How one council uses STEM programs to help grow Scouting

February 08, 2017

Four years ago, professionals and volunteers at Old North State Council began including science, technology, engineering and math activities in its annual calendar, starting with a merit badge college. The event now attracts more than 400 Scouts every winter. The council expanded its STEM offerings to include Cub Scout STEM Quest in spring as well as teen-oriented STEM X in summer. The impact has been tremendous on membership growth and fundraising.

After-school STEM classes let kids build robots, and maybe resumes

February 08, 2017

Add building robots to the list of out-of-school activities required for kids to be competitive college applicants and future workers. Digital Adventures, which runs summer camps and after-school courses to expose kids to engineering and computer science, aims to provide the experience some parents think is necessary to get into the increasingly attractive field.

DeVos confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education: Here's what she can, can't do

February 07, 2017

Despite surprisingly robust opposition, Betsy DeVos became U.S. secretary of education Tuesday, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. The opposition was, in part, surprising because the secretary of education doesn't wield all that much power. In broad terms, education is largely a local issue. States and school districts provide most of the money and make most of the rules.

3 Ways to Continue Learning at Home with Technology

February 07, 2017

Students, parents and teachers agree that more at-home learning time with digital tools is a must. So why aren’t many schools meeting this demand? In a 2016 Deloitte survey of K–12 public and private school educators, parents of school-age children, and K–12 students themselves, the majority of these three groups indicated they wanted more at-home learning with digital tools to supplement school work.

How Learning Theory Can Help STEM Educators

February 07, 2017

In this post, I share how student-centered learning techniques provide alternatives to lecturing in STEM-based undergraduate courses. Three theoretical frameworks are presented to provide structure to the student-centered learning techniques presented, and recommendations for instructors are discussed. My purpose is to take a step towards bridging theory with practice, with the aim of learning theory informing research that examines student-centered learning.

Secretary-designate DeVos Answers STEM Education Questions

February 06, 2017

After Secretary-designate DeVos' confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Education Committee, several senators submitted additional follow-up questions to be answered before her final confirmation vote. The STEM Education Coalition compiled all the answers she provided in regards to STEM education.

10 IT skills that employers need in 2017

February 05, 2017

Unemployment rates in the IT industry are still hovering around historic lows, and some roles -- like network and security engineers and software developers -- are showing unemployment rates of around 1 percent.

Fighting the STEM gender gap with stories of trailblazing female scientists

February 05, 2017

For writer and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky, the idea to profile 50 pioneering female scientists in her recent book, “Women in Science,” was spurred by conversations with educator friends. As they talked about the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math fields, Ignotofsky realized women aren’t just underrepresented in STEM, itself  -- the stories about their contributions don't get much play, either.

The Countries With The Most STEM Graduates

February 05, 2017

Last year, India had the most graduates of any country worldwide with 78.0 million while China followed close behind with 77.7 million. The U.S. is now in third place with 67.4 million graduates, and the gap behind the top two countries is widening.

STEAM talk explores relationship between art, science in education

February 02, 2017

Greg Blonder said he believes STEM subjects are exciting on their own. An engineering professor at Boston University, Blonder, who focuses on product design and manufacturing, said he’s not in favor of STEAM because it will weaken the power STEM has. “The more stakeholders with interest in a project, the more likely it is that they are going to pull it in different directions,” Blonder said. “When you have a brand that stands for too many things, you have nothing.”


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