Increasing Student Success in STEM

While many change efforts have been initiated, almost always at the departmental level, few have reached the institutional level of entire programs, departments, or colleges in the STEM disciplines, described as necessary in these recent reports. There is growing recognition that reform in STEM is an institutional imperative rather than only a departmental one.

Informal STEM Learning Through Mobile Technology

Whether it’s using smartphones in the context of citizen science projects or tablets to augment experiences with museum exhibits, mobile technologies are being leveraged to advance and deepen engagement in a diversity of settings and experiences. The following resources from the collection and knowledge base can help inform your process developing projects, research questions, and evaluation plans using mobile technologies to facilitate informal STEM learning.

Future innovation depends on the 'kids coding' generation

Children today are born into a world where technology has surpassed innovation. What we need to see is innovation matching the pace of technology. This will be fuelled by a new mindset that is geared towards making more from the rapid growth of technology, as opposed to minds like ours that are limited by years of not doing things with tech.

Maker Movement promises to help U.S. declare independence from Chinese goods

The "Maker Movement," a marriage of traditional craftsmanship techniques with the latest in modern designs and production technologies, promises an economy based on financial independence by manufacturing almost anything the market wants through a hybrid of electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking, 3-D printing and traditional arts and crafts.

Texas College Program Aims To Boost Latino Engineering Degrees

Now under a new partnership called the Texas Southmost-Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy, qualified students from the area are admitted to the Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering, but they complete their first two years locally at Texas Southmost and then go to Texas A&M in College Station to finish their engineering degree. During the first two years at Southmost, the courses are being taught by engineering faculty from Texas A&M.

The Global Search for Education: Where are the US Jobs?

A new report, "State Online College Job Market: Ranking the States," indicates that Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington have the most job openings per college graduate. Not surprisingly, the study confirms that the most likely profession for college grads to find work will be in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), managerial and professional offices, healthcare, and tech.

STEM – Will it replace liberal arts?

The varying levels of education required to get a STEM-related job raises the question of the continuing necessity of a liberal arts education – a system in which the institution exposes its students to all different subject areas while also encouraging students to “liv[e] the ‘examined life’ extolled and demonstrated by Socrates.” Will liberal arts education slowly become obsolete and unnecessary as the technical education needed for STEM jobs becomes increasingly important?

Minecraft in school? How video games could be the future of learning

Math, geography, art, design – these are just some of the things that children can learn from the popular video game Minecraft, a new study shows. Essentially a kind of digital Lego through which users can create their own building-block worlds, the game has the potential to engage students in problem-solving, research, creative thinking, and even social interaction, say the Australia-based researchers.

Essay criticizes proposed changes in engineering accreditation standards

If the United States is facing a STEM workforce crisis, as so many economic and industry analysts argue, the worst thing we could possibly do is abandon the very thing that sets U.S.-educated STEM workers apart: the broad education that endows our workers with professional competencies, the perspective to lead organizations in private and public sectors, and the flexibility to adapt to the changing and complex technologies that pervade our culture.

Measuring The Success Of Informal STEM Programs For Girls

Informal STEM programs offer one potential means of improving female participation in these fields, with the “informal” meaning that the learning occurs in an out-of-school environment (Krishnamurthi and Rennie 2013). A program called Girls Inc. Operation SMART, for example, runs an initiative called Eureka!, which seeks to provide eighth grade girls with internship opportunities in math, science, and technology.

With STEM Education, Women Can Create Both Technology and Their Own Futures

The decline of young women’s involvement in STEM education in the U.S. is troubling on many levels. According to Wired, by 2018, the U.S. STEM workforce will be 8.6 million jobs. It’s the fastest growing sector in the U.S. and yet there is a deficit in individuals, particularly women, pursuing these fields. Jobs in technology, engineering, science and related fields are typically intellectually satisfying and well paying, providing women with a path to prosperity and security for themselves and their families.

Why Bending, Not Breaking Rules is the Right Path to Innovation

As a way to better prepare students for the future and arm teachers with more engaging curriculums, the Institute of Play is bringing the principles of game design to the classroom. By developing experiences that simulate real world problems, the institute’s lessons challenge learners to come up with dynamic, well-rounded solutions that draw on competencies across subjects.

Engagement in STEM through robotics, mechatronics, cybersecurity and more

Susan Singer, NSF's director of the Division of Undergraduate Education, joins NYU School of Engineering President and Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan and other officials to announce a number of efforts that make up the Summer of STEM. "It is a priority for NSF to invest in research that will engage students in STEM and give their teachers new tools for deepening their knowledge and integrating STEM topics into their students' learning," said Singer. "We at NSF are excited about the new and ongoing work at NYU Polytechnic." Some highlights:

Students to get hands-on training in drone technology

A California-based nonprofit is planning to invest up to $1 million to bring a high-tech learning lab to the Coleman A. Young International Airport, where Detroit students and the public can get hands-on training in the hot field of drone technology. Students from one high school in the Detroit Public Schools district will be able to take classes there, officials said.

Autodesk Inventor Helps a Teenage Maker through a Labyrinth of His Own Design

Despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, bringing 3D modelling and 3D printing technology into schools is still a controversial prospect for many schools. While it is gaining popularity, and spending on STEM educational materials is growing in general, when some schools are having problems keeping classroom sizes down and textbooks up to date 3D printing can often seem like a luxury.


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