Whatever salary the science teacher at your local public school makes per year, subtract US$450. That’s how much money the typical middle and high school science teacher spends out of pocket each year on science lab materials.
Many foreign STEM graduates enrolled with OPT after executive actions in 2008 and 2016 initially doubled (29 months), then later tripled (36 months), the maximum length of employment for foreign students with STEM degrees. The number of foreign STEM graduates participating in OPT grew by 400% since the first employment extension was introduced in 2008.
New analysis of over 2,000 STEM classes in colleges across the United States and Canada has shown professors rely on conventional lecturing rather than more hands-on approaches in their classes, despite the benefits of varied learning techniques. The study notes, however, that this style has been proven to be the least effective method of teaching STEM degrees and engaging students.
A major association of math teachers has issued a call for rethinking math education in pre-K–12. Among the recommendations: to stop the practice of student and teacher tracking and to focus on "essential concepts" that every student should understand. The appeal came in response to flat high school math scores for NAEP that haven't changed in four decades.
Though remedial math was intended to help students succeed in college, research has demonstrated that the courses don’t enhance students’ chances of completing college and can even worsen them. There’s more. The placement tests traditionally used by colleges tend to “under-place” a significant portion of students, sending them to remedial courses they don’t need. Disproportionately, these are students of color.
Paul Daugherty, an executive from Accenture who attended the summit, said they addressed concerned about robots replacing humans in the workplace. “The fear that we have is in the short and medium term, there will be displacement as certain jobs are automated by artificial intelligence,” he said. However, the real issue, he said, is not the lack of jobs but the fact that there is a very large skills gap.
The software industry talks a lot about the software skills gap and the need for more coders. That’s because it’s a real concern – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will 1.4 million open computing jobs by 2020, but only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to fill them. Industry and government should work together to encourage more people to consider jobs in software development, computer programming and cybersecurity.
A lot of countries have included tech in basic and secondary school program to help students become more technologically literate. But sometimes school systems don’t pay much attention to the tech studies, and it often stays unfulfilled. There are still a lot of students and parents who don’t fully understand the meaning and purpose of it.
The majority (75 percent) of all high school students were enrolled in a STEM course during the 2015-16 school year, according to the newest Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). For the first time, the CRDC includes new categories of data on STEM course taking, showing that some higher level math and science courses are offered at fewer high schools.
Jett the robot, the software, and curriculum were all created by RoboKind, a robotic education company based in downtown Dallas. “We’re trying to capture the students at an early age to generate an interest that they can take with them,” said Scott Murphy, national sales manager for RoboKind. “If you don’t capture a child’s attention by the time they’ve reached the sixth grade, you’ve lost them.