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What are Americans Studying?

What are Americans Studying? | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

In the 2008-2009 school year, more American  students received undergraduate degrees in visual and performing arts than engineering.  Among international students, however, the 2009-2010 school year yielded far more graduates in engineering, physical and life sciences, and math and computer scinece than in social sciences and fine darts.  What implications does this have for the future?

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Science Professors Test Interactivity in Large STEM Courses

Science Professors Test Interactivity in Large STEM Courses | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Even veteran educators are putting research into practice and testing the merits of inquiry-based approaches to learning versus lecture-style teaching.  At George Washington University, for example, physics professor William Briscoe -- a professor for 35 years -- took an apprehensive leap into inquiry learning, using small group discussions and hands-on activities to teach his introductory physics class.  He noticed that the average grade students in that class received on the first test he administered were 10% higher than those of students in his lecture courses. 

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The Link Between Creativity, Freedom, and Entrepreneurship

The Link Between Creativity, Freedom, and Entrepreneurship | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Some food for thought: With the current emphasis on the high value of STEM skills for the workplace of the future, some feel that the importance of adding liberal arts to the mix can be lost.  At the World Entrepreneurship Forum held in Singapore yesterday everyone from Lockheed Martin's chief technology to the Senator-Mayor of Lyon, France highlighted the importance of offering leraners an environment that fosters creativity.

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Record Numbers of Women Enroll in Engineering at Perdue

Record Numbers of Women Enroll in Engineering at Perdue | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

In a single year, enrollment of first-year women in Perdue University's College of Engineering reportedly increased 31 percent.  To what does the school attribute such a dramatic gain?  Although it's difficult to pinpoint with complete accuracy, Beth Holloway, director of the College's Women in Engineering Program, points to a likely factor: The college's use of the 2008 report, "Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering."

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The Transformative Potential of 3D Printers in the Classroom

The Transformative Potential of 3D Printers in the Classroom | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Now that computers abound in classrooms, what's next?  Some think that 3D printers could be the next high-tech classroom tool to transform the way students learn core STEM principles.   

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Multi-Faceted Arizona Project Aims to Spark Young Students' Enthusiasm about STEM

Multi-Faceted Arizona Project Aims to Spark Young Students' Enthusiasm about STEM | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

United behind the common goal of getting young students inspired by and excited about learning STEM subjects, a new project in Arizona, Engineers Serving Education, has the ambitious goal of reaching nearly 10,000 elementary and middle school students.  The project, spearheaded by Arizona State University, d

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Feeding STEM Disciplines with Well-Trained Professionals Vital to Economic Recovery

Feeding STEM Disciplines with Well-Trained Professionals Vital to Economic Recovery | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Paula Allen-Meares, Vice President of the University of Illinois, makes the case for colleges and universities stepping up creatively to meet the challenge of graduating tomorrow's STEM professionals.  Along the way, she notes the critical importance of elementary, middle, and high schools in influencing students' career paths.

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Framingham State an Official NASA Educator Resource Center

Framingham State an Official NASA Educator Resource Center | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Framingham State University, which partners with MSSEF through MSSEF's Curious Minds Initiative to offer the STEM Certificate in Inquiry, is positioned to become an invaluable resource to teachers of STEM subjects.  As Massachusetts' first NASA Educator Resource Center, FSU will have access to a treasure trove of space-related materials for teachers.

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Study: California Elementary Schools Skimping on Science Education

Study: California Elementary Schools Skimping on Science Education | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A new study reveals that California's youngest students may be in peril of missing out on a foundation in science.  "High Hopes -- Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California," funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, suggests that state and federal testing emphasis on English and math has resulted in science education being relegated to the back burner in the state.  Among the findings of the study: 60 percent of California school districts have no staff dedicated to elementary science, and 40 percent of elementary teachers spend an hour or less on science instruction each week.

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Why Aren't More African-Americans Pursuing STEM Careers?

On a percentage basis, fewer African-Americans are earning degrees in STEM subjects today than at any other point in the last decade.  What's behind the declining numbers?  While the U.S. currently is not for churning out as many STEM professionals as it used to, there is a particularly notable dearth of new mathematicians, engineers, and scientists among African-Americans.  

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Technology and Innovation Conference Spotlights Critical Need for Investment in STEM Education

Technology and Innovation Conference Spotlights Critical Need for Investment in STEM Education | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC held a conference this week called "Technology and the Innovation Economy: How to Harness New Engines for Growth." Experts including Intel CTO and Director of Intel Labs Justin Rattner, Senior Innovation Advisor to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Eric Nakajima, and Kevin Richards, Senior VP of Federal Government Affairs at TechAmerica.   Among the conclusions reached by the guests: Congress needs to do more to keep up with innovation in technology, and in order to do so a greater investment needs to be made in STEM education.

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Conference Compares French, American Approaches to Science Education

Last week in Chicago, French and American scientists held a meeting of the minds to compare and contrast their respective approaches to science education.  France's mandate of primary school science reform, instated in 1996, emerged as a key difference.  To date, the U.S. has not seen any unified effort to revitalize science education to the extent that France's La main a la pate has.  Prior to 1996, science was taught in less than five percent of primary schools.  Now, that number is between 30 and 40 percent.  Among the challenges facing science education cited by representatives from the two countries: Teachers' insecurities about their own science knowledge and scientists' concerns that engaging in too much public outreach could cut in on valuable time in the lab.  Read more about the "Cross Fertilization About Shared Experiences" conference.

