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Solving the "STEM Paradox" With the Global STEM Alliance

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report released its STEM Index of the United States. It revealed that student aptitude for and interest in science, technology, engineering and math has been essentially flat for more than a decade, at the same time that the need for STEM skills continues to grow.

Crisis and Opportunity

George Sanchez | Posted 01.18.2015 | Latino Voices
George Sanchez

Google and other tech giants know that to increase the diversity of their workforces, they will have to root out and eliminate the hidden biases and prejudices that shape their hiring practices and work environments. But they cannot graduate more minority engineers to enlarge the pool of talent.

The New Classroom Is the PlayRoom

Laurie Schacht | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Earlier this year, I wrote that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) toys would be taking over the aisles this holiday season. As we head into the prime holiday buying time, we see toys that teach these core curriculum topics arriving in a big way.

Give the Gift of STEM Skills for the Holidays

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

The possibilities for gifts for little ones this holiday season are endless. While some gifts will undoubtedly be long sought-after and pure fun, the holiday season is great time to get your children interested in activities that promote learning, particularly in the ever-growing fields of STEM.

Women in STEM: Progress, Asymptote, and Equality

Marvi Matos | Posted 01.13.2015 | Science
Marvi Matos

Today, in United States we face very limited progress towards the inclusion of women in fields such as Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering.

The Day the Music Died

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Even as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes its home in the city of Cleveland, the measure before the board may literally cut the musical heart out of Ohio's public schools.

The 4-Year Versus 2-Year Degree Debate: Myths, Stereotypes and Realities of Today's Higher Education Landscape

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 01.05.2015 | College
Felix W. Ortiz III

From the perspective of our global leaders, job seekers must be supplied with the most direct, straightforward career pathways coupled with the rudimentary resources and tools needed at all junctures of education, degree and certification, employment, and onward.

Bridging the Science Gap

Maureen Seaberg | Posted 01.05.2015 | Education
Maureen Seaberg

'The United States is lagging behind the rest of the world in science and mathematics. It is not because of a lack of raw talent. The U.S. educational system has become so focused on assessment that it has lost the trees in the forest.'

Invest in New York's Children

Anthony Figliola | Posted 01.04.2015 | New York
Anthony Figliola

It's vital that New Yorker's not let the chance to expand our children's horizons and secure our country's future slip by. The New York Bonds for School Technology Act is a creative first step and deserves the voter's attention.

Building A Foundation For Success For Black Boys And Men: Start Early, Start Strong

Ingrid Ellerbe | Posted 11.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ingrid Ellerbe

There is a silent but growing rate of scholastic genocide among young men of color. And while there are positive trends in funding programs that can positively impact the lives of these kids, the majority of them don't address real solid education -- and they don't address them early enough.

Defining 21st Century Success: Are You Expert 2.0 or Hero 2.0?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Dr Layla McCay

I want to be clear: I'm not 100 years old. But when the twelve year old girl sitting next to me at the Broadcom Masters awards started talking about what to do with Raspberry Pi, the first answer that came to my mind was: "eat it?" No.

Texas Hackers to Fight Ebola, Fire and Water Contamination With African SMS

Maya Horgan | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Maya Horgan

Your mobile phone can save a thousand lives. And now, through Developers Doing Development, Michael Henderson and Scott Akers are using SMS automation to combat issues of infrastructure and disease.

Higher Ed Is Getting STEAM-y

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

I love the arts. Sure, they've never cured cancer or delivered my groceries. But they have never wreaked havoc with the climate or threatened to vaporize a city either. I'm glad that the nation's arbiters of education have finally discovered. But I also love every other discipline.

Encourage –- Don't Discourage –- STEM Dreams

Alexandria McCuien | Posted 12.27.2014 | Technology
Alexandria McCuien

I'm where I am today because my family, friends and teachers nurtured my interests. I was never discouraged. I was encouraged every step of the way.

My STEM Story: Lessons in Denial

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Deborah J. Levine

It's not surprising that many women steer away from STEM degrees or STEM careers. Or that many women who start STEM degrees drop out. Or that numbers for career women in technology industry are dismal. A good start in addressing the invisible STEM women might be to reject the explanation of lacking confidence.

Teaching Our Girls

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum

"Bothering" is how we change the world. "Bothering" is how we make it okay for a cheerleader to be great at science and math, for a woman doctor or scientist or engineer to be paid the same as her male colleagues.

Middle Schoolers: Victory On and Off the Field

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

There are many ways for our children to experience teamwork and success on and off the field and the wonderful part is that these experiences can be complimentary.

Why I Started a Wearable Device Company

Will.i.am | Posted 12.15.2014 | Technology
Will.i.am

My new venture in consumer tech and wearables gives me a way to demonstrate and justify why kids should take an interest in STEM education, to walk the walk vs. just talk.

We Need the Humanities As Much As Science to Solve the World's Problems

Paul_Smith | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Paul_Smith

Scientists and artists -- there are no two cultures. There's one human culture with myriad manifestations. Let's get it together, approach the world as one and see that world in a grain of sand once more.

Where's the Science in Science Education?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

STEM is indeed critical for American economic competitiveness and progress. So naturally you'd expect that STEM subjects would be among the best researched of all, right?

Why Is the Computer Science Education Act Now the Most Broadly Co-Sponsored Education Bill in the House?

Daniel Kent | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Daniel Kent

Underpinning what is now known as the Third Industrial Revolution, computers and information technology have influenced the the direction of our nation and redefined social norms and youths' aspirations.

A Global Model for STEM Education

Vince Bertram | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Scie...

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

Alicia Chang | Posted 12.07.2014 | Education
Alicia Chang

Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technolo...

Thinking Outside the Lucite Box: A Case for Experiential Education

Ben Klasky | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Ben Klasky

By breaking outside of the traditional classroom environment, teachers can help new lessons and new leaders emerge.

Fostering An Early Love Of STEM Through The Power Of Storytelling

Jeremy Scheinberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Jeremy Scheinberg

If we said the names Elsa and Anna or Lightning and Mater, most parents would immediately recognize the power that stories have to capture the hearts and minds of kids. So why aren't we using those amazing stories to answer kids' questions about the science and engineering they encounter everyday?