STEM

Robotics, 3D printing take center stage at IMTS

Fleisher believes that the key to a better manufacturing future is to improve math and science education. In the past, anyone could find a satisfying job in manufacturing production sector. Today, students need more education in computer science, coding, design, trouble-shooting and critical thinking ability to land a career in manufacturing.

Leaders discuss STEM’s future at FedScoop’s Tech Town Hall

A host of panelists tackled STEM from a number of angles, including ways STEM professionals are rapidly advancing technology, how STEM careers can be promoted throughout underprivileged schools and how students can be sold on STEM’s “cool factor.”

Colleges, Employers Team Up to Train, Hire High-Tech Workers

"Industry is not getting either the quality or quantity of employees they need," says Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. "So they are having to get involved."

'You can't beat this classroom,' Education Secretary Arne Duncan says of U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Duncan participated in a panel on STEM education that also included a NASA astronaut and students from Grissom High School and Alabama A&M University. Afterward, he was asked about his visit to Huntsville, which included a tour of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, where the STEM panel was held.

UA Paves Way to Redefine Undergraduate STEM Education

In June 2013, the Association of American Universities announced that the UA and seven other project sites would receive grant funding through the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, which was established to address a nationwide demand to improve STEM education and to retain more majors and expand the workforce in STEM fields.

Women tech leaders call for changes in STEM education, perceptions

The only answer to this pressing challenge, according to a group of women technology leaders from government and industry, is to adjust the education system so that children — especially girls — are taught at a younger age that STEM subjects are both cool and important to society.

The Lack of Women in STEM Is a National Security Issue

Part of the key to overcoming that disparity, the NGA's Ellen McCarthy said, is continually showing young girls the options available to them in different fields, and engaging them in occupations that might be more meaningful.

A push to sell research

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses.

As Education Costs Rise, Miss America Scholarship Program Leads Way

Along with the 53 contestants vying for the crown, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, who herself received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in brain, behavior and cognitive science, visited the city to help promote Miss America’s education and empowerment mission and share their own exceptional journeys.

Essential to STEM Education: Other Subjects

Educators, business leaders and politicians say science, technology, engineering and math education needs to start as soon as students enter school – and be better integrated with other topics, too.

Wal-Mart’s Rick Webb says nation must do more to boost STEM education

Over the past few years the retailer has added at least 600 engineers to its ranks to continually look at each process from the supplier to store shelves with goals of streamlining logistics and reducing costs. “The bottom line is that engineers are critical to accomplishing the global footprint and profitability of Wal-mart...

Robotics challenge coming to Louisville

The 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship, April 15-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, will celebrate the accomplishments of future leaders and advance their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, officials said Thursday.

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts

A foundation in STEM education is exceptional at making us more efficient or increasing speed all within set processes, but it’s not so good at growing our curiosity or imagination. Its focus is poor at sparking our creativity. It doesn’t teach us empathy or what it means to relate to others on a deep emotional level.

Teens are already thinking about tomorrow's jobs

...a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. suggests high school seniors are more aware of the challenges they face when it comes to the so-called skills gap. The majority of those teenagers said they already know what fields they want to pursue, with STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) topping the list of their choices.

In a STEM-obsessed world, let’s remember to value real inventions over test scores

If educators don’t start producing better test results by the time the next round of PISA test results come out in 2015, the risk is that all those tablet apps and 3D printers and robotics kits will start to look like just shiny and expensive toys. What’s the good of a $1,000 3D printer if kids still can’t figure out what to do with it? (Those PISA scores are supposed to measure “practical” skills and not “theoretical” skills)

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