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Bills could make Michigan the first state with STEM education certifications on high school diplomasBills could make Michigan the first state with STEM education certifications on high school diplomas

Two bills introduced in the Michigan Senate by State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, set out the requirements for a STEM certification. Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will introduce two bills in the Michigan House of Representatives in November, which would mirror the Senate bills.

Megan Smith Thinks Every Child Should Be Able to Code

Megan Smith kept coming back to getting more folks in tech, period—and the very best ones in government. To that end, she said, American students should start learning to code in elementary school. “Second graders learn to read, that’s a perfect time to make them code,” said Smith. She bemoaned the fact that many STEM classes had become less experiential and said that, if funding couldn’t be found for kids to get time in a lab, then perhaps “active learning” could make science and math more discovery-based.

How Can We Make Computer Science a More Women-Friendly Discipline?

A lot of attention has been given to increasing the number of women in computer science, but despite numerous efforts the presence of female students in computer science programs is still far below the 50 percent equilibrium.

Toy robot Trobo introduces kids to STEM subjects

Part plush toy, part iPad app, Trobo blends cuddliness and science to answer the types of questions little kids think to ask. Trobo basically works in two parts. There's a plush toy -- a robot named Trobo, and then an iPad application featuring stories centered on STEM topics-- but that sounds a bit more serious than it is.

The Common Core Helps Close Achievement Gaps, Open Doors to STEM Jobs, New Fact Sheet from CAP and AAUW Illustrates

CAP and AAUW’s fact sheet notes that by establishing high-quality, uniform, and rigorous standards, the Common Core helps ensure that all students are taught to the same high expectations. The fact sheet looks at how the Common Core State Standards can impact and benefit girls and women starting from K-12, through higher education, and after college and beyond.

Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Don't wait to be invited or encouraged to make a career in science, engineering or technology, Frances Arnold advises the young women she teaches at the California Institute of Technology. If you're a scientist, she says, you should know how to solve a problem. "Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem," she says. "One has to move forward."

Maryland Unveils STEM Strategic Plan, Tools to Spark Innovation

The Maryland State Department of Education today announced a new strategic plan for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and launched a new website designed to kindle innovation in classrooms throughout the State.

4 Reasons to Worry About the STEM Crisis in Education

US public schools are the primary conduit for producing students with the necessary skills in science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) to be the next leaders in science and engineering. But with a widening shortage of graduates entering STEM fields, there are reasons to worry whether the US workforce will continue to be at the forefront of STEM technology in the future.

The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever

Twenty-year-old Rosalyn Sussman cut a steely, solitary figure in September 1941 as she started her doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. “I was the first woman to have a graduate assistantship in physics there since 1917,” she recounted to biographer Eugene Straus.

University of Nebraska professors build STEM program geared toward youth

A group of University of Nebraska professors and researchers are working together to create new curriculum aimed toward exposing elementary-aged students to science, technology, engineering and math. Thanks to nearly $1 million of support from the National Science Foundation, the team will use wearable technology to teach fourth through sixth-grade students the importance of these disciplines.

Astronaut-turned-professor Massimino leads new STEM student recruitment

When mechanical engineering professor Michael Massimino was applying to colleges, he wanted more than just an education in engineering. Though he never planned to take classes in law, business, or journalism, he loved the idea of being surrounded by students who did. Thirty years—and two trips to space—later, Massimino, SEAS ’84, is working with Columbia’s admissions office to attract science and engineering students to the University who think just like he thought.

School Teaches Chinese To Help Students Learn Math

"One of the reasons that Chinese students have done well … in math is their language itself automatically breaks apart numbers into tens and ones," said Hite Chinese teacher Emily Smith. "We're having to teach kids to do that because our language doesn't do it automatically." Principal Tim Hagan called the Chinese system more "efficient" than English for getting students to visualize, understand and calculate numbers. He hopes that once students learn mathematical concepts in Chinese, they'll better understand math in English.

Global STEM Alliance Encourages Kids in Science

This fall, the New York Academy of Sciences launched an expanded program called the Global STEM Alliance, an international public-private partnership to address the disconnect between the paltry number of work-ready science and technology graduates and the vast needs of the world’s employers, present and future, to fill openings in STEM fields.

Deeper learning will drive educational, economic success of local workforce

Based on its review of outcomes from 13 schools that focus on deeper learning experiences, the study found students were more apt to have important interpersonal skills, such as the ability to work well with others. They were also 16 percent more likely to graduate from high school on time, and 19 percent more likely to attend four-year universities.

Women in tech: It's not just a pipeline problem

More than half of women (about 53%) who started out in the tech-intensive industry working in a business role immediately following completion of their MBA left to take a position in another industry, compared to 31 percent of men, according to the report prepared by Catalyst, a nonprofit group that promotes the advancement of women in the workplace "They are not leaving the workforce," said Anna Beninger, the director of research at Catalyst. "They are taking their talents elsewhere."

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