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STEM in the Summer: Hot Three Zoos

August 3, 2015

In the third installment of our “hot three” STEM in the Summer series, we’re highlighting three zoos with fabulous natural exhibits and abundant STEM learning opportunities. In the waning days of summer vacation, plan your escape to the wild side now!

Tags: science

The Teacher Draft

July 31, 2015

Imagine a world where teachers make announcements a la Lebron James when they change schools. Or where the best of the best are celebrated in a recruitment event tantamount to the NBA draft. Or, dare to dream, that they are celebrated with salaries that would make Tiger Woods blush. Imagine no more.  In the latest hilarious video from Key & Peele, the eponymous comedy duo bring us "Teaching Center" which is the most wonderful parody of Sports Center we've ever seen. "Just like that, you're a millionaire."

Tags: teachers

STEM in the Summer: Hot Three National Parks

July 28, 2015

In the second installment of our “hot three” STEM in the Summer series, we’re highlighting three national parks that turn the great outdoors into a science laboratory.

More than 275 million visitors flock to America’s national parks every year to enjoy the great outdoors and historic landmarks. Did you know that the National Park Service also offers terrific STEM educational programs for young people?

Tags: science

STEMtistic on Display: Tough Classes Pay Off

July 22, 2015

Being a successful in your STEM major requires a strong K-12 foundation in science and math. We’re seeing a disappointing number of unprepared college freshmen who get discouraged and end up switching out of STEM majors. Giving kids a good start in STEM is the answer –  let’s make it happen. 

Tags: math, higher education, STEMtistic

Check Out Our New STEMworks Programs!

July 22, 2015

When we sent out a call for applications to STEMworks, our honor role of the nation's top STEM education programs, who knew we would end up with such an embarassement of riches? This year, eleven--count 'em, eleven--programs made it over our high bar. Roughly twice as many didn't, but we feel very lucky to promote this new bumper crop of programs that are changing young people's lives.

Tags: STEMworks

STEM in the Summer: Hot Three Planetariums

July 20, 2015

Interested in checking out cool STEM sights with your family this summer? We’re kicking off a “hot three” STEM series to help avoid the Summer STEM slide -- the learning slump that occurs over the summer when many kids put the books aside –- and have a little fun along the way. This week, we’ll take a look at three of the hottest planetariums around so you can get your space STEM on!

Tags: science

Will New Hiring Practices Alone Solve Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem?

July 17, 2015

A bracing story on the lack of diversity in the tech workforce in today’s Washington Post risks creating a false choice for the nation’s employers.

Tags: technology, computer science, minorities

New Horizons for Women in STEM

July 15, 2015

The biggest story in STEM this year (so far) was yesterday's New Horizons Pluto Flyby -- and boy was it a doozie! In case you missed it, the New Horizons spacecraft came within 7,800 miles of the erstwhile planet after traveling nine years and 3 billion miles from earth. Not only that, but the craft beamed back a photo at the speed of light (which took four and a half hours to reach us) which shows us the best view of Pluto yet.

Tags: science, engineering, women & girls

STEMtistic on Display: Women Leave STEM Majors

July 14, 2015

Women are just as capable of success in technology as men, yet we continue to see a lack of women in the tech workforce. In fact, women have seen no improvement in STEM since 2001. Encouraging women to stay in STEM has to start in K-12, so let’s seed the change now.

Tags: women & girls, higher education

STEMtistic on Display: Encouraging Girls

July 7, 2015

Closing the gender gap in STEM starts with supporting the teachers of our future STEMthusiasts. Too many elementary teachers feel they lack the resources and professional development to help encourage girls to participate in science. We can empower girls by empowering teachers. 

Tags: science, teachers, STEMtistics

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