U.S. News & World Report is pleased to announce the 2018 STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, named in advance of this year's U.S. News STEM Solutions Presents Workforce of Tomorrow conference, which will be held April 4-6 in Washington. U.S. News looked for leaders who have achieved measurable results in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; challenged established processes and conventional wisdom; inspired a shared vision; and motivated aspiring STEM professionals.
The Windows maker is looking to entice students to learn more about STEM and enjoy the experience at the same time. For instance, Minecraft will soon get a Chemistry Update that will be utilized for students to experience "hands-on experimentation" on building compounds, the purpose of which is to stimulate the young minds and steer them into the basic concepts of chemistry.
Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake introduced legislation on Thursday that aims to increase the annual quota of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 85,000. The H-1B is a common work visa granted to high-skilled foreigners to work at companies in the U.S. It's valid for three years, and can be renewed for another three years.
Calling it an "old strategy," 100Kin10 is also watching as lawmakers increasingly turn to legislation to streamline emergency credentialing of teachers to address crisis-level teacher shortages. In Virginia, for example, the governor turned to executive directive to allow state colleges and universities, which have previously only offered graduate level teaching degrees, to offer undergraduate majors in teaching too.
What makes a STEM program excellent? I spoke with Eric Iversen, vice president for Learning and Communications at Start Engineering, which promotes STEM education in grades K-12, by email to learn what an excellent STEM program looks like. Iversen says STEM is tricky in an institutional setting, but the best programs put resources into the following areas...
The path to more women in STEM sounds simple enough: introduce the concepts to girls well before they reach ninth grade. “High school is too late,” said Pius Wong, an engineer, teacher and founder of Pios Labs. “It appears girls make decisions on what they want to do early on. If we can expose them to cool science projects or role models who are mathematicians, scientists and engineers early, that makes a big difference.”
When it comes to diversity in tech, the question that has haunted the industry for the past several years is ‘are we doing enough?’ “I don't know if I'll ever be able to say we're doing enough because I don't think I'll be able to say that until we're at 50%,” confesses McAfee Chief HR Officer Chatelle Lynch, “but we're sure doing everything I know how right now.”
Parents, too, can have a powerful and dramatic impact outside the classroom by fostering girls' interest in STEM to help them develop a lasting passion for these subjects and activities. Consider these three tips to promote and encourage interest in STEM outside of the classroom.
"We need teachers to be empowered to create vibrant learning environments in their classrooms to attract and retain our greatest educators," said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, the executive director of 100Kin10, in a statement. "The data show that this means we must give teachers permission to experiment in their teaching. There is no authentic STEM without experimentation; this can be true at every level in a school."
When Americans are asked why more students don’t pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM), they are most likely to point to the difficulty of these subjects, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.