Diversity in STEM Meet Black Girls Code, The 2014 TechCrunch Include Grant Recipient (TechCrunch)
TechCrunch is excited to announce Black Girls Code as the recipient of the first TechCrunch Include Grant of $50,000. The mission of Black Girls Code aligns perfectly with the founding goals of the Include Grant by aiming to increase participation of women and girls of color in technology and computer science by facilitating early involvement in the field, moving them from being consumers of technology to creators of it. Through a series of after-school workshops and summer camps that leverage computer science with other disciplines, such as art, media, business and engineering, Black Girls Code drives engagement around girls existing interests.
How a race for female tech talent might narrow the industrys gender pay gap (Washington Post)
In report after report, companies like Apple, Google and Facebook all acknowledge that their workforces tilt heavily male. Silicon Valley companies are notoriously dominated by men, particularly in leadership roles and in jobs involving advanced technical skills. Men account for 7 in 10 workers at Twitter, for example. Many of these companies have pledged to do better and what's heartening about this is that efforts to improve gender diversity could also wind up accelerating other positive workforce trends: namely, closing the gap between men and women when it comes to wages.
Viewpoints Tara Chklovski (Founder and CEO, Iridescent): How Do You Develop a Scalable STEM Education Model That Nurtures Deep Learning? (HuffPost ImpactX)
I was very intrigued by Alex Hernandez's post about scalable K-12 solutions and wanted to share some of our own hard won lessons in trying to build a scalable STEM education solution. Here are the constraints that the solution needs to be engineered for: It should be scalable i.e. it should be pretty clear what needs to be adjusted to support another million users - and how. It should inspire the learner -- not just drill and kill. It should support deep, meaningful learning (not just teaching to the test) in Physics and Engineering. These are complex fields requiring much support and generally there is a lack of teachers who have been trained in these fields.
Wal-Marts Rick Webb says nation must do more to boost STEM education (The City Wire)
Rick Webb is tasked with helping solve big problems and improving global processes at the worlds largest retailer. He leads a team of other engineers dispersed around the planet who depend on science, technology and math. Webb, keynote speaker at the recent ARK Challenge Demo Day in Bentonville, said there are not enough advanced degreed STEM in or entering the workforce. Its why Wal-Mart and other STEM advocates continue to push for more educational opportunities. He said engineering schools and universities need to do a better job integrating the colleges of business and technology with engineering and math disciplines so the graduates are better equipped to work on complex problems.
EdTech Calling Kids of All Ages: USPTO Launches Web Page Encouraging Invention and Science and Tech in School (USPTO)
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched a newly redesigned section of its website for kids, but not kids alone! Parents, teachers, and teens will find lots of resources as well as hands-on activities for anyone from preschool to high school. The website encourages students of all ages to engage making, inventing, and discovering the importance of intellectual property. The site also exposes future inventors and entrepreneurs to the inventive thinking process. When the children in your life check out the new USPTO KIDS! pages, theyll discover interesting facts about inventors and learn how they can bring creations of the mind to life!
Webucator Announces New Student STEM Program (Webucator)
Higher Education Growing Virginia Western program gets $800,000 grant (WDBJ)
Virginia Western Community College is celebrating what it's calling a big deal for the school and the Roanoke Valley. The school's Mechatronics program won a nearly 800-thousand dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. Money from the grant is aimed at bettering the school's program and connecting students to employers. Right now, employers say there is a skills gap between the technologyjobs of the future and their ability to fill them. Part of the grant is a mentorship program, where engineering students learn from retirees in the same jobs.
UI center looks to start high school STEM academy (Iowa City Press-Citizen)
The University of Iowa may soon be home to a new academy serving high school students who excel in math and science. The academy would serve as an expansion of the Belin-Blank Center, which educates gifted, primary and secondary-aged students from Iowa and throughout the world, by offering an intensive two-year program focused on STEM aimed at high school juniors and seniors. Although participating students would follow programs designed specifically for academy students, completed coursework would generate college credit as undergraduate students.
