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Do You Feel Clueless About STEM? How To Support Your Child This School Year

October 19, 2018

Here’s a little secret that should be general knowledge: Not having the answer is the perfect place to start when it comes to learning STEM. That cluelessness you feel? It’s actually an asset. In fact, knowing the answers to your child’s homework questions could derail the very learning you want to occur.

Girl Powered Initiative Rallies Thousands of Students to Explore STEM Careers

October 18, 2018

Girl Powered, a global initiative that is increasing girls' access to and confidence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, launches a series of hands-on workshops this month. The Girl Powered Flagship Event, to be held Oct. 20 from 10am - 2pm CT, for students grades 2-12, at Texas Instruments (TI) headquarters in Dallas, will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Knatokie Ford, biomedical scientist, former White House Senior Policy Advisor and female STEM education advocate.

How Do We Fix The Manufacturing Skills Gap? Lots Of Ways!

October 17, 2018

It's a common complaint and worry among manufacturers today that they face a serious skills gap. There's been plenty of ink spilled about the critical need for people trained in the skilled trades: electricians, welders, machinists, and so on. But the gap is much greater than the skilled trades, and goes to a breakdown in fundamental knowledge in working with one's hands, along with the dwindling desire to work in manufacturing.

Girl Scouts of the USA and Discovery Education Launch National Initiative to Inspire Young Girls to Pursue Careers in STEM

October 17, 2018

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Discovery Education announced Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist - a national initiative to spark girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The program will provide educators, Girl Scout troop leaders, and families with standards-aligned curriculum aimed at addressing gender equity in STEM education through a series of girl-led, girl-tested and girl-approved resources for students in grades 2-5.

Chinese Companies Seek to Buy U.S. Campuses

October 16, 2018

A Chinese company that until January went by the name Jiangsu Zhongtai Bridge Steel Structure Company plans to purchase a nonprofit American music college. What could go wrong? Plenty, argue faculty members, donors and alumni who oppose Rider University’s plans to sell the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., to the company now known as Beijing Kaiwen Education Technology Company.

Betsy DeVos Steers Federal Grant for 'Innovation' to STEM Programs

October 16, 2018

Programs focused on helping schools to improve instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, were big winners in the latest round of the Education Innovation and Research grants. In fact, of the 18 winners, at least 11 appear to have some sort of STEM twist. EIR, a $120 million program, is intended to help test out and scale up promising practices at the state and district levels. The STEM focus with this year's round of grantees is no surprise. In fact, Congress told the Education Department to funnel at least $50 million of EIR's funding to STEM in fiscal year 2018, which covers this round of grantees.

How to help children succeed in a technology-filled future

October 15, 2018

If the basic uses of current technology is known to children, what can a school -- the place in which kids learn the most -- do to challenge children and help them use their devices in the most effective ways possible? As advanced technology continues to be created, elementary schools are correct in moving with the world and providing technology-based curricula for their students.

STEM Helps Students Launch into the Future

October 14, 2018

Science and technology classes are crucial to prepare students with the skills they will need to be a part of the next workforce generation.

Mozilla's ambitious plan to teach coders not to be evil

October 14, 2018

“You can’t take an ethics course from 50 or even 25 years ago and drop it in the middle of a computer science program and expect it to grab people or be particularly applicable,” Baker says. “We are looking to encourage ways of teaching ethics that make sense in a computer science program, that make sense today, and that make sense in understanding questions of data.”

We Still Need Career And Technical Education - Even With 3.7% Unemployment

October 10, 2018

The American economy added 134,000 jobs in September, according to the US Department of Commerce. The unemployment rate sits at 3.7% - the lowest since 1969. On the other hand, earlier this week Verizon announced 44,000 layoffs to its global workforce, including a significant portion in the United States, and the outsourcing of 2,500-5,000 jobs to external contractors.

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