February 7, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector


In 2/7’s STEMdaily, Mashable does an incredible overview of how San Francisco Unified School District’s many programs help girls of color excel in STEM and computer science, leaders from the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) discuss how ISS is an excellent learning tool for STEM students, DonorsChoose finds STEM projects are big on the teacher funding platform, Tthe Sherman Fairchild Foundation recently donated $10M and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust pledged a $5 million to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program, plus more on community colleges, a day in the life of a Google director, teachers, and training & credentialing.

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Diversity in STEM

Raising the next STEM generation: How one school district is closing the STEM gap (Mashable) 
It’s 12:09 p.m. at Buena Vista Horace Mann school in San Francisco’s Mission district. Laura Ramirez, a curriculum technology integration specialist, is waiting for 14 girls to stream into her classroom. She’s laid out old Dell CPUs alongside tool kits that contain screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, and pliers. The girls’ job today is to carefully open the computers, explore and label the components, and then put the hardware back together again. They’re here for Tech Chicxs, a club Ramirez founded to encourage girls at the K-8 school to explore STEM.

A day in the life of a Google director, who gets up at 5:30 a.m., attends up to 12 meetings a day, and has a ‘no screens’ rule with her family (Business Insider) 
Lilian Rincon, the director of product management for the Google Assistant, runs a team of 20 people at Google’s campus in Mountain View, California. Rincon said her team at Google, called the features team, is “at the heart of the Assistant.” Rincon, who recently spoke at a Latinas in Tech summit in San Francisco, said she tests features of the Assistant in her own life, from cooking along with her smart display to letting her kids request songs from “Coco” on the Assistant in the car. 

K-12 Education

One teacher shares her blueprint for a successful science and engineering fair (Society for Science) 
Students, project boards, judges, nerves and excitement— all the makings of a science fair, but how does it all come together? We recently talked to Jeanne Richardson, a science teacher from Graham Junior High School in Texas who recently launched a science fair at her school. Jeanne was named a Society Advocate in 2018. Through the program, Jeanne mentors a cohort of eight underserved students in an after-school club called the Science Research Team. She guides these students in their science research and helps them to apply to science competitions, giving them a chance to fulfill their potential.

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS): The International Space Station as a Teaching Tool (Scientific American) 
We live in a technology-driven world where accelerating innovation and change are dominant themes. The challenge to our educational systems is twofold. First, we must provide our nation’s youth a comprehensive education, including science, to prepare them for the world in which they will live and work in the coming decades. But there is also a second and equally important task: nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers whose new discoveries and inventions will improve the lives of American citizens and transform every sector of our nation’s economy. 

STEM Remains Strong Contender for DonorsChoose Dollars (T.H.E. Journal) 
STEM projects are continuing to make the top 10 as a category on teacher funding site DonorsChoose. According to the organization, over the past four years, computer science and coding projects grew two and a half times faster than other project types. DonorsChoose is a nonprofit that encourages teachers to post their classroom project funding needs on the site and solicit donations from the public. During the latest year, the site has raised $87 million for a total funding of 163,323 projects.

Announcing the 2019 Teacher Forum (100Kin10) 
We put out a call for amazing STEM teachers and were blown away by the responses we received from across the country. From this pool of outstanding leaders, 72 teachers have been selected for the 2019 Teacher Forum. These teachers stood out for their desire and capability to shape the conversation around STEM teaching locally, gather and raise up ideas and experiences from their peers, offer a unique perspective on the profession, and/or actively contribute to 100Kin10’s mission to overcome the STEM teacher shortage. 

Higher Education

Supporting STEM scholars at Carolina (UNC) 
Keshav Patel is finishing an honors thesis in mathematics. Lauren Gullet spends many afternoons collecting and analyzing data in Carolina’s Institute of Trauma Recovery. Daniela Alfaro plans to learn more about the factors, both biological and social, that caused her mother’s diabetes. Two generous contributions to the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will enable more students like these to pursue degrees in STEM. The Sherman Fairchild Foundation recently donated $10 million to the program, and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust pledged a $5 million grant, provided the University raises an additional $10 million in matching gifts by the end of 2023.

University of California finally allows computer science to count towards admissions science requirement (Code.org) 
The University of California has finally updated its admissions guidelines to allow high school computer science classes to count as a student’s recommended third year of science (UC category D) for admission to the University. The change, which has been over 5 years in the making, will have a seismic impact on computer science in the State of California and beyond.

MGCCC adds $17 million STEM building in Jackson County (WXXV 25) 
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County campus will soon feature a new $17 million facility. This afternoon, dozens gathered for the groundbreaking of the STEM building. The structure will be just under 100,000 square feet and will include over 20 classrooms and 30 offices. President Mary Graham tells News 25 with the new facility MGCCC will not only bring in more students, but will add new fields to study.

Educating Versus Training and Credentialing (Inside HigherEd) 
Lurking behind many current debates about higher education lies a divide between those who seek to credential a growing number of young people and those more concerned about maintaining the integrity, quality, and rigor of a college education. Criticisms of for-profit providers and their non-profit imitators, of certain brands of online education, and of alternate educational models, including competency-based education and stackable credentials, ultimately rests on a concern that these offer training and credentialing, but not a true higher education.

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