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To those of us in the science education business, summer is an exciting season, but one that makes our youth's minds vulnerable. It's known as the "summer brain drain" -- and it's real.
The work involved in creating the largest telescope in human history, the Giant Magellan Telescope, must be matched by the energy invested in inspiring and preparing future astronomers to use it.
As a result, more and more students are declaring, "I want to be an engineer!" When I hear those words, I usually say something like, "That's great! Why do you think you want to do that?"
Putting aside the gender disparity in STEM fields at the beginning of the pipeline, we need to look at the rate that women persist through the pipeline.
Of course, our sexuality should have no bearing on the science at hand -- and we try to keep it that way -- but it is so important to have role models of all different backgrounds, sexualities, genders or races, as a conduit to diverse thinking.
"Learning both art and science - both coding and designing - is needed. You need to position yourself so that when the world changes, you're ready f...
Have you ever glanced at a photograph from years before and had a rush of emotion and memories come flooding into your remembrance? This happened to me when I saw my college graduation photos a few weeks ago.
By middle school, students should have had many more opportunities to make their own personal discoveries about the world, and armed with their new tools in language and math, to take the next steps towards mastery.
No matter how hard we try, we have yet to overcome the realities of what computer science, and STEM in general, means to the majority of young girls in their everyday lives: nothing.
Almost all objective analysts have been unable to find evidence of broad-based "shortages" in the science and engineering workforce.
It seems that the answer-driven culture in schools, which has been conditioned by endless test-prep, has rubbed off on science teachers where the content should be approached by inquiry.
Whether it's engineering, creativity or safety on your mind for your kids this summer, be sure to keep these great gadgets and apps in mind.
Men are from Mars, women are from Venus... or are they? Are the differences between boys and girls really that great? Or is our biological determinism more of a self-fulfilled prophecy?
Fewer than 60 percent of girls have met a woman in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) career. Maybe that is part of the reason why women represent only 14 percent of the engineering workforce. If there were more role models, how many more girls might be inspired to pursue a passion in engineering or start up a tech company?
The need to foster an open and diverse scientific community that draws from an array of unique experiences and viewpoints is vital in attracting and retaining the best talent.
In recent years there has been a loud and continuous outcry for institutions to lower costs associated with higher education -- a difficult thing to d...