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How to Spark Interest in STEM

May 26, 2017

"We need to find the opportunity to start that fire for students that are out there today," he said. But that's not an easy task, as this year's U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame recipients explained. Many students lack access to advanced math and science classes, especially those in schools that serve large percentages of low-income students.

Trump's budget moves to end the college tuition rip-off

May 26, 2017

Yep, colleges and universities in America are addicted to taxpayer-subsidized tuition. That's why they keep jacking up tuition faster than the rate of inflation. And that's why they really don't care how much debt your child is straddled with when they graduate. Because whether you pay or don't pay, succeed in life or fail, government-backed student loans make sure the schools get their money, and get it fast, first, and always.

Preparing Graduates to Meet STEM Needs and Opportunities

May 25, 2017

The reality to be confronted is that educators -- and I include myself here -- are not yet developing the workforce needed to fill our country's STEM needs today or in the future. As a result, our graduates are not prepared to grasp the many STEM opportunities available to them.

Planting the seeds for STEM

May 25, 2017

Stereotypes about girls studying and working in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are decades old. While girls play with dolls, boys are given Legos and trains, and then grow up to work at Microsoft and Google. Although this adage is something that is often accepted, it wasn’t fully understood at what age boys and girls begin to deviate in terms of interest in STEM fields and their self-confidence about performing in those fields.

STEM Alone Won't Be Enough

May 24, 2017

“Most good middle-class jobs today -- the ones that cannot be outsourced, automated, roboticized, or digitized -- are likely to be what I would call stempathy jobs,” writes Thomas L. Friedman in his book Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in a World of Accelerations. “These are jobs that require and reward the ability to leverage technical and interpersonal skills...

Minority students face cultural barriers to STEM education

May 24, 2017

Two University of Florida professors, no strangers to the entry barriers for minority students in science, technology, engineering and math fields, explain how the taunting of minority students in a robotics competition are part of a cultural idea that minority students don’t belong in STEM classes.

Tech skills gap: Straight talk on how CIOs can help

May 23, 2017

How can CIOs and businesses help pitch in to train tomorrow's tech leaders? Are today's hiring managers simply too selective, chasing unicorn candidates that don’t exist? How can companies brand themselves as great places to work?

Minecraft: Education Edition's Code Builder Helps Teach Science Standards

May 23, 2017

Sometimes these tools seem to be a perfect fit when teaching other standards such as Common Core for third grade, which requires students to “conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.” You would teach word processing skills as students are conducting their research. But wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool in your Office 365 toolbox where students could re-create a research project in Minecraft: Education Edition and use primary source documents to represent what the text revealed to them?

Meet the rocket scientist in charge of the Girl Scouts

May 23, 2017

She's an entrepreneur, a champion of STEM education for girls and a literal rocket scientist. And now she's in charge of the Girl Scouts. Sylvia Acevedo is taking over as permanent CEO of the organization at a time when membership has just stabilized after years of decline. About 2.5 million girls are involved.

6 steps to strengthen early STEM learning

May 22, 2017

Although STEM education is inarguably essential in today’s economy, it is not always seamlessly incorporated into early childhood education -- and the barriers to inclusion are more pervasive than many educators might realize.

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