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October 23, 2014

Afterschool STEM Programs Are in Demand

When the school day ends, nearly one in four families and 18 percent of children rely on afterschool programs to provide a safe and secure environment and inspire learning, according to a new report, America After 3PM.

Tags: science, technology, women & girls, engineering

Play Ball! Up Your STEM Baseball Smarts for the World Series

October 21, 2014

Pennant fever is in full swing! And this year, two wild-card teams—the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants—are taking the field for the World Series. With baseball in the spotlight, it’s a great time to explore a few game changers that highlight mashups of STEM and sports. 

Top 5 U.S. Cities for Young Computer Professionals

October 16, 2014

You might think computer science is a young person's game dominated by whiz kids in hoodies. Think again. Nationally, a mere six percent of the computing workforce is younger than 25, compared to 13 percent of the workforce as a whole. What's more, the computing workforce is aging. This year, 43 percent is 45 or older, up from 35 percent in 2001.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, computer science

How Can We Fill the Empty Seats in STEM AP Classes?

October 15, 2014

Let’s talk about the biggest Advanced Placement (AP) scandal in education. If the media is your guide, you probably think that’s the recent controversy in Jefferson County, CO, where the conservative majority on the school board wants to make the AP U.S. History curriculum more “patriotic,” and students and teachers are up in arms.

Top 5 U.S. Cities for Advanced Manufacturing

October 9, 2014

For at least 20 years, many Americans all but wrote off manufacturing as of factory jobs simply evaporated or went overseas. It's time to think again. Advanced manufacturing has come roaring back to life in many places, often in the nation’s hardest-hit industrial towns. Many advanced manufacturing jobs don’t require a four-year college degree, so you can start working and earning just a year or two after high school. But make no mistake: this is not low-skilled work.

Tags: Top 5

New Poll: Teachers Like Common Core Standards!

October 8, 2014

A frequent talking point for critics of the Common Core State Standards is that teachers don’t like the standards. Until very recently, the critics had some teacher polling data to back them up, but a new poll from Scholastic has turned the tables. By and large, teachers like the Common Core.

Tags: Common Core

Remembering Margaret Ashida

October 7, 2014

We are inexpressibly saddened by the untimely passing of Margaret Ashida. Margaret was the indefatigable director of STEMx, a group of state STEM networks that are working together to transform STEM education for our nation's youth.

Happy Manufacturing Day from CTEq!

October 3, 2014

Today, we're celebrating Manufacturing Day 2014 and there's a lot to be excited about!  Manufacturing is one of the most important sectors in American industry and, like most skilled jobs in today's workforce, requires a strong foundation in STEM.

Tags: jobs & workforce

October STEMworks Spotlight: STEM Role Models

October 1, 2014

This month, we’re featuring programs that connect scientists, engineers or computing professionals to young people. These programs give students more than just a glimpse of the exciting work STEM professionals do every day. They provide critical role models and mentors for hundreds of thousands of children and teens who might otherwise never encounter a STEM professional.

Check out our October Spotlight programs:

Tags: STEMworks, jobs & workforce, K-12

Math pays, unless you're a teacher

October 1, 2014

If you study math in college, you can probably look forward to a nice salary--unless, of course, you become a math teacher. It is hardly a surprise, then, that math teachers are so hard to come by.

Tags: math, teachers

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