The underrepresentation of black students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is linked more strongly to structural issues than to family and community issues, according to Sherick Hughes, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). He studies links between racial biases and underrepresentation of minority students in STEM education.
By 2020, STEM jobs in the United States are expected to increase by 10% (Lockard & Wolf, 2012); however, with some sectors reporting nearly 600,000 unfilled engineering jobs (BLS, 2015), declining numbers of engineering graduates cause alarm.
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment.
Leveraging the immense popularity of the hit movie “Hidden Figures,” the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has launched a nationwide campaign titled #BlackSTEMLikeMe. This unique multimedia initiative is aiming to encourage black students and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to share their stories and passions...
Last year, Black Enterprise interviewed Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., an award-winning robotics scientist. Howard has worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where she led various robotics projects. She is also a Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.
The inspiring NASA movie Hidden Figures is resonating with moviegoers, especially black women who have encountered similar obstacles in engineering and the sciences. It tells the true story of three black women whose exceptional math skills played an integral role in the space race during the Jim Crow era of the 1960s.
The data presented here are from a large scale, nationally-representative survey of African American youth (ages 11 to 17) and their parents, supplemented and informed by a series of ten focus groups with African American parents and youth across the country (for more information on the demographics of the survey and focus group samples, please see the Methodology).
Here’s the good news. A new study released this past October found that Black tweens and teens are both proficient and confident in basic computer education and technology. More than 80 percent of the youth surveyed -- who ranged between 11 and 17 in age -- know how to use programs like Microsoft, Excel, and PowerPoint, and most have engaged in other creative activities such as writing blogs or making digital art.
The College of New Jersey generally attracts top students who tend to succeed in college, with high retention and graduation rates. But in the sciences, those numbers sometimes obscured a disappointing gap: Students from low-income families left science majors at higher rates than their peers.
New research from Google shows that black students are less likely to have computer science classes in school and are less likely to use computers at home even though they are 1.5 times more interested in studying computer science than their white peers.