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Why Are Women Still Walking Away From Science?

Why Are Women Still Walking Away From Science? | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Studies are beginning to show that significant biases against women still exist in science graduate programs. Only 14 percent of physics professors in the U.S.
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Bruce Guthrie’s solution to gender pay gap: more male nurses, female engineers

Bruce Guthrie’s solution to gender pay gap: more male nurses, female engineers | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
WOMEN concerned about earning 17.5 per cent less than men should become engineers rather than nurses to double their salary.
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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: We Use Technology in Schools for Rote Skills: The Ugly Truth

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: We Use Technology in Schools for Rote Skills: The Ugly Truth | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
We Use Technology in Schools for Rote Skills: The Ugly Truth http://t.co/K4wlNEvEB7 *warning* #ACTLearn #TSNet
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Xavier gets $500,000 from NASA to build interest in science and math education

Xavier gets $500,000 from NASA to build interest in science and math education | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Xavier University has received $500,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to lead a six-school effort to devise a plan to get more members of minority groups interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics...
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Community Viewpoint: STEM May Save the Economy | NewsAdvance.com


Can STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education be a cornerstone of a thriving economy? Is the ability to produce a gifted workforce rooted in a strong foundation of critical thinking skills, problem solving and collaborative teams a key to future success not only in Region 2000, but in the nation as a whole? The more and more I think about it, the answer is … yes!


By 2018, STEM jobs are expected to grow 17 percent, whereas other job growth areas are projected to trail at half that amount. One million job openings in STEM fields will occur, yet only 16 percent of college graduates have studied in STEM-related fields, despite the fact that 80 percent of jobs will require a technical skill in the next decade. These jobs average a 26 percent higher salary than in non-STEM-related fields.


These numbers illustrate the brewing of a “perfect storm” in technology-based industries. An insufficient rate of STEM graduates, combined with an aging workforce quickly approaching retirement, has the alarm bells sounding. That alarm is ringing right here in Region 2000. I hear these concerns every day from companies large and small, and there is a common theme to all of them. Companies cannot find local, qualified, candidates and struggle to find diversity in candidates within STEM fields.


When I hear these comments, I see a tragedy. The Lynchburg unemployment rate current sits at 5.6 percent, although it is lower than the national average of 7.1 percent (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Stats). Unemployment affects every aspect of our economy, from business success and growth; to citizen spending power and taxation, which impacts government services and public education.


So where is the root of this workforce dilemma? How do we prepare for a future filled with solutions, promise and hope?


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Shared Value Creates Lasting Impact

Bemis Company is making an impact in the communities where its employees live and work. Through a $2.1 million commitment over a three-year period, Bemis is supporting over 100 high school Project Lead The Way programs. The partnership between Bemis and PLTW continues the expansion of the STEM pipeline and training of our nation's future workforce.

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PLTW - Project Lead the Way is a great initiative for getting kids (and adults) involved in STEM.

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Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan for schools

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The president’s ambitious proposal relies on funding from the FCC, angering some GOP lawmakers.
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Fields Jackson, Jr's comment, August 15, 2013 9:52 AM
Great post Ileane
Ileane Smith's comment, August 15, 2013 12:19 PM
Thanks @fleejack
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5 Videos That Describe New Learning

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These five videos help describe new learning, including project-based learning, game-based learning, and mobile learning.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:29 AM

And they are really worth watching!

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, August 9, 2013 10:06 AM

Great videos that inspire us to help our kids become 21st Century Learners. 

Tom McGuire's comment, August 10, 2013 9:46 AM
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Indian Prairie District 204 School will put focus on math, science, technology

Indian Prairie District 204 School will put focus on math, science, technology | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

Next year, 200 elementary and middle school students from Indian Prairie District 204 and other west suburban school districts will work in labs designed by their teachers and staff at Aurora University, along with scientists and business people...

Eagle hopes the school's curriculum and the school itself will be copied across the state and even the nation.

"That would be the biggest compliment," she said.

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2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge - Playtesting

If your goal is to have people play your game, it helps to have people test it before you reach the final product. That way, you can see what's working and w...
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Transformed by Technology and Project-Based Learning: High Tech High

High Tech High, a network of K-12 public charter schools, uses rigorous projects and portfolio assessments to revolutionize learning. See some of their resou...
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Disrupting Higher Education with Digital Technology

Presentation given in Seattle around the 4 to 5 trends that are changing the way we communicate. Special focus on higher education communication departments.
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Famous Women in STEM: A History

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When we look back in time we remember some pioneers who are studied in school because of the marks they have left behind. Remember Albert Einstein, Alfred Nobel, Aristotle?
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Middle school program helps kids pursue careers in technology

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Over the past decade, educators have emphasized the need to promote and advance STEM education in the U.S...

