March 1, 2019 STEMdaily

by STEMconnector

On March 1st’s STEMdaily, the University of Washington opens new Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering which will help double the size of the school, Lockheed Martin’s STEM Scholarship program is open for applications, Hired releases its 2019 State of Software Engineer survey, and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs legislation mandating high school computer science.

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Higher Education
Univ. of Washington opens new computer science building, doubling capacity to train future tech workers (GeekWire) 
This week the University of Washington opened doors to a new 135,000 square-foot computer science building that will help lay the groundwork for the next 40 years and beyond. After several years of planning, fundraising, and construction, The Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering is officially ready to house students and faculty. GeekWire got a sneak peek inside before celebratory grand opening events take place today and Friday. The building allows the UW to double enrollment capacity from 300 to 620 students per year for computer science, which has become the top first-choice major for incoming freshmen.

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Now Open (Lockheed Martin) 
Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world! Beginning in 2019, we are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.

Wichita State once again tops national rankings for engineering R&D (WSU) 
NSF has released updated rankings for university research and development (R&D) expenditures, and Wichita State has held its position as the top university in the country for industry-funded aeronautical R&D with a total of $34 million. The rankings are derived from the NSF’s Higher Education Research and Development survey, compiled by its National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, which includes information from all reporting universities for fiscal year 2017, the most recent information available. 

Diversity in STEM

Non-profit teaching computer science to girls from kindergarten up (CBS News) 
Women comprise nearly half the American workforce but hold just a quarter of its computing jobs. And this gap continues to widen, despite the best efforts of foundations and universities to attract women to technology jobs, and even as computing jobs are increasing so fast that there are 500,000 open positions. But one non-profit,, is reaching girls at younger ages in hopes that an earlier start will create the deeper roots needed to keep them on the tech track now dominated by their male classmates. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the computer science gender gap on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

ComEd celebrates Black History Month with STEM program (WGN) 
In celebration of Black History Month, Com-Ed launched their 4th annual Solar Spotlight program that exposes African American high school students to STEM. Com-Ed has made a commitment to serve the communities and “help build the workforce for the future” says Shawn Daniel, lead IT analyst for Com-Ed. Solar Spotlight took place February 2nd at the Illinois Tech campus and February 9th at the ComEd Training Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

Half Of Female Scientists In The U.S. Leave Full-Time STEM Jobs Once They Have Kids, A New Study Shows (Bustle) 
Despite serious gains for diversity over the past few decades, many jobs and industries still offer inadequate support for working mothers, especially in the U.S. For women in STEM in particular, this lack of support can be even more stark. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in Proceedings Of The National Academy of Sciences by San Diego scientists, which found that nearly half of all female scientists in the U.S. left full-time STEM careers — either for part-time work or for other industries altogether — once they’d had their first child. 


Here are the most in-demand programming jobs and languages, according to Hired (TechCrunch) 
Looking for a high-paying, in-demand job as a programmer? Learning to code for blockchain applications is the way to go, according to a survey from the job placement organization, Hired. In a survey of 98,000 developers on the company’s platform, Hired assessed the kinds of jobs that are most in-demand; the languages that companies are most interested in hiring for; and the top average salaries for careers in several major technology markets including London, New York, Paris, and San Francisco.

How AI Curriculum Can Prepare Students for Success in a New World (Getting Smart) 
As we enter the new year, the question on the minds of educators and economists alike remains an echo from 2018 and years past: how will technology impact jobs moving forward? And how can we prepare our students to succeed in an increasingly automated, AI-driven world? The fear that surrounds AI, automation and its impact on American jobs largely outweigh understanding of its benefits and opportunities. 

K-12 Education

California District Eyes Addition of Robotics Academy (T.H.E. Journal) 
Lodi Unified School District in California is planning to launch a robotics academy in time for the 2019-2020 school year. In a recent board meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Jeff Palmquist presented a possible budget and timeline for launching the school, which would draw both middle and high school students and involve a local community college.

PedsAcademy gives kids fun learning opportunities in the hospital (Hechinger Report) 
When patients arrive at a hospital with a complicated disease, they get a personalized treatment regimen designed to attack their specific illness. At Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, medicine isn’t the only thing that’s personalized. PedsAcademy, founded by Megan Nickels, an assistant professor of STEM education at the University of Central Florida, launched there last November, offering personalized learning opportunities for each patient, tailored to their existing academic needs and the ones they may develop because of their medical conditions. 


West Virginia

W.Va. gov signs bill mandating high school computer science (AP) 
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed legislation requiring students to take computer science classes before graduating high school. Justice held a ceremonial bill signing Thursday at Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School in Beckley. The governor’s office says in a news release West Virginia is the first state to require high school computer science. Justice predicts it will help attract technology companies to the state.

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