STEM

Cracking the Code: Innovative Startups Bring Coding to the Masses

One such company is Code Academy, founded in 2011 on the simple principle of “teaching the world how to code.” Code Academy offers training for free and has already served more than 24 million students worldwide. Traditional university computer science programs focus on skills relevant to higher-level information system issues. But Code Academy focuses on more practical skills, like learning HTML and CSS in order to create web pages. In other words, they teach the skills that are most in demand in the workplace.

10 Things I Wish I Knew About My STEM Job in College

Life does change after graduation, and it doesn’t hurt to know what to expect. Sometimes, the reality of your working life doesn’t quite align with the fantasy of it. No problem. Here are some tips and hints from some STEMers in the field about what they wish they knew about their STEM job in college.

Teachers Give Girls Better Grades on Math Tests When They Don’t Know They Are Girls

Victor Lavy of the University of Warwick in England and Edith Sand of Tel Aviv University recently published a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research that suggests one reason girls do less well in math is because teachers expect less of them.

MLK Jr. Memorial STEM Video Game Design Challenge

The Challenge initiative focuses on the mentoring youth in the use of, Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (“STEM”) skills and systems thinking; by challenging them to design original computer games. Designing a computer game involves systems thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, communication, iterative design and computational thinking — all critical skills for pursuing successful 21st Century STEM careers.

Futurists, executives talk innovation at 30th Emerging Issues Forum

Technological change is rapidly bringing about a hyperefficient society where entrepreneurs will enjoy maximum freedom to shape the world, a popular futurist told more than 1,000 people in Raleigh at a two-day conference focusing on innovation. “We have the first generation to grow up digital and these kids are different,” said futurist and author Don Tapscott. “Youth are the authority on something really important.”

Illinois School Districts Begin Transition To STEM Education

To shore up what a state education official called the nation's "leaky" pipeline of science, technology, engineering and math talent, local school districts are in the midst of a curriculum transformation. Illinois is among 26 states that have recently worked to update its math and science standards geared toward preparing students for the evolving and fast-growing fields in science and technology.

Bridging the Gap for Top-Ranked Female Stem Students Requires Disruptive Strategies

Navigating the waters through higher levels of education and into the workforce can be daunting. Creating formal structures allowing currently successful women in STEM to devote time, energy and knowledge to upcoming students benefits not only the student, but the mentor and business as well as they garner insights and ignite innovation.

Learning math early a key to success

“Early math education has been a critical missing piece of a child’s development,” said event organizer Susan Wood, executive director of the Children’s Center at Caltech. “One of the things we know about young children is that they are a fertile ground for learning.” She said that by the time children start kindergarten, they should know basic concepts of math, including how to count, add and subtract.

Pew survey: 84% of scientists say US lagging on STEM education is a major problem

The mediocre math and science scores among US students has been well-known for a while now, and public opinion reflects that. Only 29 percent of Americans rate the US Science, Technology, Education, and Math, or STEM, education as above average or best in the world. Thirty-nine rate it as average, and another 29 percent rate it as below average.

Your college major is a pretty good indication of how smart you are

Do students who choose to major in different fields have different academic aptitudes? This question is worth investigating for many reasons, including an understanding of what fields top students choose to pursue, the diversity of talent across various fields, and how this might reflect upon the majors and occupations a culture values.

Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word For Today’s STEM Talent

Thanks to massive advancements in automation technology and analytics software, the American manufacturing industry of today is a far cry from the assembly lines and manual labor of the past. Manufacturing in the 21st century is a high-tech fusion of software and mechanical engineering, automated processes and complex production equipment, 3D CAD models and on-demand parts. The fortunate result of this modern-day industrial revolution is an expanding demand for highly skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related positions.

Closing The Computer Science Gap, From Classroom To Career

That necessity is the mother of innovation is Silicon Valley’s undying mantra. With such an insurmountable need to train California’s students in computer science for the state and nation’s growing need, why are California schools still stuck in 2003? For example, 56 percent of California high schools don’t offer computer science courses at all.

Inspiring more children to be professors, engineers, scientists

The ripple effect of STEM education can be felt far beyond the classroom. In 2009, the U.S. Labor Department released a list of the 10 most desirable job candidates, and eight of those were people with training in STEM fields. Another U.S. Labor Department study predicted the 10 fastest-growing fields between now and 2018 — all of them were STEM fields.

Camps for the Kid Who Loves Science, Tech, Engineering, Math

The camps, ranging from private half-day camps for younger children to longer sleep-away camps for teenagers, cater to kids who are passionate about STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) or who just love immersing themselves in projects involving thinking creatively and problem-solving.

Investing in America’s Future through R&D, Innovation, and STEM Education: The President’s FY 2016 Budget

The Budget provides $67 billion for basic and applied research (the “R” in R&D), a $2 billion increase from 2015 enacted levels. The Budget increases total funding for three key basic research agencies (the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories) by $0.7 billion over the 2015 level to $13.8 billion. The Budget provides $31.3 billion to support research at the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $1 billion over 2015 enacted. The Budget also supports increases for basic research at other Federal science agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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