- as easy as playing with building blocks.

Astronomers Without Borders Launches "Building on the Eclipse" Education Program

June 26, 2017

As the United States prepares for the first total solar eclipse to race across the entire continental United States in 99 years, on August 21, 2017, Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) is launching a major new nationwide initiative that will have a significant, long-lasting impact on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Stereotypes still affect females' career aspirations in STEM topics

June 26, 2017

Professor Bernhard Ertl from the Universität der Bundeswehr München, in Germany et.al. took a closer look at this topic in their recent study "The Impact of Gender Stereotypes on the Self-Concept of Female Students in STEM Subjects with an Under-Representation of Females" published in Frontiers for Psychology. The study involved 296 women from different German universities who are all enrolled in a STEM programme with less than 30 percent female students.

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