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Amid Sweet Briar Battle, Women's Colleges Remain Important and Relevant

Helen Drinan | Posted 03.27.2015 | College
Helen Drinan

When I first heard the news that Sweet Briar College would close, I thought it was a mistake. How could this be true? Shuttering this respected, 114-year-old women's liberal arts institution seemed implausible.

Love To Learn? 3 Reasons Why You'll Succeed In STEM

Nadia Morris | Posted 03.27.2015 | Technology
Nadia Morris

If you love to learn, then a career in STEM might be the path for you and, at this point in history, you couldn't pick a better time to get involved in a STEM career.

Adorable Girl Scouts Ask Obama 'What Have You Come Up With?' And Then They Hug It Out

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.27.2015 | Good News

A team of Girl Scout Daisies showed some super flower power at the White House on Monday. “The Supergirls,” aka Troop 411 -- a team of five 6-...

Obama To Young Scientists: 'Keep Asking Why'

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli & Paige Lavender | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

A new spinal implant, an automated page turner and a more efficient way to make energy from algae. Those are among the projects that young scientists ...

Why Music: The Secret Sauce of Success

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Frank Fitzpatrick

With all the evidence and examples of how early musical training can affect one's level of success, it should be a no-brainer that music be a prerequisite in every child's development and education.

Why The World Should Know The Names of These 5 Women In STEM

Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

In 2011, women made up only one quarter of the American workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and their presence in co...

Why Pi Day Matters

Morgan Reed | Posted 03.14.2015 | Technology
Morgan Reed

March 14th is a special date that math enthusiasts and educators mark on their calendars every year. It's Pi Day, and many celebrate the occasion by highlighting the critical importance of computer science education.

Free Devices Will Help 1 Million U.K. Students Learn To Code

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.16.2015 | Good News

Coding is the door to the digital future, and kids are holding the key. On Thursday, the BBC launched a major initiative called Make it Digital th...

Beyond Math and Bridges: Women and Engineering Creativity

Be An Engineer | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Be An Engineer

Math and science are important parts of engineering, but so is creativity. We're coming up with new ideas, new projects and new technologies to change our business. It's invigorating and personally rewarding on levels I never could have imagined as a college freshman.

The Science of Learning and Trying

Mariette DiChristina | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Mariette DiChristina

There's no end to what we can achieve if we all start sharing, working, and learning together, to help prepare our students for a future that is ever changing. I, for one, can't wait to see what we'll come up with next -- together!

How Technology Can Help Close the Skills Gap in STEM Education

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Felix W. Ortiz III

A new report from the Education Testing Services (ETS) group highlights a relatively silent but highly urgent problem in America: the skills gap in STEM (science, technology, education, and math) education.

No, Science Isn't 'A Boy Thing.' And These Genius Girls Prove It

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

Science isn't just for one gender -- just ask the girls in Microsoft's new ad. Despite their young ages, they all have impressive scientific accom...

5 Ways Men Can Inspire And Encourage Women In STEM

Bryant Stewart | Posted 03.09.2015 | Technology
Bryant Stewart

In order for us to continue to be prolific innovators, we need to attract the best minds to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields -- and half of those minds belong to women.

The Global Search for Education: Education and Gender

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

PISA's just-published report, The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence, gives a much-needed update on the status of gender in education today. Francesca Borgonovi (PISA Analyst) and Marilyn Achiron (Education Editor) compiled and wrote the PISA findings. To discuss the report further, I invited them to share perspectives.

The Rigor and Reward of Engineering

Be An Engineer | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Be An Engineer

Math and science came easy to me growing up. My teachers understood how to encourage those interests. They challenged me, but they also built my confidence by giving me opportunities to serve in leadership roles.

Let Us Lead: Remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

Each year a key focus of my talk here is the economy. Since I first spoke to you, we have moved Massachusetts out of a recession, into a position of strength. Unemployment is down from January 2009 and we recently added the most jobs since 2008. Massachusetts is on the move.

Machiavelli in the Classroom

John Ewing | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
John Ewing

The notion that we can judge success after one or two years is simple ignorance. Test scores can be valuable to students, but education is far more than a few dozen tests in Math and English. Education is not naturally a part of politics, and when politicians get involved in the details, they inevitably make a mess.

Choose Your Own Path

Jen Yates | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Jen Yates

As a mom to a newborn and two young children, a wife, computer scientist, engineer and leader, my goal is to become the same kind of supporter and champion for my children that my parents were to me.

Career Day Re-Engineered

Be An Engineer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Be An Engineer

As a female engineer, I can't say I'm surprised. But what she does mimic is my excitement for my job, my confidence and my devotion to the science that makes my work so important.

Engineer's Week: Prioritizing Women in STEM Today and Moving Forward

Claire Topalian | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Claire Topalian

Solving for the lack of women in STEM fields is a task that requires buy-in from everyone -- not just women, not just parents of young girls, and not just educators who are trying to level the playing field as early as possible.

No, Blue Collar and Middle-Skill Careers Aren't Second Rate

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Felix W. Ortiz III

In 2015 and beyond, blue collar jobs are abundant and lucrative. Its time to end the myth that blue-collar America is second-best America.

Never the First to Finish: Why Pace Matters

Smart Parents | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

Remember how it felt to be halfway through a math quiz and a classmate gets up and turns it in to the teacher? Maybe that other student rushed, or maybe he or she just happened to be super speedy. Either way, I always came to the same conclusion: I'm just never going to be that fast.

Who Can Increase the Number of Latino Engineers? Other Engineers, of Course!

Omar De Leon | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Omar De Leon

Children are born naturally curious. They ask questions about why things exist, how things work, what things do. That sense of wonder doesn't end at any particular age.

Engaging Students: Online and Offline

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Learning is inherently satisfying. All of us have experienced the joy of learning and discovery at some point in time in our life. Learning leads to better understanding, new knowledge, skills and expertise. Whether it is learning how to ride a bike, read a book, write code, or build something -- children are inherently excited about learning.

How Math And Mentoring Can Help Equip Young African-American Males For The Future

Art McCoy, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
Art McCoy, Ph.D.

We cannot always improve society for our youth, but we can improve our youth for society.