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Innovation: Pass It On

Amrita Venkatraman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Amrita Venkatraman

Technovation is an all-girls competition to encourage more women in tech. Many girls (I used to be one of them) feel as though computer science is a field where one simply sits behind a desk, staring at a computer monitor and typing all day. Not a very exciting, glamorous job. Technovation defies that myth.

STEM Is a Liberal Art

Linda Rosen | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Linda Rosen

We must never forget what the STEM subjects have in common with sister disciplines like literature and history. Yes, they help us get good jobs, but they also help us grasp what it means to be human and live a good life.

Photo Diary: Techbridge Girls Summer Academy

Techbridge Girls | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Techbridge Girls

To us, it couldn't be clearer. One of the biggest deterrents to getting girls in STEM is the messaging culture sends them. Girls need to be told that engineers are creative problem-solvers that matter -- and that they too, regardless of their gender, can succeed. That's why we at Techbridge Girls have decided to showcase the work our students will be doing together in the STEM fields during this year's Summer Academy, Girls Go Global, taking place the last week in June.

How to Get Girls to Like Engineering

Techbridge Girls | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Techbridge Girls

It's the messaging of role models like Judy Lee that can help draw kids into engineering and technology. The National Academy of Engineering conducted research to better understand how to connect today's youth to engineering. The messages that make a difference: engineers are creative problem-solvers, engineers make a world of difference, and engineers help shape the future.

7 Tips for Funding Science Education

Douglas Haller | Posted 08.24.2013 | Technology
Douglas Haller

Realistic expectations, passion, and vision are not enough. Funders want to see concrete results from their investments. Successful proposals explain how progress toward the objectives will be measured. Include opportunities for formative assessment - immediate feedback that informs and allows you to improve your work during the funding period.

w An After School Program Helped Me Become A Woman In Tech

Dilainy Abreu | Posted 08.21.2013 | Technology
Dilainy Abreu

How did I become a girl in STEM? I joined the after-school robotics club. Soon after joining the team, it was apparent that I was the only girl. This did not discourage me, though, because I was quick to observe that I could do everything the boys were doing.

A Case for Parents as the Ideal Science Educators

Tara Chklovski | Posted 08.20.2013 | Technology
Tara Chklovski

I am an aerospace engineer and I have founded a global science education nonprofit, Iridescent. Our goal is to inspire children to observe the world around them, to ask questions, to try and solve problems and to invent new solutions. Over the past seven years of working with thousands of children and parents, one truth has emerged - that parents are the ideal science educators. Here is why.

Women Have The Skills To Stand Out In STEM Fields

Padmasree Warrior | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Padmasree Warrior

NMSI reports that men over age 25 held 87 percent of bachelor's degrees in engineering fields. Only 23 percent of workers in STEM-related jobs are women, yet women make up 48 percent of workers in all occupations. The higher you go on the corporate ladder, the lower these numbers become. You don't need to be a math whiz to see that these numbers don't add up.

Ask A Physicist: 5 Tips For Women In Science

Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology

Editor's Note: Lilyvania Mikulski, the Assistant Director of the Office of Media Relations at Florida International University, interviewed Idaykis Ro...

Students: Prepare for a New Era of Design Innovation, Says Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs

Alice Korngold | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Alice Korngold

Preparing engineering students for global problem solving is good for business and good for the world -- motivating students in STEM education, preparing graduates for employment, advancing women, training people to find solutions to vital issues, and fostering global economic development.

Building A Tech Career

Laura Merling | Posted 08.17.2013 | Technology
Laura Merling

These are questions we ask every single day, and I will continue to ask questions to challenge the status quo. Because I know that above it all, it is the questions - not necessarily the answers - that drive our progress and reveal the real opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

What The Great Gatsby Says About Our Antiquated Transportation System

Jasmin Sadegh | Posted 08.14.2013 | Technology
Jasmin Sadegh

The Great Gatsby showed me how the cars and outfits have changed, but commuting into and out of the city has not been updated much since the 1920s. Yes, bridges and roads have been improved, but it is still faster to get to certain places via car than train.

How To Stand Out For The Right Reasons

Maria Quintero | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Maria Quintero

Being one of the few women studying engineering at Florida International University proved to be an experience that further fueled my drive and passion for the field. It also quickly made me realize that I had to make a name for my capabilities before people made conclusions about me because of my gender.

A Modest Proposal: Thinking Outside the White Male Box

Hank Williams | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Hank Williams

I have a modest proposal that could easily quadruple the inventive capacity of the country. It's simple, yet powerful, and with the right funding, it could be a game changer. The idea: let's completely remove the shopworn expression "think outside the box" from circulation for retooling.

Halfway Point: The Benefits of Multiple Milestones

Michael Dezube | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
Michael Dezube

How can one encourage a team to work on a project with a more even level of effort throughout, so that it is always completed by the deadline or sooner?

Why A Science Degree Is Key To Success

Anne Chow | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Anne Chow

Don't get me wrong, strength in the language arts is vitally important, too. However, you have a lifetime to continually work on those skills - whereas, in my experience, the same is not true for STEM-related abilities.

5 Times in a Career When Academics Should Hire a Coach

David Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
David Goldberg

Given that universities do not yet pay for coaching, to what extent does the coach accommodate those who are paying out of their own pockets?

Advancing Women in Science and Technology is Critical for Innovation

Bill Destler | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Bill Destler

In summary, a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent. This is especially true for colleges and universities, like RIT, that specialize in innovation.

WATCH: Engineering Students Use Dance To Solve Problems

AP | Posted 05.29.2013 | College

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Engineering students at Northwestern University are getting a leg up on the competition. They're learning to swing dance in a for-cr...

What's STEM Got to Do With It?

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.24.2013 | Technology
Julie Kantor

So what does STEM got to do with it? Why should 'we the people' care about STEM? It ties to everything, education, skills and to where the jobs are and will be

How To Use Videos To Inspire Students To Think About Scientific Principles

Mamta Patel Nagaraja | Posted 07.23.2013 | Technology
Mamta Patel Nagaraja

Let's watch the video and then discuss how you could use it to inspire and fascinate a student to think about scientific principles and material behavior.

The Joy of Vulnerability: Public, Personal & Otherwise

David Goldberg | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
David Goldberg

After finishing up a post over at Big Beacon on Educating Wholehearted Engineers & Educators, I was reflecting about the notion of vulnerability and the ways in which we are vulnerable both publicly and privately.

Drones May Revolutionize Farming, Experts Say

Posted 05.20.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/20/2013 11:33 AM EDT on LiveScience SAN MATEO, Calif. — The word "drone" tends to conjure ...

Building the STEAM Renaissance, the Era of Light & Achievement

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

During the last three months, I've had the privilege of collaborating with a group of profoundly compassionate and brilliant teens. They have reclaimed the elements that many times over have made the U.S. great -- imagination and action.

In Praise of Unsung Heroes in Science

Larry Bock | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Larry Bock

While the average American young person will likely have no trouble detailing the latest antics of such stars as Ashton Kutcher, Lindsay Lohan, or Kanye & Kim, most, sadly, would be hard-pressed to tell you who the following trailblazers in science were.