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The Congressional STEAM Caucus May Turn STEM to STEAM in the Reauthorization of ESEA

John M. Eger | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

The Congressional Caucus on STEAM reflects what more and more teachers, parents, and policymakers are saying about merging the arts and sciences and creating more meaningful interdisciplinary experiences.

Investing in the Future is Investing in Our Youth

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

By Redeat Gebeyehu, WiSci STEAM Camp participant In August of 2015, I attended the WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Rwanda where I had the opportunity to mi...

Girls Who Code: Connecting GenDIY Women to STEM

GenDIY | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education

If you have any computer science classes offered at your school, I highly recommend taking them. The first class I took in school allowed me to understand how much I really enjoyed programming.

Student Solutions to Global Problems: STEM Education in South Carolina

Randal Mason | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

When students constantly check their phones in class, high school teachers may suspect the worst--cheating, gossip, cyber-bullying. But not Kirstin Bullington, a science, engineering, and computer science teacher at W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina; she genuinely gets excited when she sees phones out.

Preparing Students for College, Careers of Today

Matthew Randazzo | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Matthew Randazzo

Our communities depend on the quality of educational opportunities to thrive. Yet far too many students in our country never make it to college or arrive on college campuses ill-prepared for the academic rigors of post-secondary course work.

Empowering Tech-Loving Minority Teens to Be Next-Gen Tech Leaders

Monica Gray | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Monica Gray

Teens live and breathe technology. There has never been a truer adage. Whether they're jamming on MP3 players, typing Snapchats, or playing video ga...

Top 10 STEM Toys for 2015: So Much Fun, Kids Won't Know They're Learning!

Laurie Schacht | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts shape the world we live in. From the smartphones we can't put down, to the houses we live in, to the cars we drive every day, the building blocks of STEM fuel our modern lives.

We Need Welders. We Need Philosophers. But Most Importantly, We Need Graduates.

David Levin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
David Levin

In September, I wrote about how the word "education" came up only seven times during the second Republican debate. In this week's debate, education was mentioned only five times, but since the debate was only two hours versus three, I'm willing to call that progress.

This Is What Tech's Gender Gap Looks Like

Sarah M. Aoun | Posted 11.13.2015 | Technology
Sarah M. Aoun

There have been significant strides made lately to highlight and help close the gender gap in tech. Emphasis has been placed on creating women's spaces and mentorship for women, and there has been a growing movement to encourage young girls to pursue interests in the sciences.

We Need More Philosophers and Fewer Welders

David Rodin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
David Rodin

Of course the value of the humanities cannot be reduced to their instrumental or economic value. But neither should the likely trajectory of their economic value be ignored. The Osborne and Frey study puts the likelihood of higher education professors being replaced by machines at 3 percent.

The Paradoxes in Getting More Women and Minorities in STEM

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 11.12.2015 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

As a female math major, I am all for minorities and women in STEM, but I feel like voicing out about the complexities with this issue and why it's far from a straightforward fix. So, while mathematics strives for simplicity and directness, the problems with getting more women and minorities involved in this subject is far from simple or straightforward.

STEAM Is Here - To Get into Schools Will Take a Little Longer

John M. Eger | Posted 11.12.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

Last week, California Senator Ben Allen, Chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, convened a hearing to examine the state of arts education in California schools. For years, educators and art teachers have been arguing that the arts need to be added to STEM programs.

A Million Programmers? How About a Billion Problem Solvers!

Grant Hosford | Posted 11.11.2015 | Education
Grant Hosford

Thanks to initiatives like Hour of Code and major moves by some of the country's largest school districts, coding and computer science are finally starting to enter the mainstream of K-12 education.

Designing Prosthetics That Give Female Veterans Confidence

Shelley Zalis | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Shelley Zalis

Over the past decade, the aftermath of military combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has seen an increase in the number of veteran amputees. Female veterans face additional challenges as standard prosthetics tend to be ill suited for their bodies, which are naturally narrower at the shoulder and wider at the hips.

Future Tiger: Bangladesh and the Need for STEM Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

A teacher and a vocal advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, Siddiqa points to the successes of tiger economies like India, China, Malaysia, and Singapore as examples of how investment in STEM has led to overall economic improvements.

'The Martian' Has a Lot to Teach Earthlings

Dr. Robert T. Fraley | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science
Dr. Robert T. Fraley

At a time when science often seems to be on the defensive - from the safety of vaccines and genetically modified organisms to the very existence of evolution and climate change - I have found a hopeful sign. On Mars.

From First Gen Female to College to STEM Career Role Model: One Woman's Path

Carol J. Carter | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women
Carol J. Carter

Women account for only 32% of the degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Female, first-generation students are at an additional disadvantage, even though they are just as likely to be interested in STEM as their non-first-generation counterparts, but less likely to remain in the field or finish their degree.

The World's # 1 Investment: Women

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

The Dell Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard is essentially a guide that establishes benchmarks in 31 countries that make up 76 percent of the world's GDP.

Why Diversity Is Difficult

Leslie Miley | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Leslie Miley

During my time at Twitter, I experienced the pride and sense of purpose on seeing #Ferguson and #blacklivesmatter on the most prominent wall at Twitter HQ. This is something I will never forget. But for some at Twitter, diversity is an obstruction to avoid.

Missing: Talented and Underserved

Sandy Marshall | Posted 11.03.2015 | Education
Sandy Marshall

In the STEM space talented, capable students who don't look like we might expect; who may not live in the zip code with the awesome robotics club; whose parents may not be aware that a few bus stops away from their front door a world of opportunity awaits. This needs to change.

Tapping the Force: The Art of Making Star Wars Illuminates STEAM Careers

Paula Golden | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Paula Golden

As a former educator-turned-STEM philanthropist, I have long wished to join the conversation about supporting art alongside science, technology, engineering, and math education. In my mind, Star Wars Episode VII provides the perfect catalyst.

Lessons from a Sunrise

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

Our intrinsic worth is oftentimes forgotten, masked by a shroud of doubt. But the sun shines down with the light needed to see past the dark. This flickering gleam guided me inward, and I was able to peel back each layer and uncover my own self worth.

Where High School Girls Discover Engineering

Diane Propsner | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

Although the field of engineering offers women careers that are engaging and interesting, this career has not been a historically popular choice. Understanding why so few women consider a career in engineering is complex and hard to pin down.

Rwanda: A Leader in Innovation & Gender Equality

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

There are a few things America could learn from Rwanda, such as the government's impressive empowerment of their female citizens.

A Young Voice to Women

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

Don't you ever forget that you matter -- a confident woman is considered dangerous to some people. When the world tells you that you can't, that you are not good enough, that you won't, don't bother telling them you can, just do it.