In 2017, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan and Cooper Standard partnered together to create a STEM education program, recognizing that the highly publicized skills gap is really rooted in an interest gap with students. The goal of the program is to inspire and educate middle and high school students to consider STEM-related careers. The program will reach approximately 3,000 students throughout southeast Michigan each year and has generated overwhelming interest from students, teachers, and program volunteers.
The Government Accountability Office (GOA) reported that of the 13 federal agencies surveyed that administer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs, there were 163 STEM programs funded in fiscal year 2016 that were designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented students studying or improve the quality of education in STEM.
According to Micha Kilburn, director of Outreach and Education at the National Science Foundation’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics Center for the Evolution of the Elements, people have been studying STEM education for as long as we’ve been doing science. But it wasn’t until recent decades that these studies became more formal. Since then, the field of STEM education studies has been on the rise, with studies done both in academia and in industry, many dealing with diversity, inclusion and intervention.
The Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. announced significant, near-term commitments to provide employees with better training opportunities. Boeing will offer a combination of increased work-based learning (apprenticeships and internships), continuing education, on-the-job training, and “re-skilling." Lockheed Martin committed to create 8,000 apprenticeship opportunities and invest $5 million in vocational and trade programs over the next five years.
It is time we reprioritized how we think about education -- not in terms of federal, state, or local expenditures, but in terms of the quality of education our citizens receive as an investment in our nation’s defense. For a well-resourced country like the United States to be undereducated and underskilled in today’s world not only is economically and socially reprehensible, it undermines current and future national security.
The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants to know about efforts to educate and train the future semiconductor workforce, and how the U.S. government can help. NIST has asked for input on this topic from semiconductor companies, and their suppliers, trade associations, equipment manufacturers, educational institutions, and other related organizations, for a new report.
Without women to pave the way for other women, the cybersecurity industry will continue to suffer from a limited talent pool. Women are less likely to have role models and mentors in STEM-related fields who embody the career opportunities available to them, and who can also show them how to realize those opportunities.
As there has been a concerted effort to attract and retain women in STEM fields, a new survey from the Exelon Foundation has some disappointing results. It showed that only 50% of the next generation of women remain optimistic about the future of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
The US Girl Scouts campaign to promote STEM education is advancing to its next logical step: even more badges. The organization is introducing 30 new badges that promise to foster scientific and computer know-how across the Scouts' age groups.
Girls currently make up over half of the United States’ gifted student population. If girls have the smarts needed for success in STEM, then what factors explain why they don’t pursue education and careers in these fields? There are two types of beliefs that discourage girls from pursuing STEM at an early age...