Tuesday — May 21, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, T.H.E. Journal covers STEMconnector’s Input to Impact report, Morehouse alum Robert F. Smith pays off graduates’ student debt during commencement speech, Michigan adopts K-12 Computer Science standards, and The Toy Association releases study on what makes a good STEM/STEAM toy.

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STEM Reports
Report: 5 Ways Companies Can Invest in STEM Education (T.H.E. Journal) 
A company that runs a STEM network has encouraged its corporate and philanthropic clients to invest in high school and college programs to ensure a steady pipeline of STEM-ready workers. In a recent report, STEMconnector outlined various ways to invest in STEM education, and also proposed a framework to help define and measure such programs’ impact. In particular, if companies are seeking “short-term talent acquisition and development success,” wrote report author Erin White, head of product development and research for the organization, “they need to invest in postsecondary areas.” If it’s long-term results they’re seeking, then K-12 should be their focus, she noted.

What Makes a Good STEM/STEAM Toy? (The Toy Association) 
How can toy companies create products that truly prepare kids for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? According to a new study, “STEM/STEAM Formula for Success,” released today by The Toy Association, great STEM/STEAM (with the “A” representing arts) toys encourage open-ended play and trial-and-error exploration, teach problem-solving, and allow children to lead the play experience, among other attributes. 

K-12 Education

Hyundai to Donate $250,000 for STEM Education in Montgomery Public Schools (Alabama News) 
Hyundai Motor America has announced that it will donate $250,000 for STEM education in Montgomery Public Schools. This comes through the company’s Hyundai ST Math Initiative with the MIND Research Institute. Hyundai says this will benefit more than 3,000 students at five elementary schools including Catoma, T.S. Morris, Morningview, Seth Johnson and Brewbaker. Since 2011, Hyundai Motor America says it has committed nearly $2 million to the nationwide ST Math program.

ACT asks students to solve ‘crisis in space’ video game, as part of collaboration study (KCRG) 
Schools in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are looking to solve a “crisis in space,” and organizers hope it could lead to better learning. The “crisis” is far from a worldwide concern- it’s a computer game. ACT is hoping kids’ love of video games could help them figure out how to help students learn. Some may think these students are coming out victorious most of the time, considering there is a crisis that needs solving. However, staff with the ACT says even with all of the answers, it still took staff members seven tries to do it perfectly.


Gardening, Aviation and More Funded by Latest Battelle STEM Grant (Batelle) 
Battelle has funded a new portfolio of 19 different out-of-classroom education programs that build skill in Central Ohio students. Battelle has awarded $753,000 to fund 19 new or expanded learning programs in Central Ohio. It’s the largest-ever total funding in a single year as the Battelle STEM Grant Program completes its seventh annual round of awards. Providing new opportunities for students to experience quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is Battelle’s top philanthropic priority. To date, the program has awarded more than $3.85 million. 

Diversity in STEM

Morehouse College Graduates’ Student Loans to Be Paid Off by Billionaire (New York Times) 
The 396 young men began the day as students in caps and gowns, ready to graduate from Morehouse College — full of hope, but burdened in most cases with the debts that financed their education. Then their commencement speaker went off-script with an extraordinary pledge: the newly minted alumni of the historically black college in Atlanta would go forth into the world student debt-free. Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor who founded Vista Equity Partners and became the richest black man in America, told the crowd that he and his family would pay off the entire graduating class’s student debt…


University Program Is ‘Fostering Success’ For Students (KUNC) 
Colorado does not keep data on this but nationally, depending on the state, between three and 10 percent of students from foster care backgrounds will receive a bachelor’s degree… but the Fostering Success Program supports independent students from different backgrounds including foster care, emancipation, kinship care, ward of court, orphan and unaccompanied minor or homeless youth. Fostering Success fills in the gaps for students who can’t ask parents or other family for support.

UAH: Military women are untapped resource for STEM jobs (WAFF) 
The Tennessee Valley’s need for experts in the fields of science and engineering is great, but the answer for tech companies is simple. Hire a veteran! Reseachers at UAH and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln believe our nation’s heroes can help boost to the STEM workforce. Military service is a path to a later career in STEM and especially for women, according to research done by Dr. Christina Steidl, associate professor of sociology at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and Dr. Regina Werum, professor of sociology at UNL. 


Congress considers bills on student privacy, workforce, school security and STEM diversity research (edscoop) 
Lawmakers moved on a host of bills this week centered around educational technology, including legislation aimed at restoring student privacy, bolstering the nation’s cybersecurity workforce, funding school security and better understanding participation in science and technology-related subjects among underrepresented groups. The Building Blocks of STEM Act, introduced in March by Sen. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada, passed a voice vote Wednesday by the Senate’s Science, Commerce and Transportation committee. 


MI Set To Adopt First-Ever K-12 Computer Science Standards (WKAR) 
Computer science is one of the nation’s fastest growing industries. Technology evolves quickly, and students must have the skills to navigate an increasingly digital workforce. With that in mind, the Michigan State Board of Education is expected to approve the state’s first set of K-12 computer science standards on Tuesday. Until now, school districts in Michigan determined what they felt each computer science student should know. They’ll still have the freedom to build their own curriculum, but now with a statewide baseline.

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