US News STEM Solutions 2013: #STEMsolutions13
Mayim Bialik Announces Top STEM High Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
The 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools for STEM rankings come with a sense of deja vu. At the 2013 U.S. News STEM Conference in Austin, Texas, the new list was revealed, and the top three schools on the list are the same as in 2012. As in 2012, High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., came in at No. 1, Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va., came in at No. 2, and Troy High school in Fullerton, Calif., came in at No. 3. Mayim Bialik, a neuroscientist who is better known as an actress from CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," announced the new rankings but also delivered a message intended to boost participation in and enthusiasm for STEM education.
Top-Ranked Universities That Grant the Most STEM Degrees (U.S. News & World Report)
As part of the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference, we are publishing an exclusive new list of the National Universities from our 2013 Best Colleges rankings that grant the largest proportion of bachelor's degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. California Institute of Technology and Colorado School of Mines tied for first place with 98 percent of their degrees granted in STEM fields. Missouri University of Science & Technology came in third with 91 percent; Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts finished fourth with 88 percent; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology was in fifth with 86 percent.
100 CEO Leaders in STEM: #100STEMCEOs
Cisco CEO John Chambers Recognized Among 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (Cisco CSR Blog)
“We need Hollywood to make movies and television shows about sexy female engineers,” Clinton said in an interview aired Friday on CNN. Clinton lamented statistics that show girls lose interest in the sciences as they grow older. “I think [girls are] not seeing role models — they’re seeing boys who are astronauts, boys who are engineers, they’re seeing boys who start Facebook or Google, they’re not seeing girls, its really hard to imagine yourself as something that you don’t see, particularly when you’re a kid,” Clinton said.
Washington State CEOs Featured in New List of 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (Washington STEM)
A list of the top 100 STEM CEOs presented today as part of the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions summit includes two from Washington state and many other leaders from companies with a significant Washington presence. The Washington executives — Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Intellectual Venture's Nathan Myhrvold — made the list published by STEMConnector®, a nationwide network of STEM companies. The list profiles CEOs who have been actively advancing [STEM] education throughout their careers, industries, and companies. “It’s an honor to be recognized among those who understand the urgency of promoting [STEM] fields,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft.
Discovery CEO David Zaslav Named to STEMconnector’s List of 100 CEO Leaders in STEM (WebWire)
Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 nonfiction media company, today announced that President and CEO David Zaslav has been named by STEMconnector®, the One-Stop for “who” is doing “what” in STEM education and careers, to its official list and cover for its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication. The unprecedented publication presents 100 corporate CEO profiles including their thought provoking views on the future of our national competitiveness and need for a STEM workforce. The CEO’s center their discussions around technology; innovation; skills to careers; public-private partnerships; women, girls and diversity; global competitiveness; scalability and best practice.
STEMxTM Network of State STEM Organizations Grows to 19 (STEMx)
One year ago, STEM education leaders from 13 different states formed a new partnership where they could share innovations and coordinate sustained action across the country. Today, Georgia and Indiana became the fifth and sixth states to join the STEMx™ network in the past year. This announcement caps a year of development and growth for the network, which now includes more than a third of the nation’s states. “Every day, leaders in business, education and government are searching for ways to bring more great STEM teaching into their communities,” said Margaret Ashida, Director of STEMx.
Learning Blade announces collaboration with BattelleEd (Learning Blade)
To accelerate the adoption of Learning Blade, Thinking Media is collaborating with BattelleEd, a subsidiary of Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. In this collaboration BattelleEd is conducting validation studies and will develop best practices for the adoption of the Learning Blade system into schools nationwide. The Battelle STEM Innovation Lab is working to identify and bring to scale new, high-quality STEM education tools such as Learning Blade. These tools can be implemented and spread through STEMx network.
Hyundai and Mind Research Institute Announce Partnership to Improve Math Education Across the U.S. (Mind Research)
Hyundai Motor America and the nonprofit MIND Research Institute today announced a partnership aimed at improving math education for thousands of high-need elementary school students across the country. The two organizations launched the Hyundai ST Math Initiative at the US News STEM Solutions national conference in Austin, Texas. Beginning this fall, the initiative will benefit 6,000 students and 200 teachers in New York, Chicago, Spring, Texas and Pinellas, Florida. Hyundai will offer grants to 15 low-income, high-needs elementary schools..
National 4-H Council COO Addresses Importance of STEM Education (PRNewswire)
National 4-H Council Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Sirangelo, will speak to the importance of hands-on [STEM] education in the out-of-school hours at the U.S. News & World Report STEM Solutions Conference. The conference will take place June 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Sirangelo will serve as a panelist for Beyond the Classroom Walls: Afterschool and Extracurricular Programs where she'll discuss the state of science in the United States.