Maker Movement How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven (KQED Mind/Shift)
One f the best ways for frustrated parents, students and teachers to convince school leaders that its time for a reboot is with amazing student work. An unconventional learning community of makers people who like to figure out and fix problems with their hands stands ready to demonstrate a hands-on learning style in which students engage problems that matter to them, taking agency and displaying creativity along the way. The Maker Movement is slowly infiltrating schools across the country with the help of dedicated educators and inspirational students proving with their creations that they can do incredible things when given a chance.
STEM Jobs 8 hottest jobs in the oil and gas industry (Denver Business Journal)
The nations oil and gas industry is booming, in Colorado and elsewhere, making experienced professionals with engineering degrees precious commodities, according to Rigzone, a Houston-based online information service for the industry. Rigzone asked nearly 200 hiring managers in the oil and gas industry to list the positions that were most difficult to fill. Not surprisingly, engineers dominated the list but the managers also said theyre looking for mechanics, accounting and finance people and sales and marketing professionals.
Georgia UNG grant to improve local science education (Gainesville Times)
Area schools will benefit from a new $138,483 grant received Friday by the University of North Georgia. The state Department of Education grant will allow UNG to partner with Hall County Schools, Lumpkin County Schools, the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce to strengthen science teachers knowledge and skills, according to a release from the university. The federal Mathematics and Science Partnership program, which awarded the grant, will fund the grant this year and could fund it next year, depending on availability of funds.
Ohio Ohio bill drops one attack on science education, picks up another (ars technica)
Recently, we covered a bill that was introduced in Ohio to deemphasize teaching the scientific process and open the door for people to object to scientific instruction on political grounds. While under consideration, the text of the bill has been modified considerably. Gone is the language about politics, and in its place is a provision that uses language promoted by a think tank that supports intelligent design. First, the good news: initially, the bill would prohibit "political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another" while directing teachers to "focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes."
Pennsylvania Corbett calls on State Board of Education to review Common Core standards (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released a statement Monday calling on the State Board of Education to conduct a public review of Pennsylvania's Common Core education standards. Though Common Core began as a state-led initiative to ensure our public schools met the educational standards needed in the 21st century economy, the process has been overly influenced by the federal government, Corbett said in a statement. Common Core has become nothing more than a top-down takeover of the education system. It is nothing more than Obamacare for education.
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Samsung Launches its Fifth Annual $2 million Solve for Tomorrow Contest for U.S. Public Schools
Samsung today announced that entries are open for the fifth annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for STEM by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. Through the competitions community-based learning approach, youth take topics out of traditional classroom settings and explore, in a hands-on way, how these subjects address core problems that impact their lives and their regions. At Samsung, we know that interest in [STEM] is critical for the jobs of today, the future of tomorrow and our long-term business success, said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America.
Next 20 Registrants for Arizona State University's Higher Education Maker Summit Receive a Complimentary Book from Mark Hatch
Be among the next 20 to register to receive a complimentary copy of The Maker Movement Manifesto, signed by Mark Hatch, TechShop CEO and co-founder! Register today for the Higher Education Maker Summit. Join higher education leaders, acclaimed innovators, and pioneers in the maker movement for this two-day event focused on the future of making. The event features breakout sessions, skill-building workshops and networking events, as well as multiple keynote speakers that include makers such as Mark Hatch; Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc.; a number of exciting TED Fellows; and many others. The Summit is Thursday, Oct. 23 - Friday, Oct. 24 at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center.
International Association for STEM Leaders Gives i-STEM National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award
The International Association fro STEM Leaders (IASL) awarded i-STEM its The National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award. i-STEM is a professional development institute for teachers that enhances their STEM teaching, learning skills, and pedagogy. Teachers, administrators and school leaders apply from across the State of Idaho to attend the institute and many other states have followed this significant model. Associate Professor Dr. Louis Nadelson and Ms. Anne Seifert, K12 STEM Outreach Program Manager, i-STEM Executive Director, were on hand to accept this award.
Join our Upcoming Town Hall on STEM in Communities on September 10th!
We are back in the swing of things with another STEMconnector® Town Hall. In partnership with our friends at Earth Force and the Next Steps Institute, we present STEM into Communities: Creating & Cultivating Partnerships to Support STEM Learning, September 10, 2014, from 1-2:15pm EST. The event will be held virtually on Google+ Hangouts On-Air.