DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World is a giant screen film that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.
Lead author Elisabeth R. McClure and her colleagues did an excellent job describing the importance of STEM development by culling together information not only from scientific literature but also from conversations with researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. The report emphasizes that STEM fields rely on more than just knowledge of facts like 4 + 2= 6, that tomatoes are really fruits, or how to operate computers. No, STEM success relies on broader abilities, such as strong reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware engineering Maker Faires. That is apparently the thinking at Intel, the giant computer chip maker, which is retreating from its longtime sponsorship of science fairs for high school students.
GE has announced goals of having 20,000 women to fill STEM roles at GE by 2020 and obtaining 50:50 representation for all our technical entry-level programs. The program will significantly increase the representation of women in its engineering, manufacturing, IT and product management roles -- a strategy necessary to inject urgency into addressing ongoing gender imbalance in technical fields and fully transform into a digital industrial company.
Thanks to the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in schools, many parents recognize these should be an essential element of children’s summer experiences. But trying to choose a summer STEM program can be overwhelming. What are the most desirable characteristics of a summer robotics and STEM camp?
Engineering, computer science and biomedical science -- these topics sound like college majors, but they're the three pillars of a new program offered to elementary-aged students.Schools nationwide are trying to educate children for STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and math) and provide them with skills for jobs in growing sectors like tech and science.
The following interview discusses how Frances Judd creates unique and deliberate STEM based learning opportunities by using Osmo Coding, the first iPad game that teaches kids to code in the most intuitive way possible: with their hands.
Educational best practices that apply to all the fields of science recognize common observations, such as knowing that students tend to learn more from hands-on activities than a lecture. Yet, much more research is needed to frame more effective approaches to teaching science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) topics with their complex and sometimes interlocking concepts.
Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than simply playing in the dirt. They can be learning the beginnings of environmental science and plant biology and practicing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals: despite a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, they continue to be excluded from participating fully in it, according to the United Nations page of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is why research in science education is fundamental to address inequalities at all levels in science, technology and innovation.