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Guest Blog: E.K. Ellington Scott

February 8, 2016

Tell us a little about yourself…how did you get your STEM start?
My exploration into STEM started with my childhood fascination with Leonardo da Vinci. I studied his technical sketches as if they were my own. His was the first mind I studied to forge the connection between the arts and STEM. Leonardo da Vinci’s imagination even led to the invention of musical instruments, many of which have been built and explored in today’s music.

Tags: guest blog, engineering

Three Predictions for the Future of Sports

February 5, 2016

As detailed in GeekWire’s article on Intel’s commitment to advancing sports technology, STEM provides a plethora of untapped opportunities to bring the world of sports into The Digital Age. Intel recently doubled its investment in sports technology and we have a feeling they won’t be alone.

Tags: technology, science

Guest Blog: Gary Hopf of State Farm

February 1, 2016

What first sparked your interest in STEM?
As a child, I was fascinated with how things around me worked. My father encouraged this behavior by introducing me to hands on learning activities, from electronic kits to model building. These activities fostered my creativity and imagination and fueled my mind.

Tags: guest blog, technology

Mock Interviews Give Students Practice—and Hope—for Future Careers

January 28, 2016

This is the fifth in a series of blogs on work-based learning in STEM. Mock interviews are one of six types of employer-led learning activities highlighted in our employer’s guide to work-based learning.

Interviewing for a job can make even seasoned professionals go wobbly at the knees. Given the high stakes, every bit of preparation helps—and an early start well before students go after their dream jobs can make a difference in their career paths. 

Tags: Employee Engagement

Business Celebrates STEM, Looks Ahead in 2016

January 27, 2016

Change the Equation and our members had an impressive year in 2015 and are looking ahead to even bigger things in 2016! Join us in celebrating 2015, and looking ahead as our visionary corporate members are already making STEM learning a reality for young people all across the U.S. this year.

Guest Blog: Justina Nixon-Saintil of Verizon

January 26, 2016

What first sparked your interest in STEM?

Tags: guest blog

New STEMworks Programs Will Expand Across the State of Iowa

January 25, 2016

In 2016, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council will bring STEMworks programs to a big chunk of the state’s K-12 enrollment. For the past two years, Change the Equation has helped the Governor’s Council find programs that are most likely to make a difference for young Iowans.

Tags: STEMworks

Honoring the Spirit of Service

January 21, 2016

Earlier this week, Americans marked Martin Luther King Day through volunteer service, celebrating King’s vision of creating a “Beloved Community.”   Many demonstrated their personal commitment to service as individuals, families, and groups, helping develop healthy, strong communities. 

Tags: Employee Engagement

The Numbers Behind Playing the Numbers

January 11, 2016

We've all got champagne wishes and caviar dreams, it seems, especially when it comes to the Powerball. The jackpot has soared to more than a billion dollars and that's got many of us getting ready to play. It's definitely fun to dream about the private island we'd buy, or showering our loved ones with riches -- but how realistic are those dreams? Turns out...it depends on who you ask, and --you guessed it -- it's grounded in math.

Tags: math

STEMtistic on Display: College Grads Lack Tech Skills

January 6, 2016

We've told you before that U.S. millennials aren't tech savvy, and here's more fuel to the fire. It seems that employers report that college graduates don't have the tech skills needed for success. Doubling down on programs that work, among other solutions, is critical to solving the gap.

Tags: technology, STEMtistic

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