Entertainment Industries Council Supporting U.S. News STEM Solutions National Conference 2013 (PRWEB)
Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) is a supporting organization of the 2013 STEM Solutions National Conference, and will participate in the planning process and provide input and solutions for the improvement of STEM fields. During the conference, EIC’s Skylar Jackson, External Communication & Program Director, will moderate a Super Session, “We Don’t Hate Math: Closing the Gender Gap,” in which several female panelists will discuss the need to include more women in STEM fields.
Three Ways MOOCs Will Change Colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
"When you teach a MOOC, you have to be a deliberate teacher," said Richard DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology, at the U.S. News 2013 Stem Solutions Conference. In a MOOC, he said, the professor has to make the lecture leaner and more efficient, without unnecessary digressions. For example, a professor may explicitly state the goals of a particular course segment and be forced to follow through: "The next 11 minutes are going to be devoted to teaching you this concept, this idea, this technique," Demillo explained.
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Panel: It's Important That Women Learn STEM Can Be Fun (U.S. News & World Report)
"Women start out taking STEM courses, but as you move up the ladder that percentage who stick with it becomes smaller and smaller," said Maria T. Zuber, vice president for research and professor of geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, during a panel discussion on women in STEM at the U.S. News 2013 STEM Conference. For that reason, she said, it's important to convey to young women that math and science can be fun and exciting.
Miss America: High Schools Squelch Natural Curiosity of Children (U.S. News & World Report)
Toddlers are natural scientists. They observe, analyze and experiment to solve problems. But somewhere along the way, that curiosity is squashed, according to experts speaking today at the 2013 U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Austin, Texas. "Schools aren't supporting these tendencies … instead they educate them out of children," said Christine Cunningham, vice president of the Museum of Science in Boston.
The 10 Cities With The Most STEM Job Openings Right Now (Forbes)
The job market may not be recovering fast enough for the 11.8 million unemployed Americans, but there is hope for thousands of jobless STEM professionals in major metro areas across the country. Forbes and online job search engine Indeed.com have teamed up to compile a list of the 10 cities with the highest number of available STEM positions, which are occupations that require an education in disciplines.
Eric Schwarz (CEO, Citizen Schools): How We Can Solve the STEM Crisis Through Invention (Huffington Post)
America, it's time to solve the STEM crisis. Great scientists- innovators like Edison, Einstein, and Rachel Carson- think outside of the box. They look at the natural world in novel ways, opening new pathways forward for humanity. Why should our approach to STEM education be any different? We shouldn't just tinker with current models- tweaking what we test, or modestly updating how we train our full-time teachers.
(Unofficial) #STEMsolutions13 Twitter Directory
Here it is: the Unofficial #STEMSolutions13 Twitter Directory! With a list this huge, we are asking for some crowdsourcing help from you, the STEM community. Let us know if any of these twitter handles are incorrect or missing or if you wish for us to take one down by tweeting at us @STEMconnector or send an e-mail to STEMdaily@STEMconnector.org. We will be constantly updating this blog post to show the current session at the top. Follow @STEMsolutions and @STEMconnector for all the latest live from Austin! So tweet away using #STEMsolutions13, and never miss a twitter handle by using this guide!
This Week in The Gooru Corner: The Wild World of Weather
Sometimes it feels like the weather has a mind of its own -- one day it’s 70 degrees and sunny, and the next day it’s snowing! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to investigate the wild world of weather, so join us in The Gooru Corner to learn how the weather works.
Dr. Ronnie B. Lowenstein: EdTech: Revolution in Education #EdTechRev
EdTech: Revolution in Education: The State of Digital and Distance Learning captures the dynamism of the technology changes in education, illuminates the stresses and quivering possibilities education stakeholders feel living in a liminal moment, where old structures have broken down but new ones have not yet been firmly established, and spotlights those champions of EdTech who demonstrate that they possess both the vision and political will to risk and innovate with policies, research, development of devices, and multi sector partnership programs that will shape the contours of our Emerging Cybercivilization. As you explore the various chapters, you will meet pioneers of EdTech from various sectors who are daring to engage in a process of ‘ R & R’... rethinking/reconceptualizing assumptions about teaching and learning, and then using technology to creatively promote connections, communication and collaborations with restructured learning opportunities , thus revolutionizing education in the process. We salute those visionary leaders and multiple organizations who are harnessing technologies and social networks to build bridges of understanding in our increasingly interconnected world without borders.
EdTech Weekly Report: Week of June 17, 2013
Make sure you check out this week's edition of the EdTech Weekly Report, featuring EdTech stories on the Gates Foundation's initiative to study the effectiveness of MOOCs, the merits of social networking in the classroom, how one educator is using Google Glass for learning already, and much more!
STEMconnector® Releases List of its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM
STEMconnector® released the official list and cover for its 100 CEO Leaders in STEM publication. The unprecedented publication presents 100 corporate CEO profiles including their thought provoking views on the future of our national competitiveness and need for a STEM workforce. The CEO’s center their discussions around technology; innovation; skills to careers; public-private partnerships; women, girls and diversity; global competitiveness; scalability and best practice.