An (Almost) One-Woman STEM Revolution Brings Photonics to Light

Colette DeHarpporte is on a mission. For the CEO of Laser Classroom, DeHarpporte’s Minneapolis startup, light, laser and optics technology—otherwise known as photonics—is a STEM educational tool with the potential to change the lives of elementary and secondary school kids around the world.

The Importance of Extracurricular STEM Education

The increasing awareness of the importance of STEM means that there are now untold organizations offering after-school and summer programs. When seeking the right program for your child, it is important to ensure that it is age appropriate; if it is too basic or advanced, you run the risk of them losing interest. Make sure the program is interactive and encourages thinking and creativity and where the teachers have real-life STEM experience.

Cognizant CEO Says STEM Education is the Fundamental Sustainability Issue of our Time

Cognizant’s view is that creativity and innovation coupled with STEM are essential to producing the products and services we will need in the future…We believe that education, and particularly STEM education, is the fundamental sustainability issue of our time, since the solutions to poverty, global health issues and climate change will require a highly educated and STEM-literate population.

AT&T to provide Florida students real-world STEM experience

For the 2015 school year, AT&T will help answer an age-old question on the minds of every high-school student: “When am I ever going to use this?” The telecommunications giant announced this week they will be offering students in nearly 30 Florida districts an opportunity for hands-on experience in sciences, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Italian History Illustrates Consequences Of Rapid STEM Workforce Expansion

For some illumination, it’s helpful to look at how other countries have responded to the pressure to techify their workforces. A new study from Stanford looks at what happened in Italy, when a 1961 law doubled the number of students in STEM majors graduating from the country’s universities.

More Hispanics Earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Physical Sciences and Engineering

A new report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Statistical Research Center has found that the number of Hispanic students receiving bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences and engineering has increased over the last decade or so, passing 10,000 degrees per year for the first time in 2012. The overall number of U.S. students receiving degrees in those fields also increased over the same time, but it increased faster among Hispanics.

The Best College Majors for Business Success: STEM

STEM advocates argue that the rigor of a STEM education better prepares students for the skills that are most in demand in a modern economy. Still, sometimes students resist this, thinking that with a STEM education they will be "locked into" a job in a laboratory, without the opportunity to advance into broader endeavors.

Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science

“We have not done a good job of teaching the intro courses or gateway courses in science and math,” said Hunter R. Rawlings III, president of the Association of American Universities and a former president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa. “Teaching freshman- and sophomore-level classes has not had a high enough priority, and that has to change.”

An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Lt. Heidi Beemer is one of 21 finalists for the Mars Society's Mars Arctic 365 program — a one-year simulated Mars exploration mission planned for next year in the high arctic. In December, she finished a two-week simulation test for that mission at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

Tech companies are banding together to bring more girls into their world

“We’re all familiar with the ingrained stereotypes, but what we wanted to explore were the subtle cues given to young women, cues that guide their interests,” Tami Erwin, an operations executive with Verizon said in December at a Paley Center event on how Hollywood can encourage young girls to follow science and technology careers.

Schools use arts to generate passion for science

( -Studies since at least the 1990s show that there is a relationship between the arts and academic success. In one, University of California-Los Angeles researcher James Catterall looked at the academic success of 25,000 students nationally and found that those involved in visual arts or music had higher grades and were more likely to attend and graduate from college.

Putting Scientists on Pedestals May Discourage Students From STEM Fields

( - Perhaps educators need to strike a balance, telling the struggles with the successes of collaborative study. Teachers can still engage their students with exiting personalities from science, just make sure they're real, and not over-inflated.

Why science education matters

( - A Mercy College professor explains the importance of science education in the early grades, and offers ideas for engaging students.

A formula for success in the classroom

(The Washington Post) - The need for more qualified candidates in the technology industry could not be more dire. Jobs are unfilled, and needs are unmet. In schools, the need to meet students’ interests and offer stronger education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is frequently discussed, yet systemic solutions are few and far between — and typically difficult to implement.

Federal workforce 2014: Hiring millennials and closing the STEM skills gap

The big question facing the federal workforce in 2014 was one that persists year after year: How does government compete with the perk-filled, high-salary private sector for the innovative minds starting their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields?


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