Advanced Placement classes teach curriculum designed by the College Board, and are offered to high school students as college-preparatory classes. Following completion of the course, students may take an optional AP Exam to demonstrate their mastery of the course content, and potentially earn college credit. While AP classes are not the only way to learn this content, participation in this curriculum provides a lens for analyzing equity in STEM education.
Earlier this year, after discovering that female students only had a 34 percent STEM course completion, Coursera, a popular online course provider, decided to run a test. One hypothesis is that seeing other women in STEM could encourage female learners and help close the gap,” a Coursera blog reports.
One school in the northeast Bronx is making its mark with the first all-girls team to compete in a national robotics competition. Led by coach Sheree Petrignani, the Comets, from St. Catharine’s Academy, will take its Cobra robot, a unique and smaller triangular robot, to the national stage at the VEX U.S. Open in Waukee, Iowa.
One area in desperate need of examination is the way we teach mathematics. Many Americans suffer from misconceptions about math. They think people are either born with a “math brain” or not -- an idea that has been disproven -- and that mathematics is all numbers, procedures and speedy thinking.
Policy makers and educators around the world are trying to encourage more students -- especially female students -- to pursue degrees in STEM fields. One strategy for doing so is called “curriculum intensification.” But new research suggests the strategy fails to achieve the desired results.
For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., came out on top -- proving to have one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the country. The capitol city also has a relatively large percentage of female employees in tech, at about 41%. Though the study didn't delve into the reasons that D.C.
The campaign, unveiled March 7 to coincide with International Women's Day, focuses on ambitions of girls in science, technology, engineering and math fields. One of the girls featured in the campaign ad says, "There's always going to be someone that says, like, 'No, you can't do it.' I think I can!"
Despite the promise of STEM jobs and the advances women have made in education and in the field, the U.S. is far from achieving gender parity in STEM. Two new surveys shed light on the problem. A Microsoft survey asked young women in Europe between the ages of 11 and 30 about their views regarding STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Schools and celebrated nonprofits like Girls Who Code are making great strides in encouraging female students to embark on careers in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- related fields. But that pathway narrows considerably by the time young women reach college and then actually choose their careers.
“The lack of women in technology roles really starts in education,” said Crystal Valentine, vice president of technology strategy at MapR Technologies. “It starts at the time when students are starting to think about their careers, primarily at the college level when they start to declare majors.”