Since 2010, there has been a 59 percent leap in jobs for software application developers -- and a 15 percent jump in pay, to an average $102,300 last year -- according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accounts of tech engineers earning more than pro athletes keep making headlines. So why aren’t more U.S. college students majoring in computer science?
Big manufacturing companies in Alabama are looking for skilled workers for jobs they say they can’t fill. After-school programs can provide the connection, he said, because they engage kids in a different way than school does. In schools, kids are doing reading, writing and arithmetic, Morin said. “They don’t see the real-world relevance [of what they’re studying],” he said.
If all goes as planned, New Hampshire, where Christa McAuliffe taught youngsters to "reach for the stars," will be getting a Challenger Learning Center. Southern New Hampshire University has applied to the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education for approval to build one of the hands-on learning centers on its Manchester campus.
The shortage of high-quality STEM teachers has long been a problem in national efforts to improve K-12 STEM education. This has colleges and universities looking to explore innovative approaches to strengthen the preparation of STEM teachers and to recruit STEM majors into teacher preparation programs.
A strong future Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce is vital to sending humans to Mars, yet a new survey commissioned by Lockheed Martin shows about a third of U.S. middle school and high school teachers (36 percent) see enthusiasm from their students about STEM learning.
Policymakers and education leaders have long been calling for a focus on STEM in K-12 education in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the need for high-quality STEM teachers as the driving force behind increased student achievement in STEM. Teacher preparation programs, and differences among programs, play a significant role in producing effective STEM teachers.
America’s pharmaceutical industry, a $333 billion business employing 854,000 people, is predicting a huge shortage of skilled employees over the next eight years - a deficit blamed in part on a lack of high-quality STEM education in U.S. K-12 schools.
Around the country, science instruction is changing—students are being asked to make models, analyze data, construct arguments, and design solutions in ways that far exceed schools' previous goals. That means science testing, of course, needs to change as well.
Children’s toys have come a long way -- from the Frisbee to the Kano, Easy Bake Oven to Dash and Dot. The latest plaything, available now to pre-order on Kickstarter, is designed to inspire a new generation of inventors.