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A student's guide to undergraduate research

March 21, 2019

Shiwei Wang describes how to find work in a laboratory and make the most of it while studying for your science degree.

Capito, colleagues target boost in early childhood STEM research funds

March 20, 2019

U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) on March 11 cosponsored a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support STEM education research focused on early childhood. “By finding ways to introduce students to STEM skills and knowledge at an early age, we can help them better learn to take risks, solve problems, and build confidence -- especially among young women and girls,” Sen. Capito said...

How Should Students Prepare for a Career in Data Science?

March 20, 2019

Data science is a growing and promising field that attracts more and more young talents on a year-to-year basis. The world has accumulated enormous amounts of data that needs to be turned into valuable and actionable information for business, politics, education, and economy. We do not even notice how the world has changed over the last decades. It is completely driven by data that defines which venture will be successful.

Is Career And Technical Education Good News Or Bad?

March 18, 2019

Now it is finally occurring to some folks that A) college is not necessarily the best choice for all students and B) the world needs people who do what Mike Rowe always called the jobs "that make civilized life possible for the rest of us." Done well, new studies show, it can boost both academics and wages for students. It might even help solve the mystery of the missing non-college educated male workers. And so Career and Technical Education (CTE) is coming back into its own.

How to Keep Parents From Fleeing STEM Careers

March 18, 2019

It is no secret that working parents in the United States face hardship. Paid family leave is still rare, the cost of childcare is soaring, school hours don’t line up with the workday, and dual-income households are more required than ever as wages stagnate and the cost of living surges. Working parents are often trapped in what feels like a catch-22: To afford to be a parent, you’ve got to work, but most work requires you to act like you’re not a parent.

$25 million commitment builds coalition to increase women in STEM

March 17, 2019

In an effort to close the gender gap in STEM, a $25 million commitment from the Lyda Hill Foundation will help to build a coalition of science institutions along with names and brands in popular culture to help fund and elevate women in STEM fields. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the coalition members, will select 100 women in STEM professions to serve as ambassadors for the new IF/THEN Initiative, to help build skills and opportunities among middle school girls in science communication, public engagement, media, diversity and inclusion, and STEM education.

A 60 Minutes story about gender equality accidentally proved the persistence of patriarchy

March 14, 2019

Good intentions are nice, but they aren’t enough, the TV news show 60 Minutes recently proved. The show’s producers apparently meant well when they decided to do a segment on women in technology and the gender gap, which aired March 4. But they ended up punching women in the gut, as the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, puts it in her response to the segment.

STEM provides platform to keep pace with technology

March 14, 2019

In the framework of education, STEM is an approach that intentionally incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a 4-H youth development agent I have certainly thought about our 4-H programs and said, we have science, that means we’re doing STEM! However, what we commonly forget is the key to STEM education is integrating the subjects.

Veteran teacher shows how achievement gaps in STEM classes can be eliminated

March 14, 2019

Last quarter, something remarkable happened in Professor Tracy Larrabee’s Applied Discrete Mathematics class. For the first time in her 29 years of teaching, after five quarters of steady improvement and constant experimentation with teaching methods, the gap between the grades of her underrepresented minority and first-generation college students and the rest of the class vanished.

Rep. Stevens Introduces First Bill, the Building Blocks of STEM Act

March 13, 2019

The bill instructs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to more equitably allocate funding for research with a focus on early childhood. The bill also directs NSF to support research on the factors that discourage or encourage girls to engage in STEM activities, including computer science. The Building Blocks of STEM Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill, introduced jointly by Congresswoman Stevens and Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) in the House of Representatives, alongside U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in the Senate.

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