‘STEM University’ brings geology, archaeology to life for local scouts (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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On one side of the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, college students celebrated graduation. On another, a group of scouts occupied the opposite end of the spectrum in what, for many, was their first exposure to higher ed classrooms and laboratories. Organized by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts, “STEM University” for five years has invited hundreds …


War for Top Talent Drives Udacity Growth (Tech Crunch)

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Udacity is positioned perfectly to benefit from the rush on talent in a number of growing areas of interest among tech companies and startups. The online education platform has added 14 new hiring partners across its Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Self-Driving Car Engineer and Virtual Reality Developer Nanodegree programs, as well as in its Predictive Analytics Nanodegree, including standouts like Bosch, …


Clare Boothe Luce Scholarships Provide Funding, Inspiration for Stonehill Women in STEM Disciplines (Stonehill College)

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A $300,000 grant from the single most significant provider of private scholarship support for women in science, mathematics and engineering – the Henry Luce Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Program – serves two important roles. It is not only a key source of scholarship funding for women at Stonehill College who are studying in those fields, but also it serves as a …


All-Female Antarctic Expedition Aims to Combat Sexism (Quartz)

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While educators continue to look for ways to get more young girls interested in science, the issue of gender equality in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) persists at later stages as well. There are high rates of attrition: according to a recent paper by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) women account for 53% of the world’s …


‘Star Wars’ meets STEM (The Daily Reporter)

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As the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” rapidly approaches, the Spencer Public Library has taken advantage of the opportunity to offer “Star Wars”-themed STEM projects from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in collaboration with the monthly Maker Day. “We are going to do some simple STEM learning about electricity with the light saber greeting cards. We will …


International Students Studying STEM in U.S. Jumps 10 Percent

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The number of international students studying STEM subjects in the United States grew 10.1 percent from November 2015 to November 2016, according to a recent study published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency. There are 1.23 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status studying at 8,697 schools in the United States, …


NSF grant funds Purdue research into STEM student success (Purdue)

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A team of researchers based at Purdue University has received a $973,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study aimed at helping students of low socioeconomic status succeed in scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields. The Rising Scholars program would augment Purdue’s existing mentoring and counseling programs with additional support services throughout the …


Cobb rep. dismisses concerns over dearth of women in STEM at KSU (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens and State Rep. Sharon Cooper sparred Monday over whether the school needs to do more to attract women students and faculty to its math and science departments. The exchange took place during a meeting of the Cobb legislative delegation and local business and elected leaders to discuss the upcoming legislative session. Cooper dismissed concerns …


New science standards coming to New York classrooms next fall (Albany Times-Union)

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Starting next fall, new science learning standards will roll out in New York classrooms that are focused on better preparing students for higher education and careers in fast-growing science, technology, engineering and math fields. The learning standards, which set out what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade, include much more focus on …


STEM Institute receives Georgia state certification (The Covington News)

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On Wednesday, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute at Newton County College and Career Academy (NCCA) became the first college and career academy in Georgia to be awarded “STEM Certification” by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE). It is the 41st school and the 10th high school to receive this distinction. According to Tim Schmitt, director of career …


Students Band Together to Compete in NASA Contest (AP)

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Students Band Together to Compete in NASA Contest (AP) Students at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology want to send The ‘Moonrockers’ rover to Mars. With their imaginations fixed on the stars, students at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are building a robot that may someday rove across the sands of Mars for NASA. The “Moonrockers” rover …


Top firms back campaign to have 35% of top roles filled by women by 2020 (Belfast Telegraph)

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Top firms back campaign to have 35% of top roles filled by women by 2020 (Belfast Telegraph) Firms signed up to the Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter want to hike the average number of women in senior management positions to 35% by 2020, up from the status quo of 27%. Barclays, HSBC, Aviva, BlackRock and London Stock Exchange Group are …


How Finland is solving the gender gap in science education – and what we can all learn from it (Geektime)

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How Finland is solving the gender gap in science education – and what we can all learn from it (Geektime) The PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) test, which the OECD administers to 15-year-olds globally every three years, shows that Finland is the only country in the world where girls not only score higher in science than boys, but also …


Girls Are Put Off Science Because STEM Toys Are Branded As Boy’s Toys, Research Says (IFLScience)

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Girls Are Put Off Science Because STEM Toys Are Branded As Boy’s Toys, Research Says (IFLScience) As a parent, grandparent, or family friend, could your choice of presents underneath the Christmas tree kill off girls’ interest in science, tech, and all things nerdy? With science toys being far more likely to be marketed towards boys, new research suggests it could, to …


What happened to Obama’s $4 billion in computer science funding? (The Verge)

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Most progress is happening at the state and local levels Back in January, President Obama asked Congress to set aside $4 billion for computer science education, in what would have been the federal government’s largest targeted funding for promoting the subject in schools. The proposal seemed designed to generate more headlines than actual funding — and now, nearly a year …


Richmond middle school to unveil STEM lab today (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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Richmond middle school to unveil STEM lab today (Richmond Times-Dispatch) Lucille M. Brown Middle School will publicly unveil its $100,000 STEM lab at a ribbon-cutting this morning. The lab includes a laser engraver, a new wood shop, an acrylic fabrication lab, a forensic science lab and Raspberry Pi robotics. The lab is the end result of the school winning the …


Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town (New York Times)

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Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town (New York Times) Students at Pryor High School study robotics. Elementary schools have basic computer programming classes using free laptops, online collaboration software and Wi-Fi spread across this small town in Oklahoma’s Green Country. “We have to prepare them for their future, not our past,” said Don Raleigh, superintendent …


Cerner teams up with KC STEM Alliance to build future workforce (Kansas City Business Journal)

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Cerner teams up with KC STEM Alliance to build future workforce (Kansas City Business Journal) Dozens of elementary and middle students gathered at Cerner Corp.’s world headquarters in North Kansas City for an hour of code. The Friday event was one of several Cerner hosted throughout the week to develop Kansas City’s future workforce. “We’re playing the long game here,” …


CEOs Adopt Five-Step Plan To Advance More Women To Corporate Leadership, But Will It Work? (Forbes)

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CEOs Adopt Five-Step Plan To Advance More Women To Corporate Leadership, But Will It Work? (Forbes) CEOs of 27 companies, including Coca-Cola and Bank of America, have pledged to accelerate women’s progress to the top management levels. Their ambitious goal is to have gender parity in their corporate leadership by the year 2030. These CEO’s have joined a coalition organized by …


Can A STEM Program Help Make Boy Scouts Relevant Again? (Fast Company)

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Can A STEM Program Help Make Boy Scouts Relevant Again? (Fast Company) The Boy Scouts have been piloting a co-ed program to teach kids STEM skills. But is that enough to bring the aging organization forward?  Michael Jurkowitz is a fifth grader in Tucson, Arizona. He—like most other kids his age—enjoys hands-on projects well enough, but probably isn’t the geekiest …