Virtual and augmented reality in the classroom has proved to be effective for history and chemistry lessons. However, a new use for these tools is now emerging: teaching computer science. Currently, one of the few setbacks to integrating virtual reality is a lack of readily available content. While this may seem like a negative, it opens a new door for teachers to encourage students to explore the world of coding and create their own virtual reality worlds.
Women and students of color are widely underrepresented in the majority of STEM fields. Most discussions take a ‘deficit’ approach to the problem, citing deficits of minority groups as a reason for discrepancy. However a new study looks at how instructional style and perceived professor care influence decisions of students from underrepresented groups to major in STEM.
As the world increasingly relies on advanced technology -- in computing, manufacturing, health care, and more -- science and technology are becoming inextricably linked in the U.S. job market. More and more, the jobs with better pay and job security are in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- fields.
Women face many barriers when it comes to post-secondary education, and this is especially true in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as in traditionally male-dominated trades like welding. These barriers are even higher for mature female students -- those who are at least 24 years old -- who are often discriminated against when they want to pursue their studies.
College administrators have long debated how to attract minority students -- black and Latinx men and women -- to science and technology fields. It turns out these students already have an interest in those fields, at least according to a new study. But black and Latinx students enrolled in STEM programs are either switching majors or dropping out of college at higher rates than their white peers, the study concludes.
"STEM is “an educational paradigm that integrates both process- and content- oriented curriculum, and is based on standards,” explains author Harry T. Roman. And in IEEE-USA’s new, free March audio book for members, Why STEM Is Important, Roman demystifies the concept--for engineers--and for anyone else who is interested. In clear, direct language, listeners learn what STEM is, what it is not, and why this educational model promises to launch a new era of U.S. economic productivity.
Want a fulfilling career where you can make an impact across a wide variety of industries? A STEM job might just be for you! Here are three things you need to know about working in STEM.
The IT company Cognizant has supported the development of the STEM workforce for years, most notably through its Making the Future program. This strategy falls in line with a larger trend of corporations using their funding to train and upskill the kinds of employees they will need, as we’ve reported. Making the Future launched in 2011 and focuses on Maker culture and spaces--creative, hands-on learning environments where people experience and explore STEM equipment, processes, and making.
Parents have been asking schools to teach younger North Dakota students more computer and cyber science including coding and even cybersecurity. After all, the jobs are certainly there with more than 350,000 openings nationwide in cybersecurity, for example, and only a handful going into the field, according to statistics provided to the state.
Traditional education practices emphasize teaching students the answer (As if every problem has one specific answer or only one predetermined outcome). As well intended as these practices may seem, it is not the reality our students will meet in their futures. In reality, every situation has multiple, possible outcomes and there are normally several solutions to every problem. What our students need to learn how to do is to determine which is the best solution or best outcome.