Wednesday — July 24, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector


In today’s STEMdaily, Howard University welcomes in new class of students for the HU Bison STEM Scholars Program, a UT-Austin study looks at the obstacles black and latinx students face that lead them to quit STEM majors, tech workers are increasingly working outside of traditional tech companies, fun STEM camps are in full swing at Radford University and the University of Kentucky, and what’s new for ST Math this fall!

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Howard U Bison STEM Program Welcomes New Scholars (Washington Informer) 
The Howard University Bison STEM Scholars Program welcomes its third group of incoming freshmen for a multi-year program that provides the high-achievers full undergraduate scholarships in exchange for their commitment to pursue graduate and professional studies in STEM-related disciplines. The 29 students represent 12 states and were selected through a competitive national application process and have committed to pursuing a Ph.D., or a combined MD/Ph.D.

 

Exclusion in STEM classrooms lead to lower graduation rates for minority students, UT study says (The Daily Texan) 
Black and Latinx students pursuing careers in STEM face obstacles their white peers do not, making them more likely to leave those majors without receiving a degree, UT researchers say. “Individuals that are employed in STEM occupations tend to have relatively high levels of income and social status,” said Catherine Riegle-Crumb, lead author of the study. “There’s reason to believe that racial ethnic minorities, particularly black and Latino students in this country, face obstacles in these fields that are not faced by their white peers.”

Varsity esports? This all-girls school in Ohio is tackling gender equality through gaming (USA Today) 
Collins helped a private school near Cleveland become the first U.S. all-girls school to launch a varsity esports program during last school year. With Collins as coach, the 10-person team at Hathaway Brown competed against local schools and libraries, with players ranging from novices to avid gamers. The players reported many of the benefits associated with traditional sports – bonding, teamwork and improved confidence among them – and some say they might pursue college scholarships. 

 

 

Jobs & Skills

Tech Workers Are Finding Jobs Outside of Traditional Tech (IEEE Spectrum) 
Where are the tech jobs? Not necessarily where you would think. That’s the conclusion of Indeed economist Andrew Flowers. In his latest analysis for the job search firm, he found that while tech jobs as a share of all jobs rose 17 percent between 2012 and 2017, from 2.8 to 3.3 percent, in high-tech industries, the ratio of tech workers to all workers fell. Meanwhile, the share of tech workers in other industries grew, according to Indeed’s numbers.

We need to retrain workers – not rescrew them (Quartz) 
Who knows what traumas may come in the next 20 years as AI and automation sweep through industries. Most commentators predict big job cuts, ever shorter job tenure, more project-based working, and greater insecurity. But what’s striking about their forecasts is that they’re almost identical to the ones made by futurists ever since the 1960s, when magazine features on the rise of the robots became a staple. Those forecasts turned out to be almost entirely wrong. Employment levels often rose rather than fell. Job tenure remained roughly constant. 

Summer of STEM

Congressman Rick Crawford kicks off 4th annual STEM tour (KAIT) 
Congressman Rick Crawford kicked off his 4th annual STEM Tour Monday on the Arkansas State Campus. A celebration began the five-day tour that includes 13 stops over the week. The tour provides educators a glimpse inside local workplaces. Crawford hopes that this will not only give them a better understanding of the jobs that are out there but also the skills needed for students to one day succeed in various work environments.

Rocket girls: Radford University holds annual STEM camp (Roanoke Times) 
Radford University held its 12th annual Summer Bridge program last week for high school girls interested in learning more about STEM programs – and some built and launched miniature rockets. The camp included a variety of subjects for students to choose from such as physics and math, geology and forensic science. Rising senior Maliyah Philpott of Bassett said that she chose “Bits and Bots,” which focused on building and launching rockets.

 

 

10 Years Strong, Learning Comes to Life for Kids at STEM Camp (University of Kentucky) 
STEM is not silent. It certainly isn’t still or stoic. That much becomes clear within a few minutes of visiting See Blue STEM Camp, Robotics Camp, and Chem Camp at the University of Kentucky in June. The hallowed halls of higher education, normally fairly quiet in the lull between semesters, ring with excitement as hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students become budding engineers, mathematicians, chemists, scientists and computer programmers. 

K-12 Education

What’s New in ST Math for the 19/20 School Year (MIND Research Institute) 
JiJi is so excited to welcome educators and students across the country back to school and to ST Math! What’s new for the 19/20 school year? This year, we’ve added tons of new resources for teachers and math leaders, and we’ve opened our new feature ST Math Chats for beta in grades 3-5. ST Math Chats are self-contained 20-30 minute guided lessons that use the visual models of ST Math to engage students in mathematical discussion.

Cubs’ Cole Hamels’ foundation funds STEM education in Chicago area, Africa (ABC7 Chicago) 
Chicago Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels is set to host his first Chicago gala benefiting the Hamels Foundation, now in its 10th year. The foundation provides priceless STEM-based education to local, national and international students. He and his wife Heidi have helped build a school in Malawi, but now the couple wants to invest in Chicago schools. Cole, the son of a former school superintendent, fully understands the importance of the cause. There are still limited tickets available for the event on Sunday, August 4.

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