Tuesday — July 2, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, Boston University provost Jean Morrison testified to the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about combating sexual harassment in higher education by federally funded researchers in STEM, how a California school district has approached redesigning their STEM education offerings, 1and 00Kin10 goes on a STEM Summer Roadtrip profiling cool science centers across the U.S. in a blog series on Forbes.

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Diversity in STEM

BU Provost Speaks on Capitol Hill about Sexual Harassment in STEM (Boston University) 
As Boston University provost, a renowned geologist and professor, and the mother of a daughter pursuing a PhD, Jean Morrison has a unique perspective on the subject of sexual harassment in the world of scientific research. Morrison’s background was why the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology invited her to testify on Wednesday, June 12. The committee asked a small group of higher education leaders to speak about their institutions’ efforts to combat sexual harassment, mainly against women, committed by federally funded researchers in STEM.


TE Connectivity Foundation continues global effort to increase access to STEM education (TE Connectivity) 
The TE Connectivity Foundation today announced it will continue its support of three nonprofit organizations that advance its mission of connecting and strengthening global communities through access to technology and engineering for all, with a focus on women and underserved populations, by providing $1.3 million in grants. Girl Up, a global leadership development initiative started by the United Nations Foundation, now seeks to incorporate STEM into its overall leadership development programming.

Tulsa Public Schools partners with AAON Manufacturing to introduce students to STEM (KJRH) 
Four Webster High School students are at AAON Heating and Cooling this summer, learning everything from engineering and shipping to sales and HVAC skills. “There is a skills gap. So this is a pro-active opportunity for us to be able to host students to get more youth into STEM fields and more trades and especially bridge the gender gap as well,” community relations administrator Stephanie Cameron said. Right now only 24 percent of manufacturing employees are women. AAON is looking to change that.

Why we need to enhance STEM education for rural girls in Bangladesh (Brookings Institute) 
The garment industry transformed the Bangladesh economy and women’s lives – it increased their economic empowerment. But women are not leading the industry despite making up more than 90 percent of the workforce. One explanation is that women lack the technical and digital skills to lead innovation in the sector, as well as the capacity to overcome structural barriers like violence, discrimination, exploitation, and physical and mental harassment. Automation further compounds the challenges women face in the garment industry. 



K-12 Education

Vistabeam awarded $103,000 grant broaden STEM offerings at Gering Junior High (Scottsbluff Star Herald) 
Vistabeam Inventive Wireless in Gering in partnership with Gering Junior High accepted a $103,000 Developing Youth Talent Initiative grant Monday to upgrade the junior high’s information technology lab and STEM program. As part of the grant, Vistabeam will offer a week-long summer externship for a school teacher, offering hands-on experiences that will translate to new ideas and inspiration in the classroom as well as guest speakers and field trips.

Disrupting the SySTEM: East Tennessee races to build future STEM workforce (Knoxville Sentinel) 
It’s critical to plan 20-25 years in advance for the jobs of tomorrow, according to Craig Layman, associate director for workforce development for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.But how can you start to develop a roadmap for that far into the future when it’s a struggle to fill some of the jobs of today? In East Tennessee – and across the country – finding the right candidates and enough candidates to take over advanced positions in STEM has become a constant battle.


Where to start? Inside one California district’s approach to redesign STEM education (EdSource) 
School is out for summer. But in Tracy, Calif., teachers have been hard at work. Inside the staff development training room at the Tracy Unified School District, a group of about 25 teachers and curriculum specialists gathered this summer to overhaul the district’s approach to teaching STEM. The plan is to go from an approach in which most subjects are taught separately to one in which lessons integrate state standards in math, science, computer science and English language arts. 

Summer of STEM

Spots Still Available in Innovative STEM Program, Students to Learn from Engineers Working on LaGuardia Airport Project (Jackson Heights Post) 
Spots are still available for middle schoolers to take part in a six-week STEM program at the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona. The program will provide 50 middle school students with the opportunity to work with Delta Airlines and Skanska engineers in a program developed to encourage careers in science and engineering. The STEM program will run between July 8 and August 15. The course was developed by the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Public Library and the Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst.

100Kin10: The Great American STEM Roadtrip, Part 1 (Forbes) 
It’s summer. It’s hot. And you’re tired of getting sand stuck between your toes. What to do? Grab your aviators, turn up the music, and hit the road to visit the country’s best science and tech museums, where STEM learning leaps off the page and into vivid, 3-D life. My organization, 100Kin10, is made up hundreds of best-in-class STEM organizations, including about a dozen of these science-rich spots, which we think are the best of the best. I interviewed each of them, and what follows is a hand-picked selection of the most fun (and sometimes free!) activities at each of these gems.


100Kin10: The Great American STEM Road Trip Heads South (Forbes) 
Our trip begins in Stuart, Florida at the Elliott Museum. Over the summer, they will host a collection from the Charles M. Schultz Museum (of Peanuts fame) looking at how Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang “soared through space with NASA’s Apollo 10 mission in May 1969,” just before the first moon landing. The exhibit will be at the Elliott Museum from July 4 through September 6.

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