It's a common complaint and worry among manufacturers today that they face a serious skills gap. There's been plenty of ink spilled about the critical need for people trained in the skilled trades: electricians, welders, machinists, and so on. But the gap is much greater than the skilled trades, and goes to a breakdown in fundamental knowledge in working with one's hands, along with the dwindling desire to work in manufacturing.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Discovery Education announced Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist - a national initiative to spark girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The program will provide educators, Girl Scout troop leaders, and families with standards-aligned curriculum aimed at addressing gender equity in STEM education through a series of girl-led, girl-tested and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.
Programs focused on helping schools to improve instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, were big winners in the latest round of the Education Innovation and Research grants. In fact, of the 18 winners, at least 11 appear to have some sort of STEM twist. EIR, a $120 million program, is intended to help test out and scale up promising practices at the state and district levels. The STEM focus with this year's round of grantees is no surprise.
Science and technology classes are crucial to prepare students with the skills they will need to be a part of the next workforce generation.
“You can’t take an ethics course from 50 or even 25 years ago and drop it in the middle of a computer science program and expect it to grab people or be particularly applicable,” Baker says. “We are looking to encourage ways of teaching ethics that make sense in a computer science program, that make sense today, and that make sense in understanding questions of data.”
What kind of picture of a STEM teacher do you have? El Nagdi and colleagues attempted to answer this question by conducting a study with participants of emerging STEM schools in the US, published in the International Journal of STEM Education. Since STEM schools are a recent initiative, a STEM teacher is a learning, developing and multi-disciplinary-oriented not yet defined kind of person.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a pilot to prepare a curriculum and teachers across the U.S. for a nationwide pre-college course on engineering principles and design. The three-year, $4-million pilot marks an important milestone in the creation of a nationally recognized high school engineering course intended to lead to widely accepted, transferrable credit at the college level.
Male TV and film characters holding jobs in science, technology, engineering and math outnumber women nearly two-to-one, a new study conducted by the Lyda Hill Foundation and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media finds. The “Portray Her” study analyzed STEM characters in entertainment media and surveyed women about their perceptions of STEM careers.
STEM refers to a broad group of academic subjects focused on the sciences, technological fields, engineering disciplines, and mathematics. In higher education, you'll find hundreds if not thousands of options for studying a STEM discipline. Degree possibilities include certificate programs, two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees.