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New Study: Lower Teacher Pay Linked to Lower Math Skills

July 27, 2016

If we want better teachers, then we need better incentives to teach. That is one big takeaway from a new study of teachers’ skills in 23 developed nations. Here are the study’s findings in a nutshell:

Tags: math, teachers

STEMtistic on Display: AP Exams for Success

July 26, 2016

Research makes strong connections between college performance and Advanced Placement (AP) test scores. In general, those who do well on AP exams do better in college than those who do not do well on the exams. Hispanic test takers in particular are 28 percent more likely to succeed in college. How's that for closing the achievement gap?

Tags: STEMtistics, minorities

Colorado Partners Bring New Programs into STEMworks

July 25, 2016

Congratulations to five STEM education programs that have distinguished themselves as among the best programs serving Colorado's children and youth! Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) used our rigorous STEMworks application and review process to identify two new programs for STEMworks and strengthen the standing of two others.

Tags: STEMworks

The Notion Behind the Motion

July 20, 2016

When you think of show-stopping ballet dancers like Misty Copeland, you might say their dance moves “defy physics”. So often dancers’ jaw-dropping leaps and innumerable turns look like magic. And just like magic, we wonder in amazement just how they did it! But elite dancers, like all athletes, act as real life demonstrations of the laws of motion. Instead of defying physics, they authenticate it!

How Can You Think and Hit at the Same Time?

July 18, 2016

In the 1955 Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Damn Yankees, a long suffering DC fan makes a pact with the Devil to elevate his beloved team to win the pennant.  Alas, apparently without such a pact, the real-life Washington Nationals have never played in the World Series. But maybe this year will be different--and it will be as a result of STEM!

Tags: science

Guest Blog: The San Francisco 49ers Use Football to Inspire STEM Learning

July 13, 2016

The San Francisco 49ers are taking science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to new heights for children throughout Silicon Valley.

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STEMtistic on Display: Narrowing the Gender Gap

July 11, 2016

The availability of AP classes and performance on AP exams can have a profound impact on students' pursuits of science majors in college. In the area of computer science there is currently a gap in achievement between the scores of female and male high school students. However, that gap has been closing steadily since 2000--a sign of progress for women interested in computer science.

Tags: computer science, science, women & girls

STEMworks Comes to Michigan!

July 11, 2016

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill that adopts CTEq’s STEMworks as a critical standard for quality in his state. The MiSTEM Advisory Council will use our rigorous, independent STEMworks review process to identify the state’s most effective STEM programs and then scale them with state funds.

Happy Math 2.0 Day 2016!

July 8, 2016

What’s Math 2.0 Day you ask? It is a time to sit back and contemplate the crossroads between math and technology. No there’s no pie or mole sauce that comes with this holiday. But feel free to use your cellphone, engage in an online game, or check the weather as acknowledgements of math and technology contributions to society. This year, CTEq would like to celebrate this brilliant partnership by listing out cool STEM careers that require, well, Math 2.0.

1) Video Game Designer

Tags: math, technology, Top 5, jobs & workforce

An Amazing Woman in STEM

July 7, 2016

Women have been rocking the world of science since humans first asked "why?".  One such woman, Nettie Stevens, discovered the key to gender differences lived in the chromosomes. She theorized but couldn't yet prove that species pass on genetic traits, like gender, through sperm cells. While her discovery and theory sound like common knowledge today, people once believed that the environment or nutrition played a larger role in determining the gender of humans than genes. 

Tags: women & girls

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