The National Science Foundation is seeking to increase the pipeline of science, technology and engineering and math talent with investments in edtech startups that make such careers accessible - and cool - to underserved kids.
Creating more opportunities for super-bright girls to skip grades might be one of the most viable ways to open cracks in the glass ceiling that has plagued STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields for decades. But these days, young children are far more likely to be “redshirted” -- held back from school to allow extra time for physical, socioemotional, or intellectual growth -- than they are to charge ahead of their same-age peers.
Butterfield said students need to make the most of their college experience. “I want you to absorb all of this knowledge that is around you and get your degree from school, and then if you are so inclined, to go on to graduate school or go into your professions or whatever your career happens to be, be the best that you can be.” The best jobs in the future are forecast to be in the field of science, technology, engineering and math, Butterfield said.
It’s wise to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Opportunities for professionals in these fields should continue to expand in the years ahead. But, there’s one major hurdle a lot of young people seem to be struggling to clear. These days, many students aren’t so great at failing.
Analysts from WalletHub used 17 key metrics to compare STEM job markets in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. The 17 metrics were used to evaluate two dimensions—“professional opportunities” and “STEM-friendly environment.” Examples of the metrics include share of workforce in STEM and STEM-employment growth, which both received double-weight points, R&D spending and R&D intensity, quality of engineering universities and family-friendliness, among others.
NASA and Texas Instruments (TI) today (4/19) launched “The Search for STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Each week for the next six weeks, students in sixth through 12th grade will be challenged to solve space-related puzzles for a chance to unlock virtual reward points.
Advanced Placement classes teach curriculum designed by the College Board, and are offered to high school students as college-preparatory classes. Following completion of the course, students may take an optional AP Exam to demonstrate their mastery of the course content, and potentially earn college credit. While AP classes are not the only way to learn this content, participation in this curriculum provides a lens for analyzing equity in STEM education.
Earlier this year, after discovering that female students only had a 34 percent STEM course completion, Coursera, a popular online course provider, decided to run a test. One hypothesis is that seeing other women in STEM could encourage female learners and help close the gap,” a Coursera blog reports.
From 2006 to 2016, degree completion in the so-called “hard sciences” increased in prevalence for both genders. Excluding social sciences and psychology, the percentage of bachelor’s degrees accounted for by S&E disciplines increased five percentage points for men, and two percentage points for women.
One school in the northeast Bronx is making its mark with the first all-girls team to compete in a national robotics competition. Led by coach Sheree Petrignani, the Comets, from St. Catharine’s Academy, will take its Cobra robot, a unique and smaller triangular robot, to the national stage at the VEX U.S. Open in Waukee, Iowa.