Education

The Education Opportunity in Opportunity Zones

July 07, 2019

More than 8,700 newly created Opportunity Zones are now racing to attract a portion of the $6 trillion in capital that may flow under a provision of the new tax law enacted in 2017. The law uses a package of tax incentives to jumpstart economic development in distressed communities by financing local startups, building small businesses, or developing properties--but there are also opportunities for education institutions and workforce-development programs.

Virtual Coding App Addresses Diversity in STEM

July 07, 2019

To address gaps in women and minorities entering STEM careers, Pitsco Education and SmartGurlz are debuting Smart Buddies, a new solution that focuses on third to fifth grade students. The app guides students through a virtual experience in which "buddies" lead them through a series of coding exercises.

How to Fight STEM's Unconscious Bias against LGBTQ People

July 07, 2019

Although few studies on LGBTQ people in STEM exist, the growing evidence is sadly unsurprising. Estimates suggest LGBTQ people are roughly 20 percent less represented in STEM fields than expected. When LGBTQ people persist in STEM, they report more negative workplace experiences than their non-LGBTQ counterparts, and roughly 70 percent of out STEM faculty members report feeling uncomfortable in their department.

Makeblock Motionblock is a useful STEM tool for older kids

July 05, 2019

A few months ago, I reviewed the Neuron Explorer kit from Makeblock. I really enjoyed getting to use it and we’ve since implemented it in our STEM lab at my school. The folks from Makeblock sent me their latest kit for review, and I’ve spent the past few weeks building things to see what I thought. Here’s my review of the Makeblock Motionblock.

What's the Best STEM Toy for Little Kids? Playing Outside.

July 02, 2019

There are after-school STEM programs, STEM summer camps and a steadily growing market of STEM toys, all of which seem to share a common goal: promote skills necessary for academic success and subsequent access to better-paid jobs. Unfortunately, though this goal is accepted as virtuous by parents anxious about their children’s economic future, there remains no real proof that STEM toys are effective and (perhaps ironically) little data-backed support for the STEM premise.

DENSO Foundation Awards Over $1 Million in STEM Education Grants to 26 North American Colleges and Universities

July 02, 2019

DENSO, the world's second largest mobility supplier, announced today it awarded more than $1 million in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education grants to 26 colleges and universities across North America. The grants are made possible by DENSO's philanthropic division, DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF), and support the company's mission to help cultivate tomorrow's workforce.

Where to start? Inside one California district's approach to redesign STEM education

July 01, 2019

Inside the staff development training room at the Tracy Unified School District, a group of about 25 teachers and curriculum specialists gathered this summer to overhaul the district’s approach to teaching science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The plan is to go from an approach in which most subjects are taught separately to one in which lessons integrate state standards in math, science, computer science and English language arts.

STEM Education: Lessons From 20 Years of Data

July 01, 2019

As the number of jobs in STEM fields and the related demand for STEM skills grows, discussion among educators and policymakers is increasingly focused on how well students are being prepared to meet these needs. Simultaneously, interest is growing in how other countries prepare their students in crucial STEM-related subjects at school.

How Can Organizations Address The IT Skills Shortage? Here Are Four Things To Consider

June 30, 2019

In an increasingly digital jobs landscape, technology skills are critical to continued growth; however, the skills gap continues to rise. The U.S. does not have enough people ready to step in and fill these high-paying jobs. In my 20-plus years of recruitment, primarily in the IT space, this has been a common refrain. Despite ongoing changes in technology, a gap remains between the roles companies are trying to fill and the amount of available talent.

Why is girls' interest in STEM careers shockingly low?

June 30, 2019

A new survey shows that the number of girls interested in pursuing STEM careers is alarmingly small–and it continues to decline. The survey from Junior Achievement, conducted by the research group Engine, shows that only 9 percent of girls ages 13-17 express an interest in STEM careers, down from 11 percent in a similar 2018 survey.

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