After-school Programs Foster STEM Skills

March 02, 2017

While many classrooms and internship programs are actively trying to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math -- also known as STEM -- education into the lives of children and young adults, after-school programs that focus on STEM let children explore new ideas without worrying about keeping their grades up.

Don't confuse educational technology that helps kids learn - and doesn't

March 02, 2017

I live and work in Silicon Valley, so it’s not surprising that technology has found its way into our math classrooms here.  But is technology really supporting our students to learn? Just because something is labeled as technology doesn’t mean it supports good learning. In my recent work in local schools, I have observed that teachers are having their students work on computers for the entire math lesson.

Students' worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance to succeed

March 02, 2017

A high-tech program designed to predict which students are at risk of failure might sound like a way to extend a helping hand. Some students don’t see it that way. They worry that the data will be used to label them before they have a chance to make their own impression on a teacher.

Rethinking STEM education during Black History Month

March 02, 2017

The underrepresentation of black students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is linked more strongly to structural issues than to family and community issues, according to Sherick Hughes, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He studies links between racial biases and underrepresentation of minority students in STEM education.

15 unfilled tech jobs that cost the U.S. billions

March 01, 2017

With IT industry unemployment hovering at around 2.8 percent (as of Q3 2016) and organizations struggling to land talent, many companies find themselves with unfilled jobs. That's a problem not just for individual companies, but for the U.S. economy as a whole, says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.

Afterschool STEM Programs Help Close America's Skills Gap

March 01, 2017

Students participating in afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) reported increased interest in science careers and gains in important 21st century skills such as critical thinking and perseverance -- skills in high demand in today’s workforce.

Trump Signs Bills Supporting Women Entrepreneurs and Women in STEM Fields

March 01, 2017

“It’s unacceptable that we have so many American women who have these degrees but yet are not being employed in these fields, so I think that’s going to change, and it’s going to change very rapidly. Protecting women with STEM degrees and all Americans with STEM degrees - very important, but it also means you have to crackdown on offshoring, because the offshoring is a tremendous problem that displaces many of our American workers and brains, the brain power,” he said.

Corlis Murray Is an Inspiration for Today's 'Hidden Figures'

February 28, 2017

Corlis Murray - the senior vice president for quality assurance, regulatory and engineering services at global health care company Abbott - is one of today's leading women in the engineering industry, and her story isn't that different from the mathematicians portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film. Among the challenges she faced: At one point, not many people in her community knew what engineering was, and to go into such a field as a girl was rare.

How Digital Technologies Can Help Students Learn

February 28, 2017

From interactive platforms and applications to high-tech hardware, digital learning is empowering educators and helping prepare students for their futures. Here are a few new learning tools that are transforming education today.

Broadening participation through NSF INCLUDES

February 27, 2017

NSF INCLUDES is based on a simple idea: Identify proven, innovative ideas that create access to S&E for groups traditionally underrepresented in those fields, and then scale up those ideas to help more people. The program will accomplish this goal by building alliances, networks and partnerships among those committed to broadening participation.


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