More than most people realize, K-12 is often a realm of duplicity. The main strategy is to pretend to care about a subject or skill, but in fact to undermine it. The educrats dissemble even as grades plummet, until the public is thoroughly confused about which reforms might actually work. Despite endless chatter and assurances, there seems to be no genuine attempt to improve K-12. Quite the opposite.
With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEM education has seen a renewed focus by both schools and companies. Yet, according to a new report released by Catapult X, a leading STEM marketing company and founder of STEMREPORTS.COM, not enough has been done to make engineering education accessible for educators and students.
According to that research, HackerRank estimated that 17 percent of its users are women overall. But by narrowing the data set just to 2016, they found that 24 percent of users that year were women. They also found that India, the United Arab Emirates, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, and Italy are the six countries with the highest percentage of women developers.
The five Alliances, as NSF calls them, will allow STEM educators to scale up existing diversity efforts by partnering with like-minded businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, and local and state governments. The goal is to tear down disciplinary, geographic, and cultural barriers that hinder efforts to promote broader participation in STEM.
"These investments by NSF will help us identify advances in graduate education that address current and future STEM workforce needs," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources. "We have an opportunity to test innovative strategies in STEM graduate education to underscore the importance of interdisciplinary and broader professional training.
Although science may seem to be underappreciated in D.C., demand in the federal government for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) expertise remains high. Each September since 1973, the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program has responded to this pressing need by bringing scientists and engineers to Washington for a yearlong placement.
The centers provide military youth with access to advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. A fully dedicated STEM educator will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help youth program participants develop their STEM skills and critical thinking.
Actuarial science is the most valuable college major, according to a Bankrate.com study of 162 degrees. Other fields of study that topped the list also fell in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, bolstering the efforts to get more students involved in STEM programs.
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Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) on Thursday unveiled legislation to create a Department of Labor grant program for apprenticeships in cybersecurity. The bipartisan bill, known as the “Cyber Ready Workforce Act,” would establish grants to help create, implement and expand registered apprenticeship programs for cybersecurity.