Most girls are first taught how to save by banking their coins in a jar or piggy bank at the early age of five. While direct lessons from parents can help shape a child’s perception of money and finances, experts agree that the most effective education is through demonstration (Fast Company).
The best way to help young kids understand math concepts isn’t by standing in front of a white board and rattling off multiplication facts. Rather, it’s by letting them see math in action. Board games are a great way for little learners to get a grasp on skills such as pattern recognition, spatial reasoning, problem solving and visual perception. Here are some of the best board games for kids under 8 that encourage mathematical thinking, according to math educators and parents.
Few students will become architects, but architecture may be able teach them more about real-life problem-solving than geometric proofs. This offers a unique approach to STEM and much of school, where too many classes ask students to solve a problem with a predetermined answer or memorize and recite key information.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America counters the persistent myth that the United States is falling behind in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). The study looked at the skills of computer programmer graduates around the world by using a standardized programming test.
Educational techco littleBits is partnering with The Walt Disney Company to close the gender gap in STEM through a one-year pilot project called Snap the Gap. Launching in California, 15,000 ten-year-old girls will be given a building kit to invent and play with their creations, provided by Disney, a subscription to the educational platform JAM.com, and a female mentor who can help them develop in STEM.
With its bright, flat cables hanging out everywhere, it may look like some retro computer cobbled together in a 1980s garage in the colorway of a 1990s shoe, but this is Lego’s latest, most technologically advanced set. It just happens to be aesthetically inspired by Lego’s very first robotics kits. Its name is Spike Prime, and it’s been designed to teach engineering to kids in sixth to eighth grades while keeping it compatible with all Lego bricks. Sadly, you won’t be able to buy it in stores.
Like many industries, the defense and aerospace sector faces a talent shortage for critical STEM-based roles. With a looming workforce cliff and competition from other fields to recruit for the hundreds of thousands of unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, our industry faces the alarming possibility of not being able to replace its retiring talent.
The bill, called the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, comes in response to a study published last year that found 58 percent of women in STEM fields say they have been sexually harassed. It is the companion measure to a House bill introduced earlier this year by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).
The STARBASE program is run at student academies set up on existing military bases. The goal of the program is to provide STEM-focused experiments and activities to motivate students to further explore STEM subjects throughout their continuing education. The STARBASE academies serve students who are historically underrepresented in STEM: students who live in inner cities or rural locations, are socioeconomically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability.
Pondering how we can ensure young people are better prepared for the future of work, it is great to step outside your comfort area for ideas and solutions. I recently came across a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Although written more than two years ago, their UK STEM Landscape research has several striking findings. One of which is fewer than half of UK domiciled engineering students enter professional engineering occupations.