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It's true that many jobs have gone overseas, to places where workers are willing to toil for less money. Yet at the same time, American manufacturers have actually added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years. And federal statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs open. The problem? Many of these are not the same jobs that for decades sustained the working class.
Schools in rural Arizona get less teachers, business partnerships and access to technology for STEM education than schools in metro areas, educators and business leaders said.In many rural areas of Arizona, students are falling behind, said Linda Coyle, a former teacher and director of education at the Arizona Science Foundation.
Scientific fields continually push the boundaries of innovation and progress, yet American high school students lack preparation, interest, and engagement in such subjects. Statistics show that in 2013, only 44% of high school graduates were ready for college level math and 36% for college level science.
For my students, process writing was a great way to reinforce what they were learning in pre-algebra, and reading mathematical fiction such as Chasing Vermeer allowed students to see how math mysteries could be solved. But how does one combine several subjects, such as in STEM, STEAM, and STREAM?
With more factory jobs now demanding education, technical know-how or specialized skills, many US plants are struggling to fill positions.
A gender gap persists in science, technology, engineering and math, a problem that researchers say could begin to be understood and then solved through research. U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., has introduced two pieces of legislation to address the issue. The Building Blocks of STEM and Code Like a Girl acts both seek to fund research into early childhood STEM education.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $4.8 million for 10 new projects that will pilot, test and validate innovative and potentially transformative ways to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in graduate education.
Unlike the science and math classes of yesteryear, STEM is not about reading from textbooks or memorizing facts and formulas. STEM is about doing. It’s about helping students to develop a deep understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and giving them ample opportunities to apply that learning.
There will be an estimated two million computing and engineering positions that need to be filled over the next decade. While that might sound pretty great for those excited about job growth, the talent pool in these fields is far from capable enough to fill these positions. Fortunately, there is a solution to the skills gap problem that leading tech firms are committing to in force: closing the gender gap.