University mails out science kits for online engineering degree

February 28, 2018

When the Open University first launched science courses in the 1970s, it sent students home experiment kits, which included micro-computers, rock samples, microscopes, lasers to create holograms and even fish tanks to study animal behaviour. Now it seems that massive open online courses have brought distance learning full circle, after a US university announced that it would mail out circuit boards and other equipment to students enrolling in the first fully online electrical engineering master’s degree.

Math Patterns: skills for success?

February 27, 2018

When it comes to early math, not all skills are created equal. Of course, counting is an important part of preschool, but new research suggests that understanding patterns and being able to compare quantities are not beyond little learners, and may also help prepare students for math success.

Online Initiative Not the Answer to STEM Gaps in California

February 27, 2018

A proposed budget by California's governor would allocate $10 million to set up a new online "intersegmental" higher education initiative. The project would fund competitive grants for intersegmental teams of faculty to create new and redesign existing STEM courses -- both online and hybrid -- in a program titled the "California Education Learning Lab." However, state analysts aren't keen on the idea.

Mind the gender gap: NAU researcher on team studying women's experiences in STEM doctoral programs

February 26, 2018

A Northern Arizona University faculty member is part of a team that examined the difficulties women continue to face in STEM doctoral programs--difficulties that often drive them away from academic research into friendlier fields.

All About STEM High Schools

February 26, 2018

What is a STEM school? It used to mean there were a few more science and math classes. These days, the best STEM schools engage students in real engineering and design challenges and connect them with career opportunities. Some STEM schools, with the help of employers, focus on specific job clusters. Others take advantage of community assets like a college, employer or a zoo.

Chemistry Programs Need to Increase Real-World Problem-Solving

February 26, 2018

Science isn't immune to the education-work skills gap that employers complain about in other fields. A recent survey found that most people in the chemistry field consider current curricula inadequate for helping STEM students prepare for future careers. The survey was undertaken by Elsevier's Reaxys division, which produces a chemistry research platform. The survey queried 186 chemistry professionals, researchers, students and educators.

Emboldening women to seek STEM careers

February 26, 2018

One of the main goals of the Women in Science and Engineering initiative, established in 2015, is to connect professional women employed in STEM fields and create a community of support through networking, social events and mentoring. By directly mentoring young girls interested in pursuing STEM careers, Da Vinci hopes to find ways to spark their interest and achievement in these fields.

Computer Science for All: Can Schools Pull It Off?

February 26, 2018

Alante Klyce wants to be a dancer. Yet here she is, inside a sun-filled classroom at Lindblom Math & Science Academy on the city’s South Side, throwing around tech-industry terms like "ideation" and working with friends to design her first mobile app. It’s all part of the introductory computer-science course that every student in Chicago must now take in order to graduate.

Let's not forget the computing curriculum's bigger picture: Computational thinking

February 23, 2018

Educators have stressed that the computing curriculum, due to start in September, is not just about learning how to code or program but more importantly is about a young person’s journey in learning the necessary digital skills to solve real-world problems.

Countries with greater gender equality have a lower percentage of female STEM graduates

February 21, 2018

Countries with greater gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found. Policymakers could use the findings to reconsider initiatives to increase women's participation in STEM, say the researchers.


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