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New Federal Data Show Declines in High School Computer Science

April 29, 2016

We’ve seen the state of computer science education in America’s high schools, and it’s not pretty. New data from the U.S. Education Department confirm that few high schoolers are taking computer science in school. In fact, most don’t even have the opportunity.

Tags: computer science

Linda Rosen: Not Ready for College

April 27, 2016

I am delighted to rediscover my inner policy wonk as a first-year member of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). But the fun of digging into data does little to mitigate my dismay over today’s release of the 2015 Mathematics Results at Grade 12 from The Nation’s Report Card.

Tags: computer science, math, standards, higher education

STEMtistic on Display: STEM Professor Gender Gap

April 27, 2016

Even when women earn higher level STEM degrees at a substantial rate, the job market does not always provide equal opportunities. Only half the percentage of female STEM PhD recipients ends up working as full professors in science.

Tags: women & girls, STEMtistics, jobs & workforce, STEM degrees

STEM Media Representation Regains Ground

April 20, 2016

3-Year Old Dresses Like Doc McStuffinsYou know the vicious cycle all too well: Company X isn’t diverse because it can’t find employees who look like underrepresented Applicant X but Applicant X doesn’t want to work for Company X because it isn’t diverse. In response, STEM programs spring forth every day to nurture minority and female interest in STEM.

Tags: minorities, women & girls, jobs & workforce

STEMtistic on Display: Science Gets Short Shift

April 19, 2016

Developing confident math and science teachers has benefits! A study revealed that elementary school teachers don't always feel prepared to teach math and science. This results in daily instruction that unintentionally emphasizes language arts over math and science from Kindergarten to third grade. 

Tags: science, teachers, STEMtistics

Lessons from the Rowdy Campaign Season

April 14, 2016

If there is one lesson STEM education champions should learn from this rowdy election season, it is this: the “knowledge economy” has a dark side for those who cannot take part in it. As the rewards of education grow, those who lack educational opportunities are falling farther and farther behind. Suffering and angry, many seek to upend a political order they believe has failed them.  If any good is to come from all this tumult, the nation must wrestle with the vast opportunity gaps that fuel it.

Tags: minorities, jobs & workforce, STEM & the states

STEMtistic on Display: Low Paying Majors

April 7, 2016

Gaps for Hispanics, African-Americans, and women in STEM interest and achievement may contribute to ever-growing economic inequality in the US. When STEM jobs are some of the highest paying, it remains important to create STEM experiences that lead to more underrepresented groups choosing STEM majors. This might help increase the number of Hispanics, African-Americans, and women represented in the STEM workplace.

Tags: minorities, STEMtistics, jobs & workforce

Happy 43rd Birthday to Everybody’s Best Bud, the Cell Phone!

April 5, 2016

On April 3, 1972, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper strolled down a street in Manhattan and changed the world by making the first cell phone call in history.

Tags: technology

STEMtistic on Display: Gifted Black Students

March 31, 2016

Making sure the teacher population is diverse and representative can play an impactful role in getting female, Hispanic, and black students involved in pursuing STEM fields at higher levels. Studies show the number of black students recognized for their academic talents and recommended for gifted programs rises significantly when the teacher is also black.

Tags: minorities, STEMtistics

Return on Investment from Your College Degree

March 30, 2016

There’s been a lot of discussion in the presidential campaign about the high cost of college education.  It goes without saying that pursuing a master’s or a PhD adds even more to the cost.  After spending all that time and money, how much are you likely to earn?  How can a prospective college student make an informed choice of major

Tags: higher education

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