At the Howard Middle School of Mathematics and Science, run by Howard University, low-performing students of all socioeconomic levels are given a rigorous education in STEM fields.


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Is College Worth It? Priceonomics

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How is it that among all the doom and gloom of the student debt crisis and skyrocketing tuitions, college has never been a better investment?
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I've  followed statistics for engineeing salaries for over 5 years. Petroleum engineers consistently come out on top. No surprise there, but I also find it interesting that not every University has a degree program in this field.

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7 Powerful STEM Resources For Girls - Edudemic

7 Powerful STEM Resources For Girls - Edudemic | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

"The statistics surrounding STEM education and jobs in the US are rather staggering to me. The latest that I’ve read indicate that US students are still trailing WAY behind other nations in Science and Math education (US ranks 47th in Math and Science education quality, and 78% of high school graduates don’t meet the standard levels for at least one entry level STEM class). To top it off, there’s a pretty strong gender divide in the STEM subjects: Many fewer girls are interested in even studying these subjects, and they don’t feel at all confident about their skills."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 26, 2013 11:17 PM

News reports let us know that the number of students studying the STEM subjects needs to rise, and that there is a strong gender divide. What can we do as teachers? How about finding some great websites that look at STEM and are designed for girls. This post provides a look at 7 websites. They are:

* Black Girls Code (for ages 7 - 17)

* DigiGirlz (through Microsoft)
* Center for STEM Education for Girls(transformational opportunities for girls)

* Engineer Girl (National Academy of Engineering)

* The National Girls Collaborative Project (high school and college aged)

* National Center for Women and Information Technology (high school and college)

* Dot Diva (WGBH and for high school girls)

Each site is discussed in the post and links to each are available.

Shannon Collingwood's curator insight, October 26, 2014 2:55 PM

This website gives advice on good organizations for girls interested in a career in a STEM field. 

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Steering girls toward STEM: Statistics and solutions

Steering girls toward STEM: Statistics and solutions | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Women are significantly underrepresented in one of the fastest growing job sectors in the U.S. Experts say parents and teachers need to support girls' interest in math and science at a young age.
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ASTM International Awards Graduate Scholarships to Doctoral Students from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech

ASTM International Awards Graduate Scholarships to Doctoral Students from Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it

ASTM International has announced the recipients of the Society’s 2013 Graduate Scholarship: Bernardo Castellanos, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., and Michael Hirsch, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.

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I'm so pleased with this announcement and ASTM's involvement in the advancement of STEM

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Women Nobel Prize Winners: 16 Women Who Defied Odds To Win Science's ... - Huffington Post

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CK12 tutorial - Search and Download free STEM resources based on Standards

CK12 tutorial -  Search and Download free STEM resources based on Standards | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
In today's Tutorial Tuesday, learn how to search for CK-12 STEM content and download math and science concepts to your devices.

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NASA Workshops Instruct Virginia Teachers In STEM Lesson Implementation

NASA Workshops Instruct Virginia Teachers In STEM Lesson Implementation | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
NASA instructors are in Lynchburg this week, helping teachers show students how to reach for the stars.
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Harlem DNA Lab gives school kids a dose of science during the summer months - New York Daily News

Harlem DNA Lab gives school kids a dose of science during the summer months - New York Daily News | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
New York Daily News Harlem DNA Lab gives school kids a dose of science during the summer months New York Daily News At the Harlem DNA Lab, about a dozen students turned a graphic arts classroom into a first-rate science laboratory to extract DNA...
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Penn State students help children learn engineering through Origami

Penn State students help children learn engineering through Origami | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
Eight-year-old Brooke Bagwell’s origami sailboat took wind the first time it set sail Wednesday morning at Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania.
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STEM Engineering for Kids program comes to Cobb - Cobb County children ages 4 to 14 soon will have exposure to industries that Forbes magazine considers to be among the most promising for college...

STEM  Engineering for Kids  program comes to Cobb - Cobb County children ages 4 to 14 soon will have exposure to industries that Forbes magazine considers to be among the most promising for college... | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
STEM Engineering for Kids program comes to Cobb - Cobb County children ages 4 to 14 soon will have exposure to industries that Forbes magazine considers to be among the most promising for college students.
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The Importance of STEM Education for Latina Mothers

The Importance of STEM Education for Latina Mothers | STEM Advocate | Scoop.it
María Cardona, political commentator and cochair of inSPIRE STEM USA speaks of the role of mothers in their kids´ academic future.
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