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Leading Tech Firms Committed to Closing Skills Gap by Promoting Women in STEM

August 10, 2017

There will be an estimated two million computing and engineering positions that need to be filled over the next decade. While that might sound pretty great for those excited about job growth, the talent pool in these fields is far from capable enough to fill these positions. Fortunately, there is a solution to the skills gap problem that leading tech firms are committing to in force: closing the gender gap.

NASA program gives students access to astronauts

August 10, 2017

Children all over the world can connect with astronauts aboard the space station via Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), and with the help of volunteer ham operators. ARISS delegates from the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan help connect the world, from Senegal to Cincinnati, with the station. These contacts endeavor to inspire youth worldwide to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interests and careers.

UT Professor Offers Solar Eclipse Tips For Parents

August 10, 2017

UT Professor Elizabeth MacTavish encourages parents to experience the upcoming total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, with their children. But how do parents explain one of nature’s most extraordinary events?

Coolest Careers In Innovation To Get Into Right Now

August 09, 2017

Research done by the Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that there will be 9 million STEM jobs by 2018. This is a list of coolest occupations in STEM right now across three promising industries, offering incredible prospects for growth, impact and compensation.

Increasing use of virtual reality in education

August 08, 2017

The use of virtual reality in the classroom represents a change to how students engage with material, representing a shift in thinking from the relatively docile student sitting at a desk and being the passive recipient of information communication by a teacher. Virtual reality allows the student to interact more directly with the subject matter.

First coding robot for girls launches in the U.S.

August 08, 2017

Meant for girls ages 6 and up, the robot will help girls learn to see science, technology, engineering and math in a new light.SmartGurlz is a toy brand whose line of self-balancing robots and action dolls encourage young women to become programmers.

Breaking Down The Gender Gap In Data Science

August 08, 2017

It’s well-known that women are drastically underrepresented in the fields of science and technology. This gender imbalance extends to data science roles as well. Women hold only about 26% of data jobs in the United States.

Could ESSA Plans Invigorate State STEM Intentions?

August 08, 2017

Could states use their ESSA plans to formulate innovative ways to advance STEM in their schools? That's the hope of an organization that recently examined the Every Student Succeeds Act plans developed by states for submission to the U.S. Department of Education. The analysis looked at the 17 plans that have already been submitted as well as eight other draft plans.

Coding Boot Camps Won't Save Us All

August 08, 2017

Coding boot camps were supposed to be the next big thing in higher education, promising a compressed, career-focused alternative to traditional graduate school. In the past five years, startups offering these programs have raised millions in investment and won praise from policymakers as an innovative way to prepare (or retrain) workers for the jobs of the digital future.

Betsy DeVos Approves Delaware's ESSA Plan, After Blowback

August 07, 2017

"My criteria for approval is clear: does the state's plan adhere to the law? Delaware demonstrated their plan does, and so I am happy to approve it," DeVos said in a statement. "I hope it will give the students, families and educators in the state a strong foundation for a great education." Upon learning that the department had approved Delaware's plan, the CCSSO's Minnich said in a statement Tuesday that he was pleased the department had "acted quickly" to give the state's plan the go-ahead.

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