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The Risk Is Worth the Reward

Vince Bertram | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Vince Bertram

Parents, teachers and educators have the opportunity to nurture the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs by reinforcing creative thinking and problem solving and creating safe environments where students feel comfortable taking risks.

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

Teenage Girl Creates Engineering Curriculum Now Being Used In Her High School

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.25.2014 | Teen

A Utah teen created an engineering curriculum that is now being used in her high school and is being distributed to schools throughout the country. ...

Tampons for Innovation and STEM Underwater Dreams

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.25.2014 | Education
Julie Kantor

Last night, we sat at the Smithsonian Institute for the kick-off dinner of The STEM Innovation gathering. Our table had a vibrant and humorous conversation over wine and lavender infused lemonade about OB Tampons as a proven engineering solution.

STEM Alone Is Not Enough

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

If one does a general Google search for STEM, there will be more than 60 million results. If you narrow the search to STEM education news, more than 70,000 articles will appear for the past year alone.

Now Is the Time to Equip the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Innovators

Vivian R. Pickard | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Vivian R. Pickard

Not only are they embarking on careers that will lead to innovative developments in American industries, but this new class of scholarship recipients is evolving the face of STEM. Half are the first in their family to attend college. More than half are female. And minorities make up the majority.

What These STEM College Women Are Doing This Summer

Diane Propsner | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Having graduated from a women's college with a degree in biology, I thought it would be fun to see what my fellow STEM sisters are doing this summer.

Don't Fight Summer Fun -- Make It Educational

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Some youth will go off to summer camps, or spend their free time exploring museums and nature; however, others will find themselves without important learning opportunities. Inevitably, a lack of exposure to learning opportunities from one school year to the next leads to summer learning loss.

Diversity Data Shows Need to Focus on Women of Color

Allison Scott | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Allison Scott

The nation is recognizing the benefits of engaging and preparing diverse groups in the rapidly-growing tech industry in order to keep pace with economic demands. Yet in these data releases and subsequent conversations, one critical demographic group has been consistently overlooked: women of color.

Robots Are Everywhere! Learning About Technology From Robotics

Julie Dobrow | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Julie Dobrow

If it seems like robots are everywhere today, that's because they are. Less well-known but well-worth knowing is some of the fascinating new research that uses robots and robotics to teach children about technology and a variety of educational concepts.

The Critical Importance of Civil Rights Activism and Educational Collaboration

Marcus Bright | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Marcus Bright

The month of May marked the 51st consecutive month of private sector job growth in the United States. Despite this fact, Black Americans are still twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to their White counterparts and Hispanic Americans lag behind as well.

The American Way: STEM Education

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

Americans love a challenge of any kind, and we believe we have a puncher's chance at winning. That's the American way. That was the mindset of a group of undocumented Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Doing vs. Thinking: Valuable PhD Transferable Skills

Sabine Kobayter | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Sabine Kobayter

PhD graduates come in different shapes and sizes; those passionate about an academic career, and those that are not. As it becomes clear that an academic career is not the ultimate goal - panic, dread and feelings of lack of accomplishment may start to reign.

Stemming the Leaks and Backflow in the STEM Diversity Pipeline

Andrew G. Campbell | Posted 06.27.2014 | Science
Andrew G. Campbell

Built into this pipeline metaphor is the assumption that the pipeline lays flat and that the momentum of every individual going through is unchanged. The data tell a different story.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Good for Business, Good for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

America has always been made stronger -- economically, democratically, and as a world leader -- by welcoming new citizens and allowing them to lend us their talents, their energy, and their new ideas. That's how we succeeded in the 20th century -- and it is the recipe for success in the 21st century as well.

Inspiring a New Generation of Astronomers

Dr. Patrick McCarthy | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
Dr. Patrick McCarthy

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.

Programming: A Mark of Inequality?

Thai-Huy Nguyen | Posted 06.27.2014 | Education
Thai-Huy Nguyen

For less advantageous students, exposure to basic programming early on in their education can matter a great deal more for them and their families' future.

Are Women Too Empathetic to Be Engineers?

Vicki May | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Vicki May

Engineers need to solve complicated technical problems and develop complex systems. Systemizing and logic seem like the main qualities we need in engineers. Won't empathy just get in the way of objectivity?

Girls Who Code

Lauren Galley | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Lauren Galley

The lack of exposure in high school and the trending styles direct girls to the popular careers leaving the thought of a "geeky" STEM career as a choice only for boys.

WATCH: Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear

Olympia LePoint | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Olympia LePoint

How would you face the world if your face was disfigured? I had to answer this question while looking into the mirror at my own face cut open.

How to Prepare a College Campus for A New Era of Innovation

Terry Vahey | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Terry Vahey

Imagine what a university could and should look like in several years. What will our students be learning? How will they be learning? What tools will they need in this future education?

Introducing CERN's Evangelia Gousiou

Alison Dorantes-Garcia | Posted 06.16.2014 | Home
Alison Dorantes-Garcia

Evangelia Gousiou is an amazing electronics engineer who keeps a low profile in spite of her amazing work at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

A Message to Girls and Graduates Interested in STEM: Don't Give Up!

Kimberly Kiel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Kimberly Kiel

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.

The No. 1 Fear and 3 Mistakes Every Educator Must Avoid

Olympia LePoint | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Olympia LePoint

"You are messy." "You are wrong." "You are bad." These are common statements made by teachers and parents. What is wrong with these words? The answer may shock you.

Why It's Never Too Early To Teach Kids The Skills They Need For Tomorrow

Eric Schwarz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

Some might think that middle school is too early to talk about preparing for the skills needed for tomorrow's technology, but at Citizen Schools we think that the middle years are the best time.