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2018 Status Report on Engineering Education

June 16, 2019

Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, this APLU report examines trends in engineering degrees conferred at national and institutional levels to determine areas of growth among various groups, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in engineering, and which colleges and universities graduate a larger number of underrepresented groups in specific engineering disciplines.

STEM Delivery Kit Brings Science to Doorstep

June 13, 2019

Katie Stephens, a mom and educator, developed MakeCrate, a monthly subscription service that delivers a package with hardware parts and instructions. It challenges kids, ages 11-15, to build and code small devices like robotic cars or alarms.

Virginia Tech Is Investing $1 Billion In An 'Innovation Campus' Right Next To Amazon

June 13, 2019

Virginia Tech is building its newest campus in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, just south of the planned location of Amazon’s site in Arlington. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands made the announcement Monday morning in Alexandria, joined by officials including U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), who hailed the $1 billion graduate campus as a leap forward for technology education in the Washington region.

Why is College So Pricey?

June 12, 2019

Conservatives and progressives both agree that attending college has become an enormous financial burden. They disagree, however, about the causes of this problem. Douglas Webber, Professor of Economics at Temple University, Jason Delisle, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Neal McCluskey, Director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, discussed possible causes of high college prices and what can be done to lower them.

Senators introduce bill seeking to help international STEM students to work in US

June 12, 2019

On Friday, June 7, 2019, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019. The bill provides a path for international students studying at a U.S. institution for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advanced degrees to stay and work in the U.S. by exempting students who have criteria-approved job offers from the Green Card cap.

Preparing kids for the future by making STEM subjects fun

June 11, 2019

Leo and Elise Silva are both the oldest children in large families, so they have always been involved in teaching children. As professionals, Leo Silva went into the automotive industry and Elise Silva became a teacher. So when they were looking to start their own business and discovered Engineering for Kids, it seemed like a perfect match for them, and they opened a franchise in Las Vegas.

Taking the Future of Manufacturing Into High Schools

June 10, 2019

Robots could eliminate 75 million jobs globally by 2022 and create 133 million others, according to a World Economic Forum report released last year. Global manufacturers could also face a potential shortage of 7.9 million workers by 2030, warns a study released last year by the consulting firm Korn Ferry.

Wisconsin needs more kids to take computer science. Can a Microsoft program help make that happen?

June 10, 2019

TEALS is one of Microsoft’s answers to a serious shortage of computer science professionals in the U.S. By 2020, the nation will only have about a third as many computer science grads as it needs, according to projections. There are more than 6,500 open computing-related jobs in Wisconsin alone, according to Code.org, which advocates for more computer science training.

Lack of STEM teachers means fewer graduates for critical roles

June 10, 2019

Efforts are underway to bring more STEM teachers into the classroom. The 100Kin10 initiative, for example, is working with academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations and companies to put 100,000 STEM teachers in classrooms by 2021. But despite these efforts to fill STEM teacher vacancies, the gap persists.

Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities

June 10, 2019

Her mentee, a Latina undergraduate student majoring in biology, was seeking opportunities for lab experience, and shared that she was struggling to find the courage to request a letter of recommendation from a course professor. Her reason, Castruita recalls: “I just don’t feel like my professor thinks I deserve it.”It dawned on Castruita that, as a minority in STEM, she, too, could be hamstrung by doubt about how she felt people perceived her.

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