STEM

NASA Launches 2015 Space Apps Challenge to Spark Innovation

During this three-day code-a-thon, participants are asked to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. “These challenges provide opportunities for US and global citizen scientists, engineers, and students to interact and contribute  to space exploration through code development, data analytics innovation,  open source software and hardware,” said Deborah Diaz, agency chief technology officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

5 helpful grant opportunities for STEM teachers

School funding is a challenge even in the post prosperous of times, especially when it comes to ed tech–technology is always changing, and maintaining or upgrading initiatives, tools, or resources is not always free. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students.

Solving minority underrepresentation in STEM careers

The role of parents and communities in promoting educational achievement is paramount to Arva Rice, CEO of the New York Urban League. In February, the organization published A Parent's Guide to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to provide caregivers with the tools and support to assist children in making good academic choices and to provide encouragement and ultimately increase representation in science and technology jobs.

7 Organizations Working to Promote Women in STEM

Organizations promoting women in STEM focus on different aspects of the development of women as scientists. Some aim to foster interest in science among young girls, others to make work climate more friendly to women, and still others to build strong networks on which women can rely.

On International Women’s Day, Thoughts On Gender And STEM

As we commemorate International Woman’s Day 2015, we decided to explore why the number of  women entering technology fields does not reflect the global population. We asked four members of the Internet Society Hall of Fame for their insights on how to attract more girls and women to careers in technology.

American Teens, Young Adults Lag Behind International Peers in Tech Skills, Analysis Finds

Forget about the PISA results that show how poorly American 15-year-olds do against students in other countries when solving real-world problems in math, reading and science. What about the Millennials? According to new analysis by testing company ETS, this generation of adults born after 1980 demonstrate "weak skills" in literacy, numeracy and technology problem solving —  in spite of having more years of schooling than all other previous generations.

Celebrate Women's History Month with the Big Dream!

The Big Dream Movement connects organizations, academia, and resources to girls around the world to help them pursue futures in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The movement is anchored by Big Dream, a documentary film that follows the stories of seven young women who are breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges to follow their passions in STEM fields, especially in technology.

Wayne students are making strides brick by brick

Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide a learning atmosphere where children can learn, build, and play with LEGO bricks. Programs are based on model plans designed by engineers and architects introducing students to various themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks. The overall program inspires kids to take part in educational play while engaging their curiosity and creativity, according to the program's website at www.bricks4kidz.com.

Rise of the Robots: STEM-Fueled Competitions Gaining Traction Nationwide

There’s a robotics movement under way at schools across the country, and it’s aimed squarely at developing a passion for STEM education in the kids who need it the most. Building robots is a sport for the mind, and, despite being unorthodox, it’s become an officially recognized high school sport in two states, and more states are set to follow.

6 Ways You Can Close Your Talent Gap by Supporting STEM Education

There has been a lot of talk about getting students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as a way of filling the talent gap, particularly in manufacturing. But many companies today are doing more than just talking about it. Some manufacturing CEOs are making it a strategic priority.

Joe Courtney: Promote STEM for security and prosperity

During the House Education and Workforce Committee’s daylong markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill earlier this month, I introduced an amendment to focus federal education dollars on the promotion of STEM from preschool through 12th grade.  The amendment would provide grants to hire STEM teachers (who can command higher salaries outside of teaching), help school systems develop STEM curricula better aligned with their workforce needs, and help engage young girls and minorities in the exciting, rewarding fields of STEM.

Encourage the next generation of STEM professionals

So, what to do about this problem? Specifically, what can small, local business do—and why should they care? Note that unfilled STEM jobs slow down business growth, lower productivity, and lead to lower revenues--whether you're a STEM business or not. In ASQ's 2014 Engineering Week survey, we asked our members to give engineering students some advice. Their suggestions apply just as much to businesses that may be employing such students as interns or staff.

The employment picture is improving for STEM majors

The years since the financial collapse of 2008 have been tough on young workers, but times seem to be improving for many, according to a new report on college graduates from employment expert Anthony P. Carnevale and economist Ban Cheah, both of the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce in Washington, D.C.

Where are the best paying STEM jobs? Right here in Montgomery County

Looking for a job in STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)?  Look no further than Montgomery County. A recent report by Smart Asset (smartasset.com) lists Rockville and Bethesda as the top spots in the nation for well-paying STEM jobs.  The area (which included Frederick, MD) beat out Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Boston and New York in offering the most financially rewarding opportunities.

Early-career researchers the missing link for STEM diversity

Although women earn about half the bachelor’s degrees awarded in biology and chemistry , they are underrepresented in all other STEM disciplines – mathematics, computer science, earth sciences, engineering and physics. Women are half the population, but hold only 28% of science and engineering jobs. Native American and Alaska Native students earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields at about the same rate as white students ( 21% for women and 27% for men ), but are not employed in STEM fields proportionally.

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