Parenthood derails the careers of many in STEM, especially women

February 21, 2019

Almost half of women and a quarter of men leave careers in science, technology, engineering and math after they have their first child, a new study shows. Researchers found that 43 percent of women and 23 percent of men walk away from full-time STEM jobs after starting a family, according to the study released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Check out these 10 AR apps for your classroom--coding not required

February 20, 2019

For teachers who have always wanted to use augmented reality (AR)--tech that overlays content on top of the real world--but haven’t had the chance to explore it, Jaime Donally has heard you. In her presentation “Creating Classroom Content in Augmented Reality,” she gave attendees some inside help on which apps to use in the classroom. With programs ranging from beginner level to current AR practitioners, she offered 10 apps that can help educators get started with no coding skills needed.

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best

February 20, 2019

There are a number of digital classroom offerings available for K–12 teachers to use. However, none are more widely adopted than Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams. While both have similar features, they each offer unique tools that suit some classrooms better than others.

Can AI Pass the Grade When It Comes to Teaching and Learning?

February 19, 2019

AI has been used in ed tech classroom applications for some time. Like smart speakers in homes, AI-powered tools in schools are growing at an exponential rate. But their level of effectiveness in meeting student-learning outcomes is a topic of much debate. A recent RAND Corporation report takes a long look at the research on AI in education and comes away with an “it depends” answer on its level of effectiveness, and “not so much” on whether educators need worry about AI replacing them in classrooms anytime soon.

Guard leaders participate in STEM event, mentor students

February 17, 2019

Leaders from throughout the National Guard joined other Service members in mentoring more than 400 high school and college students during the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Global Competitiveness Conference, held recently in Washington, D.C. The event allowed students to gain insight from Guard leaders, many of whom have STEM backgrounds.

Wilbur Ross, Ivanka Trump Introduce Workforce Advisory Board

February 14, 2019

The chief executives of Apple Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Walmart Inc., are among 25 prominent Americans who will shape Trump administration efforts to develop job training programs to meet the changing demands of U.S. employers. The creation of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, announced by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump on Wednesday, will work with the National Council for the American Worker established last July by an executive order.

Larsen Introduces Legislation to Boost Access to STEM Job Opportunities

February 14, 2019

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today introduced legislation to help high school students access in-demand jobs related to growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries by creating a pathway through community college and into an in-demand apprenticeship.

Raising an astronaut... or a scientist, or an inventor, or an engineer - STEM programs prep kids for the future

February 13, 2019

Not every child will be an astronaut, but all children have dreams that can benefit from hard work and parental support. Lamp says she tried to encourage her daughter to follow her passions and treat setbacks as opportunities for growth. Children should explore, she says, and take risks and try new things and fail and try again. "I don't like to see kids over-structured," she says. "They need to be creative."

Engineering Experiences with Informal STEM Education

February 13, 2019

For many of us, the time spent in school getting our formal education looms large—all those recess revelries, group projects, favorite teachers, and high-stakes tests. So it can be surprising to learn that children spend only 20% of their waking hours at school, and the average American spends only 5% of their lifetime in the classroom. This leaves a whopping 80-95% of our lives lived outside of school.

Study probes effect of virtual reality on learning

February 12, 2019

In a new study by Cornell University, scientists explored whether the compelling, immersive nature of virtual reality (VR) provides a better learning outcome than conventional hands-on activities. The study provides better intellect how the novelty of technology affects how people use it.


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