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Encouraging Today's Hidden Figures In STEM

February 26, 2017

By increasing awareness of past gender and racial inequity, Hidden Figures has sparked interest in addressing the inequities that are still present today. Studies show that female and male students actually perform equally well in mathematics and science on standardized tests, but larger gaps exist between students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds or family income.

Engineering Technology Education in the United States

February 24, 2017

The vitality of the innovation economy in the United States depends on the availability of a highly educated technical workforce. A key component of this workforce consists of engineers, engineering technicians, and engineering technologists. However, unlike the much better-known field of engineering, engineering technology (ET) is unfamiliar to most Americans and goes unmentioned in most policy discussions about the US technical workforce. Engineering Technology Education in the United States seeks to shed light on the status, role, and needs of ET education in the United States.

Choosing Between STEM and STEAM Education

February 24, 2017

Are we neglecting the arts? That’s the question faced by everyone in STEM education, from state legislators to teachers to doctors of education. Right now, there’s no consensus as to whether it’s better to focus on STEM education or to add an arts component and transform it into STEAM education. Here’s where the debate stands.

STEM For Our Students and Our Economy

February 23, 2017

Now, more than ever, with the country hanging on to the belief that the economy will grow, we need to take a hard look at reality.  If companies bring manufacturing back to our shores, if US companies are called upon for innovation and creativity, we have a responsibility to prepare students for these demands, don't we?  And if H-1B Visas become more limited the labor pool for technology companies shrinks rapidly. The companies who need skilled labor in science, technology, engineering, and math will weaken as their counterparts around the world flourish. And, the pressure on us will intensify.

Corps of Engineers Commander sets focus on STEM during National Engineers Week

February 23, 2017

Getting young people interested in STEM is not just “good business” for our Army Corps of Engineers; it is essential to the strength of our nation. For the Corps of Engineers, being able to recruit and retain high-quality technical professionals is essential if we are to successfully execute our mission: building and operating infrastructure and projects that increase resiliency, energize the national economy and support national defense.

The Fall Of Manufacturing And Rise Of Technology Makes Lifelong Education More Important

February 23, 2017

Restrictions on trade and immigration will not deter the march of technology. A study by McKinsey shows that more than 50% of the time spent at work today involves routine physical labor, data collection and data processing. Nearly all of this work can be automated. And the safer jobs of today -- jobs that involve human interaction -- may become automated in the future.

Former NASA 'human computer' Christine Darden encourages STEM education

February 22, 2017

On Sunday, Darden, a former mathematician and aeronautical engineer at NASA who was featured in the book, “Hidden Figures,” stressed the importance of STEM education, delivering a message of perseverance and faith to an audience who attended the Mattoon Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest black churches in the Upstate.

'Star Wars' STEM Class Captures Kids' Imagination

February 21, 2017

Amelia was one of 20 children who attended the sold-out class on Jan. 28. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math, and NIU's STEM Outreach program offers several classes throughout the year. The "Star Wars" theme made this class one of the best-attended, STEM educator Jeremy Benson said.

Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

February 21, 2017

As the research on how people learn evolves, so should instructional methods for STEM undergraduate programs within colleges and universities. That's the premise of a set of case studies compiled in a publicly available report published by the Association of American Universities and the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

Celebrating National Engineers Week

February 21, 2017

Happy National Engineers Week! Observed by more than 70 engineering, educational and cultural societies, as well as more than 50 corporations and government agencies, National Engineers Week highlights the good works done by engineers all across the USA.

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