STEM studies should begin as early as preschool

There is a growing body of research suggesting that developing STEM proficiencies start much earlier than high school, middle school, or even elementary school. In fact, appropriate play-based activities, like using clocks and calendars, games with data and chance, weighing and measuring play dough, sand, and crayons, using the five senses, and exploring Michigan’s great outdoors with our youngest children, can build an interest in STEM fields.

STEM Engagement With a Shipbuilding Focus

Ask an engineering student what an ideal job would be and he or she will likely say working for a company like NASA, Google or Boeing. But an overlooked area with the full gamut of opportunities for engineers – from system design to construction support and research and development – also exists within the shipbuilding industry.

Lack of Research Funding Is Hurting the American Dream, Leaders Say

It's not because of unemployment, a lack of social mobility or the inability of some to buy a home and start a family. Rather, challenges to the traditional promise of opportunity born from hard work and determination stem from a troubling lack of investment in basic scientific research that supports the health and economic prosperity of the country, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

NSF announces the Community College Innovation Challenge

In this contest, NSF is challenging students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. An incentive: Teams submitting top ideas will receive professional coaching and cash prizes.

Grading Obama on Education Reform

Most of us had to agree to disagree on the most central points of educational politics. Partly in response to this debate, though, I decided to write an assessment of Obama's education record in several areas of P-20 education issuing a letter grade (A-F) to make my position on his record abundantly clear.

How Microsoft can use Minecraft to build its education strategy

Minecraft is huge in education — in awareness, momentum and popularity. It’s not an overstatement to say that, despite the current divisive debate over the role of education technology in classrooms (think iPads, or student data safeguards), one of the few products that tech-savvy teachers nearly universally agree upon is Minecraft.

5 Myths You Shouldn't Believe About Working in STEM

Some experts believe that the shrinking pool of STEM talent starts in schools, where students aren't given a comprehensive enough curriculum or the proper motivation to excel in these subjects. But others believe that circumstances outside the classroom are really contributing to this perceived absence of qualified workers.

Women slowly making their mark in video-game industry

Women make up the fastest-growing consumer segment of the $15 billion-a-year business and the fastest-growing niche in its work force, doubling during the past five years, according to industry estimates. But women still hold only 22 percent of the jobs, the International Game Developers Association reported.

What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM

Physics is among the least diverse of the sciences, with only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees going to women and fewer than 10 percent to underrepresented minorities. The field needs to catch up to biology and chemistry, which have almost closed the gender gap at the undergraduate level.

Federal agency urges science demo changes after flash fire at Nevada museum injures 13

A federal agency on Monday urged museums and schools to stop using methanol and other flammable chemicals in their fire-based science demonstrations in light of a flash fire that injured 13 people, most of them children, at a Reno museum earlier this month.

New online resource center aims to fill STEM mentorship gap in Philadelphia

At the proposal's core is an online resource center, described by Nutter as "a one-stop shop" for students, schools, businesses and universities. It will also track STEM resources from around the region.

Chinese education in eyes of U.S. teachers

Curious about how teachers in Shanghai are trained and students taught, Joa, along with nine other public school teachers in New York City and NYU faculty, set on a ten-day professional development trip to Shanghai, China, in late July under an education program called "Science Education Without Borders".

U.S. teens win European robotics contest

Romania's Black Sea coast isn’t a popular beach destination for American teenagers. But three girls from Washington state headed to the Eastern European resort area last month not to bask in the sun but to compete in a contest for underwater robots.

5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms

STEM subjects, however, can often be fairly dry and have long been seen by some students as "too hard," or perhaps even "boring." To address that issue and put things into perspective, a number of companies are now producing resources that make STEM learning more fun and engaging while focusing on practical applications. From 3D design tech to Web-based satellite experimentation, these are five of our favorite STEM resources for K-12 and higher education.

FMA Live! Celebrates a Decade of STEM Success with 2014 Fall Tour

Created in 2004, the show is a collaborative effort between NASA and Honeywell Hometown Solutions designed to inspire students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This fall's tour marks an important milestone in the 10-year collaboration: reaching 1,000 schools and more than 400,000 students and teachers.


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