Administrators from the Houston area discovered a more effective way of teaching terminal velocity and gravity--by keeping students afloat on 150-mph winds inside a vertical tunnel. The experience--hosted by the indoor skydiving facility iFLY--is one of many physical activities that schools use to better engage students in STEM courses.
A new American Petroleum Institute study concluded that many of tomorrow's best-paying careers, including those in the oil and natural gas industry, will require training or education in a STEM discipline, and highlighted opportunities for women and minorities. Today API unveiled the report during an event at George Washington University in partnership with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
More high school students around the U.S. took college computer science courses last year than ever before, but in what states are they more likely to take advanced coding classes? Rates of adoption vary heavily state to state. Maryland and Rhode Island rank the highest, according to new 2016-2017 school year data from the College Board collected by Code.org, an advocacy group that’s been pushing for more computer science in schools.
A Georgetown University study suggests 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require more than a high school education by 2020. Hence it is clear that much work needs to be done to narrow the educational achievement and economic opportunity gaps in the U.S. In addition, there is the sobering statistic that only 9 percent of low-income students earn a Bachelor’s degree by the age of 24, in contrast to 77 percent of their higher-income peers.
At an after-school STEM club in Rhode Island, students are working on an engineering challenge -- because they want to be. The low-stakes, fun environment offers time for exploration when resources or hands-on activities may be in short supply during school hours, and can help sustain interest as classes get harder. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports.
U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Todd Young, R-Indiana, have made it their mission to help students get career and technical education skills. Earlier this year they introduced the “21st Century Strengthening On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act," which would give federal funding for equipment for career and technical education programs and give teachers more training on how to use the equipment.
“Getting children at a young age to be immersed in STEM, and not separating the boys to the sandpit and the girls to a garden, having them be equal with the toys and the lessons and what you’re choosing to teach them -- I hope I can help foster that sense of equality in STEM,” Vassalo said.
One of the selling points for Boeing to come to South Carolina in 2009 was a strong technical school system, according to Tommy Preston, director of national strategy and engagement and government operations for Boeing S.C. He said that same technical school system will continue to support Boeing, as well as other advanced manufacturing in the state.
To spark students’ interest in science and technology, some school districts have turned to afterschool programs focused on STEM. Now, some suggest the success of these programs could be instructive when making changes to in-school STEM programs.
Hands-on STEM experiences are what Space Camp is all about. Like Scouting, the program puts young people in an environment where all five senses are engaged and learning comes naturally. A Boy Scout troop or Venturing crew acquires leadership skills in the context of a fun weekend campout. Similarly, a Space Camp team gains STEM skills and inspiration outside of the classroom.