News out of Blacksburg, Virginia finds the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation joining an ever-growing list of grantmakers focused on STEM diversity. The Bethesda, Maryland-based foundation gave the school a $15 million gift to Virginia Tech to increase the number of minorities in its engineering department over the next five years.
UTeach grew out of the conviction that public universities have a profound role to play in improving the public education system. This year marks the 20th anniversary for UTeach at UT Austin. The program focuses on a teacher training model that provides students with opportunities to take risks, fail and recover and ultimately excel beyond the standards.
With the ever-changing best practices and new technology in education, I always try to update and adjust my own learning. I’m a lifelong learner and I believe my students should be as well. That’s why our school gradually introduces STEM concepts, and coding in particular, to students as they progress through each grade level. We emphasize two learning stages to build fluid STEM integration from kindergarten to 4th grade.
Today’s high school students are expected to decide on a life path early, and dedicate everything to pursuing that track. This is especially true for teens considering a STEM field, such as engineering or science, as they often use their high school experience to take all the STEM courses that will prepare them for college. While it can produce students with high technical capabilities, this hyper focus can have serious drawbacks.
While there’s a rising growth in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs in the United States, there’s a dwindling number of Americans interested in and qualified for pursuing such careers. Animal behavioral scientist and Southern Illinois State University-Edwardsville visiting professor Danielle Lee wants to change that, particularly with populations traditionally underrepresented in those fields - women and minorities.
As robotics applications proliferate across multiple sectors, the report authors predict more schools will introduce robotics technologies in order to prepare students for future career pathways. “Robotics competitions are providing learners with opportunities to explore STEM challenges and to apply their skills toward developing solutions to major global issues,” according to the report. “Teachers are also using robots to augment classroom instruction and promote student engagement.”
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has teamed up with NASA and the SETI Institute to create a new series of space science badges. The program, called "Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts," features six new badges that align with NASA's space sciences: astrophysics, planetary science and heliophysics.
“The demand for educational video games, simulators and other game-based learning devices to learn STEM subjects is increasing because it encourages students to undergo live projects or real-time activities so that they can learn by experimenting. The incorporation of game-based learning in STEM subjects help students to overcome the fear of failure in STEM-related examinations by boosting their confidence.
The center started CompuGirls, where girls in grades 8-12 attend programs to learn about the latest technology. Women who have found success in STEM fields mentor the girls who attend the programs. “It’s really important for young people to see themselves reflected, and their future selves reflected, ...