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Using Inquiry-Based Teaching to Improve Science Education

Using Inquiry-Based Teaching to Improve Science Education | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Lori Smolleck, assistant professor of education, at Bucknell University, emphasizes the use of inquiry-based teaching to promote critical thinking in science education. "Teaching science as inquiry encourages students to ask their own questions and find their own answers based on evidence," she says. "This may take a bit longer, but the rewards associated with increased student motivation and interest, as well as the resulting depth of understanding and the acquisition of sophisticated knowledge of scientific content, are well worth the extra time."

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Eighth-Grader Takes Java as a Second Language

Eighth-Grader Takes Java as a Second Language | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

When 8th grader Chance Williams found himself floundering in Spanish class, his tech-savvy father floated the suggestion that his son be allowed to take Java as a foreign language instead.  The school agreed, and permitted Chance and his dad to organize an independent study course.  Things are going well: Chance hopes to get his Java certification by the end of 9th grade, and already has produced an app, Droidbox, which has been downloaded 500 times. 

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STEM Projects Vying for Piece of $150 Million "I3" Pie

More than 160 STEM-related proposals -- adding up to $737 million in requested funding -- are in the running to claim a slice of the $150 million in federal aid available through second round of the Investing in Innovation ("i3") program.  The first roun dof funding resulted in 49 i3 grants receiving $650 million.

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Scholarships for STEM Majors

Here's a handy list of some college aid options for students in science, technology, engineering, or math fields.

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Nationwide, Community Colleges Lighting STEM Spark in K-12 Students

Nationwide, Community Colleges Lighting STEM Spark in K-12 Students | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Community colleges from across the nation are recognizing the need to spark students' interest in STEM subjects early in their education as a way of enticing them into science-, technology-, engineering-, and math-related professions.  Science fairs, STEM-focused summer camps,  and specialized teacher training are among the opportunities made available by community colleges to students and teachers interested in pursuing STEM subjects. 

 

Central Community College in Nebraska, for example, has a program called Project SHINE (Shaping High-quality Integrated Nebraska Education) that has both a teacher-training component and a STEM summer camp for 9th and 10th graders. Project SHINE director Dan Davidchik says that he has noticed "tremendous changes in the way teachers connect STEM with what goes on in business and industry."

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High-Tech Classroom Prepares Students for Careers

High-Tech Classroom Prepares Students for Careers | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

Dozens of Indiana schools are taking part in Propject Lead the Way -- an innovative program designed to prepare students for jobs in high-tech engineering.  Currently, more than 130 high school students participate in Project Lead the Way, enhancing their job prospects in a challenging economic climate.

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CSU System Pins Future on STEM

CSU System Pins Future on STEM | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

The California State University (CSU) system is looking to graduate more students with majors in STEM disciplines -- a reponse, administrators say, to concerns about the quality of the U.S. labor force.  One aspect of CSU's initiative: a focus on service learning.  "It brings STEM to life in a meaningful way," said Judy Botelho, CSU's director of the Center for Community Engagement.

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Study: "Micro-Biases" Adversely Impact Female Engineering Students

Contrary to popular belief, the reason that fewer women than men stick with engineering majors and enter engineering is not necessarily related to their ambitions to start a family.  More likely, womens' shaky"professional role confidence" is to blame, according to a study in this month's issue of the American Sociological Review. 

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Reflections on the Value of Child's Play

Reflections on the Value of Child's Play | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

According to author Annie Murphy Paul ("Origins"), growing up in the digital age means that many of today's children are spending too little time tinkering.  "Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth," she writes. 

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Slowly, STEM Subjects, Careers Gaining Appeal Among Women

Slowly, STEM Subjects, Careers Gaining Appeal Among Women | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

With women earning well over half the undergraduate and master's degrees and slightly more than 50% of the doctorates awarded in 2009 and 2010, more and more are entering typically male-dominated STEM fields.  The change is occurring slowly, fueled by the enthusiasm and dedication of trailblazing female professors like William and Mary's Elizabeth Harbron.

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High Wages Tied to STEM Certificates, Bachelor's Degrees in STEM Subjects

High Wages Tied to STEM Certificates, Bachelor's Degrees in STEM Subjects | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

A study conducted by Georgetown University shows that 65% of people with bachelor's degrees in STEM subjects make larger salaries than those with master's degrees in non-STEM subjects.  Holders of STEM certificates are sitting pretty, as well; many earn more than people with non-STEM degrees.

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Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Launches "WOW Initiative" at STEM Summit

A new statewide public awareness campaign in Massachusetts will engage and educate students in STEM opportunities.  Announced by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this morning at the Annual STEM Summit in Newton, MA, the "WOW Initiative" highlights 15 "Wowsters" -- individuals including Red Sox statistician Bill James, whose careers exemplify the application of STEM skills.  Lieutenant Governor Murray also announced that Boston has formed a regional STEM network that joins six regional pre-k-16 networks statewide.

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New Charter School Teaches Young Kids to Wonder

New Charter School Teaches Young Kids to Wonder | Curious Minds | Scoop.it

York Regional Academy Regional Charter School is a breeding ground for future science fair competitors.  Currently serving grades K-2, the school has plans to grow to serve students through grade 12.  Following an International Baccalaureate program, the school is inquiry-based, with the students guiding instruction. 

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