STEM

10 HBCUs That Graduate The Most Black STEM Students

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) found in 2014 that 72 percent of Black graduates with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) doctorate from an historically Black college and university earned their undergraduate degree at an HBCU as well. These top universities and colleges are proof that HBCUs matter and produce high-quality graduates.

Boosting women in STEM, one girl at a time

Sen. Patty Murray said programs like the Fred Hutch internship (which is open to both young men and women from TAF Academy) that allow students to solve real research problems are especially important to spur women’s interest in science and medicine. “It’s the same in politics,” Murray said. “Women will go into politics because they want to solve the problem. One of the things you’re doing with this program is it’s not just how to use a pipette, but why do you want to use it, and what are you going to do with it?”

Girls Can Build

Ideal for classrooms and afterschool programs, Girls Can Build uses durable brightly colored building materials and collaborative activities to encourages girls to explore, experiment, communicate and problem-solve. Designed for primary (grades K-2) and secondary levels (grades 3-5), each activity uses interest-based learning to develop an understanding of STEM topics. Girls are able to explore urban planning, structural design, physics, math, and storytelling which enables them to gain critical thinking and logical reasoning skills.

Number of Women in STEM Jobs Declines

Even if more young women are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the number of women actually in STEM jobs is on the decline, a new report by the American Association of University of Women finds. Only 12 out of 100 computer scientists are women, the report reveals. The AAUW report titled “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing” explains that the number of women in computing has taken a nosedive from 35 percent in 1990 to only 26 percent today.

Metro to set up new 5-year high school offering associate’s degree

Officials at Metro Early College High School say the Metro Institute of Technology is a five-year program in which students could graduate with a two-year associate degree or technical certifications that help them compete for jobs. They can get a head start on their bachelor’s degree. They can work after high school with an associate’s degree and industry credentials. They can work while trying to attain their four-year degree.

Do kids with Legos turn into engineers?

iSPACE, a nonprofit STEM education group, is piloting a new program at Roselawn Condon and Hartwell elementary schools. It's called the IGNITE Grant LEGO program, and once a week, for about an hour, iSPACE staff or volunteers come in and use Legos to teach the students about physics and engineering.

Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop

Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new store on its site that’s dedicated to selling STEM toys and games. The shop will feature a variety of items for children of all ages, the retailer says, which are focused on encouraging kids to develop science, technology, engineering and/or math-related skills.

Attracting Latina Students To STEM Careers, One Role Model At A Time

What will be the tipping point for Latinas in STEM? It starts with family. I was lucky that my family was so supportive. Not all parents are. It’s critical to reach parents of young Latinas and address the pervasive cultural resistance to allowing daughters to move away from home and go to college. The message has to underscore the opportunity parents have to help their daughters grow up to become self-sustaining women.

Women In Technology: The Rise Of The Female CDO

The Chief Digital Officer is one role where women are outpacing men by two to one, according to a FierceCIO article citing research by Gartner , which also notes that the number of CDOs who are women has been growing dramatically every year. There are certainly some prominent examples, including Rachel Haot, CDO for New York State (and previously the City of New York), who was chosen Chief Digital Officer of the Year in 2014 by the CDO Club.

April is Math Awareness Month

Do you love math but are unsure about what types of jobs exist outside of academia for math majors? Fortunately, this is a great time to be a math major, because as math drives innovation it also drives careers. Here are profiles of 17 people who turned their aptitude for and love of math into rewarding and diverse careers in business, industry, and government.

How My DIY Computer Got Confused for a Cookie Box Because I'm a Girl

It was the questions I kept receiving which made me really start reflecting on what had made me feel like I could "do" science in the first place. Was it a complete obliviousness to social cues? Was it a conscientious disregarding of the statistics I had heard repeatedly about gender in STEM? I suppose it was a little of both, but the biggest thing for me was being surrounded by women who I could look up to as role models.

Race, ethnicity, gender, family income to be studied as metrics for STEM success

Sarah Ovink, an assistant professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has won a 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development CAREER Award to study how race, ethnicity, gender, and family income are linked to career success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM fields. Its goals are to identify the influences behind this variance and to develop programs that increase the numbers of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

An artist's argument for STEAM education

The great American engineer Buckminster Fuller once said, "When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty, but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." I'm not sure if Bucky knew this intuitively or if he learned it, but I believe his observation to be insightful and accurate.

The backlash to STEM education

Recently, Fareed Zakaria (a journalist for whom I have a lot of respect) published an op-ed titled “Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous.” With a splashy title like that, you can be certain that I clicked through. The article makes many good points; however, his arguments are based on a shallow understanding of STEM, 21st century skills, and innovations in education. Today, I’d like to break down these understandings, and show how STEM education actually can help solve the problems he presents.

How to Energize a Weak STEM Lesson

When schools offer a STEM program, curriculum is critical. It’s not science, it’s not math, it’s STEM. And the lessons need to be shaped by STEM principles and criteria. Most kids like solving problems, and this is a real plus for designing STEM lessons that appeal to all students. If they can apply what they learn in science and math (using the engineering design process) to come up with viable solutions to vexing problems, think what reality and purpose that can bring to their learning.

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