Tuesday — July 23, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

In today’s STEMdaily, Dow hosts the STEM in Sports Center at an LPGA event in Michigan, IBM is helping women re-enter the STEM workforce through SWE’s Re-Entry Taskforce program, CBS covers Delaware’s “STEM Queen”, Campus Technology reviews the STEMconnector/McGraw-Hill adaptive tech white paper, Johns Hopkins starts coding training program for adults, and Udacity and Amazon Web Services launches the DeepRacer Scholarship Challenge.

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Diversity in STEM

Dow uses LPGA event to plant STEM interest in students (MLive.com) 
While the top female golfers in the world were analyzing wind, lies and doglegs on the Midland Country Club course, future scientists were finding their own answers in the STEM in Sports Center. Event sponsor Dow took advantage of the LPGA opportunity to plant a STEM seed in the hearts and minds of area students. “With the LPGA event here, we thought this was a great opportunity for us to use sports to introduce younger students into STEM. We can show them how sports use STEM to improve performance.”


’40-Year-Old Interns’ Are Helping STEM Companies Achieve Gender Parity (Forbes) 
IBM is one of 19 companies in the STEM industry as part of the STEM Reentry Task Force that have now launched re-entry programs designed to reintegrate candidates into the workforce, catch them up to speed and ideally get them into long-term positions. Thus far, 400 “relaunchers,” as they are called, have gone through these programs and 85% have been hired—Shah included, who’s now worked as a software engineer in quantum computing for IBM for two and a half years.

Teen ‘STEM Queen’ On Mission To Make Sure Underserved Kids Get Exposure To Science (CBS Philly) 
A teenager who calls herself the “STEM Queen” is on a mission to make sure underserved kids in her community get exposure to the possibilities of science. Jacqueline Means is not only working to get grade school children to pay attention to her science experiments, she wants to inspire them as well. “Too often, girls think that science or tech or engineering is really hard or boring, but I think it can be exciting, and I think that you just have to be shown that it can be fun,” said Jacqueline. On this day, her demonstration is for a group of children who have lost loved ones to gun violence, while others are from low-income families. 



Jobs & Skills

Could Adaptive Tech Offer Bridge to STEM Success? (Campus Technology) 
A new report from STEMconnector, a professional services firm that focuses on increasing the number of “STEM-ready” workers in the global talent pool, suggests that adaptive learning systems could help underrepresented populations gain traction in STEM education. According to “The Stunning Potential to Create Equity,” the use of adaptive learning is helping students – including those from disadvantaged backgrounds – gain “ability, confidence and persistence” in their higher ed math courses.

Johns Hopkins launching program to help working adults learn to code (Baltimore Business Journal) 
Johns Hopkins University’s engineering school is launching a new training program aimed at teaching working adults how to code, and filling open jobs in the local tech industry. The Whiting School of Engineering is working in collaboration with edtech firm Trilogy Education Services to run the new coding boot camp. The 24-week, part-time program will be geared toward working professionals who may be looking to pursue new job opportunities in tech, and teach them the coding skills necessary to become web developers.

With skills mapping, colleges create a ‘universal language’ to explain value (Education Dive) 
When Allison Cleveland-Roberts sought to make sure graduates at the University of South Florida were adequately prepared for today’s job market, she turned to an old resource, with a twist: help wanted ads. Using data aggregated from actual job listings, Cleveland-Roberts was able to present faculty in the 22 mostly liberal arts-based departments she oversees with a list of the skills graduates needed to thrive in a variety of jobs. 

Higher Education

Udacity, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launch the DeepRacer Scholarship Challenge for students (Dataquest) 
Silicon Valley-based ed-tech platform, Udacity has recently announced the launch of the DeepRacer Scholarship Challenge in association with Amazon Web Services (AWS). As part of the scholarship program, students will get to expand their machine learning and deep learning skills, and put them to test in the AWS DeepRacer League, the world’s first autonomous racing league. Top 200 performers in the DeepRacer League will proceed to receive a full scholarship to Udacity’s Machine Learning Nanodegree program.

NASA funding is helping students build cubesats (Space Daily) 
University of Arizona researchers will use $3 million in NASA funding over three years to research the low-gravity surface environments of asteroids, and to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to design, build and operate CubeSats, or miniature satellites at the UA. The project was selected through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project Institutional Research Opportunity, or MIRO, program. The UA, which was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2018, is one of eight institutions to receive a share of more than $8.2 million. 



K-12 Education

Shortage of cybersecurity pros drives districts to expand curriculum (Education Dive) 
As the roles of IT leaders evolve from technology-focused to strategy-based, school districts are adding cybersecurity training programs to their curricula, driven by a shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. In 2015-16, a survey found 42% of organizations reporting a shortage of cybersecurity employees, and that number grew to 53% by 2019. Budget-strapped districts are getting creative when it comes to implementing training programs. Many are working with government, nonprofits and cybersecurity vendors to put together programs to fill these demands..

Young Scholars Program gives high school students chance to do real research in UI labs (Champaign News Gazette) 
In their white lab coats, Madisen LeShoure and Rola Abudayeh throw around scientific terms such as “hydrophobic” and “micro goniometer” like real research pros. Which they are, in fact, becoming through a program offered by the University of Illinois and funded by NSF. The two Champaign Central High School students are participating in the Young Scholars Program at the Grainger College of Engineering. Now in its third year, the program immerses 25 to 30 local high school students in a research project on campus for six weeks during the summer.

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