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Diverse Leadership Can Tackle Biases of Women in STEM

June 09, 2016

It is said that leaders aren't born, they're made -- and Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski embodies the notion. Motivated early on by her strong and determined mother, and then tested in her pursuit to prevail at a male-dominated career in a male-dominated world, she inspires today’s young women seeking to become the next generation of scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians.

Customized math lessons could help students learn more, research says

June 09, 2016

A math program that offers computer-based, bespoke lessons for students could, with teacher support, help them learn more math, according to a study released last week. The report, from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, found encouraging, but mixed, results for a California-based charter school network and a Maryland school district that used this math program, made by DreamBox Learning.

Officials Confront ‘Troubling Disconnect’ With STEM Education, Employment

June 09, 2016

ASTRA Director Wayne Johnson Participates in Boston Area STEM Ed & Workforce Meeting

Wentworth President Zorica Pantić joined educators and elected officials on campus June 7 to challenge STEM education and employment inequities for young women and minorities. “Everything we touch, everything we do is related to STEM,” said Yvonne Spicer, vice president of Advocacy and Educational Partnerships for the Museum of Science’s National Center for Technological Literacy.  “We have to start thinking about education cohesively,” she added. “The reality is that these avenues should be open to all of our children.”

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III cited a “troubling disconnect between the STEM fields and the people we represent.” He said building a STEM pipeline for young women is critical for the state’s economy. “Otherwise,” he said, “we’re just leaving unlimited potential on the table.”

The Women in STEM Summit, attended by about 80 people, was hosted by Pantić and Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts state treasurer and receiver general. Goldberg said the goal is to change the situation for women and people of color and make them active members of a strong STEM workforce. Kennedy credited Pantić and Wentworth Institute of Technology for doing a, “truly spectacular job” at steering young women and minorities toward the STEM arena and helping to place them in careers.

Pantić said Wentworth annually hosts members of the regional Girl Scouts of America troop for a day-long program on STEM, including visits and talks with faculty members. She also leads annually a Women at Wentworth program that attracts students and career professionals for mentoring and networking opportunities. Each year at that gathering a Woman of the Year is honored for being a role model for young women.

The president talks about the STEM and gender inequity issue at conferences and seminars, and is a leader in building corporate and academic partnerships to help women and other underrepresented students. At Wentworth, said Pantić, the number of minority students has been rising—from 10 to 13 percent recently—while the numbers of young women are increasing, too, from 5-10 percent in construction management, for example. Breakout groups at the summit examined questions including, what are the challenges around getting girls interested in STEM in high school? And, how can companies across different STEM industries effectively attract female talent?

Gender Discrepancies In Academic STEM Fields

June 09, 2016

On a surface level, the gender discrepancy in STEM fields might seem coincidental. Statistics provided by the University of Georgia for fall 2015 show that 53 percent of all STEM majors at the University of Georgia are women, but individual majors within STEM programs at the university tell a different story. Some majors are relatively equal in terms of gender distribution. Animal and dairy science shows that 47 percent of its doctoral candidates are female and 53 percent are male. But in majors such as computer science, 82.5 percent of its doctoral candidates are male while 17.5 percent of its students are female.

Flipped classrooms turning STEM education upside down

June 08, 2016

Given the difficult-to-digest subject matter in many STEM classrooms, educators have customarily relied on traditional lecture-based educational methods where they spend class time walking through content and then assign homework problems to supplement that learning. Liberal arts classrooms, on the other hand, often invert that structure.

Honeywell And U.S. Space & Rocket Center Re-Igniting Teachers' Passion For STEM Education

June 07, 2016

The award-winning scholarship program, created by Honeywell Hometown Solutions in partnership with USSRC, is designed to help middle school math and science teachers be more effective at teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Since its creation in 2004, HESA has graduated 2,576 educators from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories.

New National Survey Sheds Light On How To Better Engage Students In Science Education

June 07, 2016

The Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation (CTEq) today announced results of a survey conducted to better understand what motivates U.S. high school students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The report, titled "Students on STEM: More Hands-on, Real-World Experiences," shows that students want additional opportunities that will inspire them to explore careers in scientific fields, and teachers are uniquely positioned to stimulate students' interest in STEM.

Virtual Reality Technology Like Oculus Used to Enhance University Degree Programs

June 07, 2016

Gaming and fantasy aren’t the only realms where cutting edge virtual reality comes in handy. The University of Wisconsin is updating their Master of Data Science program to include Oculus technology. And, other schools are finding ways change classroom learning using this innovation.

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

June 07, 2016

You've probably heard about the positive side of all that data gathering and sharing. Like this story we ran just last week about a district that used data as the catalyst to conquer chronic absences. But as "data-driven" education becomes more popular, critics are also raising a range of concerns. The U.S. Department of Education has increasingly encouraged and funded states to collect and analyze information about students...

How to Get Computer Science Programs in Every School

June 07, 2016

Even without new federal funding, many resources exist that can help bring computer science education to more schools. Over the next five years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) have promised to invest more than $135 million in existing funds to train and support new computer science teachers. Here are some other resources that are working to fill the computer science skills gap:

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