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How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink

How not to attract women to coding: Make tech pink | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
To start, there were the pitches from college engineering programs in curly purple typeface accented by flowery images. Women are grossly underrepresented in engineering and computer science careers, a fact that is attracting an increasing amount of attention. Since May, a number of tech companies, among them Google and Facebook, have released their lagging diversity figures, accompanied by pledges to bridge the gender divide. The overflow of pink in her inbox moved the Virginia teen to pen an opinion piece, which was recently a runner-up in a New York Times teen editorial contest. At a recent Bay Area tech mixer put on by Girl Geek Dinners, the tech company that chose the decor elected to replace office lightbulbs with pink and purple ones, bathing the entire event in a fuchsia glow. Guests were encouraged to take a Cosmo-style personality quiz revealing their nerd girl personas and given slap-bracelets and strawberry lip balm at the door. Tools used by women - sewing machines, KitchenAid mixers, a mortar and pestle - were instead utensils and appliances. A 2008 study by the Association for Computing Machinery found that while college-bound boys equated words like "interesting," "video games" and "solving problems" with computing, girls associated terms like "typing," "math" and "boredom." [...] when women are reminded of the stereotype that men are better at math - even in extremely subtle ways, such as checking a gender box at the beginning of an exam - their performance measurably declines. A pink website for tech-savvy women, said Rebecca Jordan-Young, a professor of gender studies at Barnard, is like saying, 'Oh yeah, tech is for you, too. In February, at a Harvard event designed to get women interested in computer science, sponsor Goldman Sachs handed out cosmetic mirrors and nail files. Perpetuating ideasThe move inspired significant backlash after Yuqi Hou, a Harvard student and Web developer, posted a photo of the items on Instagram. The website for the project features articles about inspiring women, like Erica Kochi, who leads UNICEF's Innovation Unit. Some say the tech industry has simply co-opted the language that toy companies use to market products to girls.
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5 gaming dynamics that truly engage students | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Gaming impacts students in many ways--it is challenging, open-ended, flexible, and lets students explore and build skills.
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It's Brookings' Turn to Measure the STEM Workforce - Technocrat

It's Brookings' Turn to Measure the STEM Workforce - Technocrat | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
The past several weeks have brought a couple of reports on STEM workers, and in the ongoing debate over whether there's a shortage of qualified people to w
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Creating Interest in STEM

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The battle for girls in STEM

The battle for girls in STEM | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
Verizon is leading a new campaign to help remind parents that girls are born explorers and should be encouraged to follow their instincts toward science, without pause.
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Chelsea Clinton: Schools Need to Support Girls in STEM

Chelsea Clinton: Schools Need to Support Girls in STEM | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
Teachers call less on girls than boys in middle school math and science classes
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Op-Ed: To Get Ahead in STEM, the Key Is C -- Computers - US News

Op-Ed: To Get Ahead in STEM, the Key Is C -- Computers - US News | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
Computer skills will be essential to almost any job in the future. So why aren't we teaching them to kids now?
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S.T.E.A.M. rises at Mount Hebron - Education - NorthJersey.com

S.T.E.A.M. rises at Mount Hebron - Education - NorthJersey.com | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
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EngineerGirl

EngineerGirl | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
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The Engineering Design Process - www.TeachEngineering.org

The Engineering Design Process - www.TeachEngineering.org | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
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STEM: K-8 Engineering | Scholastic.com

STEM: K-8 Engineering | Scholastic.com | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
As more K–8 programs focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, teachers are finding that chaos creates learning opportunities.
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Summer STEM activities and assessments

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ASCD Express 9.09 - The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards

ASCD Express 9.09 - The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
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The 'maker movement' creates D.I.Y. revolution

The 'maker movement' creates D.I.Y. revolution | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
The ‘maker movement’ is heralded as a new industrial revolution – combining the spirit of the old shop class with modern tech in community 'Do It Yourself' spaces.
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Students Design STEM-Focused Apps to Tackle Community Problems

Students Design STEM-Focused Apps to Tackle Community Problems | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
This week, Verizon announced the winners of its "Innovative App Challenge," a contest in which teams of middle and high school students design concepts for STEM-focused mobile apps to help people in their communities.
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How Tomorrow’s Tech Helps Teachers Today

How Tomorrow’s Tech Helps Teachers Today | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
The SAMR teaching model guides educators to new teaching methods through technology.
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STEM: Not just four subjects, but a set of lifelong skills

STEM: Not just four subjects, but a set of lifelong skills | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
Dr. Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead the Way, shared his thoughts on why STEM benefits students throughout their lives and careers,
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National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau’s STREAM of Consciousness

National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau’s STREAM of Consciousness | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
Zillah High School alumnus and educator revels in the art and science of education.
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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
How we will learn
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At Fourth White House Science Fair, Obama Unveils STEM Plans

At Fourth White House Science Fair, Obama Unveils STEM Plans | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
More than 100 students came to Washington to present their award-winning science projects at the fourth White House Science Fair. During the event, President Obama announced some new STEM education initiatives.
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What Game Based Learning Can Do for Student Achievement (EdSurge News)

What Game Based Learning Can Do for Student Achievement (EdSurge News) | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
If I had written this article two years ago, it would have been very different. Back then, I would have made (or felt like I had to make) a compelling case for why we should even consider the idea of incorporating video games into classroom instruction. Back then, I would have expected most reade
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Learning Science Through Inquiry

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Engineering the Future | Instructional Materials

Engineering the Future | Instructional Materials | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
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Afterschool STEM education

Afterschool STEM Education

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Top 5 Myths About Girls, Math and Science

Top 5 Myths About Girls, Math and Science | STEM Curriculum | Scoop.it
Girls are less interested in science than boys, right? Right?
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