There Are Many More Female STEM Teachers Now Than 20 Years Ago (Education Week)

by STEMconnector


Over the last two decades, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching field has become much more female, slightly more diverse, and more qualified, a new analysis shows. And these STEM teachers not more likely to leave their jobs than other teachers, according to the data—except when they teach in high-poverty schools. In a new study published by the American Educational …


17,000 students getting ‘passports’ for STEM learning outside school (MLive)

by STEMconnector


Students of eight counties in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region now have an educational coupon book of sorts they can use to experience places of learning that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. On Monday, Oct. 1, The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance STEM Initiative introduced the STEM passport, which is filled with discounts to …



Portrayals of Female STEM Characters in TV and Film Haven’t Improved in 10 Years (Lyda Hill Foundation)

by STEMconnector


The Lyda Hill Foundation, in partnership with Geena Davis’s Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University, released an extensive research report on the portrayals of female characters in science, technology, engineering and math in television and film. “Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media” shows that entertainment media has a long way to go to improve stereotypes about …


Tifft helps kick off Charlotte race week with STEM-based visit (NASCAR)

by STEMconnector


Seventh-grade students at Charlotte’s Piedmont Middle School enjoyed a break from regular classes Monday thanks to a visit from NASCAR and Xfinity Series driver Matt Tifft, part of a special event to kick off Charlotte race week. More than 350 students participated in a series of educational activities designed to highlight the intersection of NASCAR and STEM – Science, Technology, …


The SN 10: These scientists defy limits to tackle big problems (Science News)

by STEMconnector


Scientific disciplines, as we know them, are a fairly recent invention. As late as the 18th century, both amateur and professional scientists let their intellect range unfettered. The great Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci explored architecture, engineering, geology, botany and more. He is credited with inventing the helicopter, a diving suit and painting the Mona Lisa. Only later did scientific disciplines …


GM Engineer Starts Robotics Team to Stoke Girls’ Passion for STEM (The Newswheel)

by STEMconnector


The dedicated mentorship of a young General Motors engineer is inspiring high school girls in Detroit to learn robotics and love science. Thanks to GM’s Keysha Camps, Detroit now has its first all-girls FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team. These teams learn the principles of robotics, then build their own robots and enter them in competitions where they …


Corporations of the World! Young Scientists Need You (Bloomberg)

by STEMconnector


When you were in in high school, were you hanging out at the mall or developing new medical diagnostics? Some students are doing the latter, and thanks to a pair of new documentaries out this year, we can travel with them to what’s widely seen as the Olympics of research competitions, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The fair gives these students opportunities to …


2K to Support Underserved Communities by Refurbishing Basketball Courts & Enabling STEM Education Programming (Operation Sports)

by STEMconnector


Getting away from video games for a moment, 2K has announced the launch of 2K Foundations. The new program was created to support underserved communities across the nation by refurbishing basketball courts in neighborhoods that need them the most. The court refurbishments will feature environmentally-safe upgrades and offer resources to create local basketball tournaments and other positive endeavors that promote diversity, …


Pa. first lady Frances Wolf highlights STEM education for young girls (KYW)

by STEMconnector


Pennsylvania is taking aggressive action to get young women more involved in the tech industry. The governor’s PAsmart initiative is investing $30 million toward STEM and computer science education for K-12 students. First Lady Frances Wolf joined Girls Who Code CEO and founder Reshma Saujani to emphasize the importance of tech education for young girls. The nonprofit Girls Who Code …


Between Worlds: Searching for a way to reconcile childhood on the reservation with her adolescence in Houston, Robin Máxkii discovered a life of activism, technology, and science. (Google)

by STEMconnector


The central branch of the Houston Public Library was a treasure, because through the hall that connected the old castle-like building to the children’s center, there was a bank of computers. Robin Máxkii had moved full-time to Houston at age 11 after living on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation in central Wisconsin, and she was thrilled that the city library could help …


University of Memphis lands $1M STEM scholarship grant (Memphis Business Journal)

by STEMconnector


The University of Memphis’ STEM efforts received a boost from a portion of $5 million in National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for the school. And, the NSF grant funds include $1 million going toward scholarships at the U of M. The University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Communication and Fine Arts …


Navy Scientists and Engineers Inspire Fifth Graders at 2018 NAS Oceana Air Show (Naval Air Systems Command)

by STEMconnector


Hundreds of fifth-grade Virginia Beach elementary school students learned more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through fun hands-on displays at the annual Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Air Show, Sept. 21. Navy civilian scientists and engineers from Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), NSWCDD Dam Neck Activity, and Dahlgren’s Sly Fox program engaged the students with robots, …


White House issues quantum computing strategy and hosts public-private summit (GeekWire)

by STEMconnector


Federal officials and industry leaders — including representatives from Microsoft and Google — met today at a White House summit to spark new initiatives in quantum information science. Among the recommendations contained in a newly released strategic overview: setting up a U.S. Quantum Consortium, modeled after past efforts such as the non-profit, industry-led Semiconductor Research Corp.; and establishing a set of Grand Challenges …


Energy Day Encourages Students To Study STEM: ‘Just Try It Out’ (CBS Denver)

by STEMconnector


The Consumer Energy Alliance along with the Consumer Energy Education Foundation hosted Energy Day Saturday morning at East High School. Energy Day features dozens of exhibits and activities which highlight all the different ways STEM is expanding the energy industry. One way was the robotics competition on the front steps of East High School. “A competition like this really just goes to …


Amazon Hosts STEM ‘Camp’ For Children With Cancer (CBS Sacramento)

by STEMconnector


Local children with cancer and their families got a unique experience this past week, a rare behind-the-scenes look at Amazon. The visit was both educational and fun, giving the kids a break from treatment to learn and play. “They are at is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. so to have one special day to break away from …



UMass Amherst awarded $3m to support faculty of color in STEM (Boston Globe)

by STEMconnector


The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Massachusetts Amherst a five-year, $3 million grant to develop resources and relationships to foster equity for women and men faculty of color in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant is believed to be the largest social science-led interdisciplinary grant ever awarded to UMass Amherst, according …


Clemson partners with SCSU on STEM education for at-risk youth (T&D)

by STEMconnector


Clemson University, in partnership with South Carolina State University, has received a five-year, $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to at-risk youth in South Carolina. Faculty from both institutions worked together to recruit community partners in Allendale, Anderson and Jasper counties to implement the after-school STEM curriculum. Youth …


Embry-Riddle Expands High School STEM Program (AVweb)

by STEMconnector


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute will be expanding its concurrent enrollment program offering accelerated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for high school students to schools in Ohio and Louisiana this year. The program allows students to get both high school and college credit for successfully completed classes. Available courses include aeronautical science, unmanned aircraft systems, meteorology and …