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Don't Let STEM Become a Fad

March 12, 2018

While attention is being given to STE(A)M clubs, subjects and teachers, it is important to bring everyone's attention to the idea as the lynchpin of a larger shift. Yes, we have written about this before, but we think it bears repeating.  STE(A)M will fade as just another fad unless school leaders and teachers build a foundation for it across the system.

U.S. News STEM Solutions Partners with USA Science & Engineering Festival to Host "Workforce of Tomorrow" Conference

March 12, 2018

This year's conference will focus on the theme of "Skills, Jobs & the New Collar Economy," highlighting ideas to ensure that employers can find the talent they need to compete in a time of exponential technological change. Sessions will cover topics such as building effective workforce partnerships and policies, understanding and adapting to the new world of new collar jobs and how educators are innovating to fill the jobs pipeline.

Eight ways to introduce kids to STEM at an early age

March 12, 2018

The authors of “The Roots of STEM Success” reviewed more than 150 studies and found that kids capable of developing complex thinking skills before they are even verbal. The report also found that different types of play are essential for developing skills critical for STEM fields, like curiosity, questioning and analysis.

More girls in the engineering career pipeline makes the world a better place

March 11, 2018

In this increasingly complex world, we need everyone -- women and men -- to solve problems. We are at a pivotal moment in time as society recognizes the need for gender equity and the critical role that women must play in making the world a better place.

Why technology is at a tipping point in U.S. schools

March 11, 2018

While Culatta and Elia both see technology’s role in the classroom as a foregone conclusion, they also recognize that there is no guarantee that technology will live up to its promise if more isn’t done to help teachers use it. Culatta, for one, believes the use of technology in America’s schools is at a tipping point.

Senate addresses maintenance tech shortage

March 11, 2018

In an attempt to spur more new A&Ps, Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Richard Bluementhal (D-Conn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) sponsored the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Development Pilot Program, which was introduced March 7. The bill has overwhelming support from a diverse group of aviation industry organizations including AOPA.

Best practices (and common pitfalls) of edtech privacy policies

March 08, 2018

Edtech vendors should strive for clarity and specificity in their privacy policies to enable school administrators to make smart choices.

Is technology essential to teaching, or should parents be able to block internet access at school?

March 08, 2018

Is the internet an essential tool for learning, or should parents be able to decide if they want their kids online at school? One lawmaker is pushing a plan to scale back on teaching with technology.

Worried About The Skills Gap? Here's What One State Is Doing

March 07, 2018

Iowa’s employers, like most around the country, are ringing alarm bells about a skilled worker shortage, and the state’s leaders are responding - by setting a goal for 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce to acquire education or training beyond high school by 2025.

Enrichment program boosts STEM for black students but leaves Latinos behind

March 07, 2018

Researchers trying to figure out how to get more black and Latino students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics usually focus on those students’ college years. In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, Cornell sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline - in high school, when students’ commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify.

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