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The Key to Unlocking U.S. GDP Growth: Women

December 11, 2017

S&P Global believes that a dual-pronged effort of increasing entry and retention of more women to the American workforce, particularly those professions traditionally filled by men, represents a substantial opportunity for growth of the world’s principal economy, with the potential to add 5%-10% to nominal GDP in just a few decades.

STEM holiday gift guide for children

December 10, 2017

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect gift for a child on your holiday shopping list, here are a few toys that can help kids develop (or sustain) an interest in STEM concepts.

Taking a second look at the learn-to-code craze

December 07, 2017

One of the earliest corporate efforts to get computers into schools was Apple’s “Kids Can’t Wait” program in 1982. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs personally lobbied Congress to pass the Computer Equipment Contribution Act, which would have allowed companies that donated computers to schools, libraries and museums to deduct the equipment’s value from their corporate income tax bills. While his efforts in Washington failed, he succeeded in his home state of California, where companies could claim a tax credit for 25 percent of the value of computer donations.

Code.org raises $12 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

December 07, 2017

Code.org, the non-profit organization that aims to increase access to computer science education, has raised $12 million in philanthropic funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys Foundation USA  and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The announcement came as part of a Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo. Meanwhile, eight states, 76 school districts and 102 organizations nationwide made pledges to expand access to computer science education to millions of students.

Can We Better Define and Identify 'STEM Deserts'? This Nonprofit Is Going to Try

December 06, 2017

It's well known that there are disturbing, pervasive disparities for needy students in their science and math experiences: They attend schools with less lab equipment, have access to fewer rigorous classes, and receive less hands-on teaching. But there hasn't been an agreed-upon definition for what specifically constitutes a "STEM desert"--and especially, where they're located across districts and neighborhoods.

The One Persistent Reason Why There Aren't More Women in Tech

December 06, 2017

In a survey of more than 1,000 girls around the country, girls reported feeling encouraged to pursue technology instruction by parents (70 percent), but said their schools often don’t provide ideal class offerings.

Robot learning improves student engagement

December 05, 2017

The first-ever study of Michigan State University's pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom.

4 Best Practices for Increasing Data Usage in Higher Education

December 05, 2017

Data has permeated higher education in a lot of different ways. Experts have emphasized the continued need to analyze data to determine the success of programs and initiatives. But with the Internet of Things advancing into a variety of aspects of campus life, higher education institution stakeholders now have an immense amount of data at their fingertips, which can be drawn from to make better decisions.

Society of Woman Engineers promotes STEM education

December 05, 2017

The Society of Women Engineers held an Introduction to Engineering Workshop at Independence Charter School in Center City Nov. 17 with the goal of encouraging middle school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. “[To] stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life and demonstrate the value of diversity,” Kristine Loh, the outreach director for SWE, said while  explaining the SWE mission.

Colorado colleges overflowing with huge wave of computer science students

December 05, 2017

A massive influx of computer science majors in Colorado and across the country is overwhelming college and university classrooms as students opt to gain the skills required to fill nearly 500,000 open jobs in cybersecurity, data science and machine learning.

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