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The Top Five Cities for Green Jobs

November 13, 2014

If you think green jobs are a fad, think again. While so many other occupations have been roiled by the boom and bust cycles since 2001, green jobs seem to prove the adage that “slow and steady wins the race.” They haven’t seen spectacular gains or dizzying losses from one year to the next, but their long-term growth has been impressive. The number of green jobs has risen more than 16 percent since 2001, three times faster than jobs overall.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce

Election Predictions: Finding the Signals in the Noise

November 4, 2014

Political junkies will be tuning in tonight for the results of the midterm elections. Will the pollsters and prognosticators be taking a victory lap, or will they have egg on their faces? Thanks to the application of STEM know-how to track voter preferences and behaviors, election predictions are becoming more sophisticated and accurate. Check out the STEM connections to political predictions—after you cast your ballot in the Senate, House and gubernatorial matchups, of course.

Get your STEM program in STEMworks!

November 3, 2014

If you know a great STEM education program, now is the time to tell them about STEMworks. Now through December 12, programs can apply to be in STEMworks, the nation's leading resource for identifying excellent STEM education programs. And, if your program is active in Iowa, it may have a singular opportunity to reach thousands more young people in the state.

Tags: STEMworks, STEM & the states

Top 5 Cities for New Engineering Jobs

October 28, 2014

Like almost everything else, engineering jobs took a hit in the recession, but they’ve been coming back strong. Earlier this year, a CTEq analysis of federal data showed that the unemployment rate for recent engineering graduates was a mere 2.2 percent from 2011 to 2014. Compare that to almost 7.0 percent for recent bachelor’s degree holders overall.

Tags: engineering, Top 5, Jobs & Workforce;

Root, Root, Root for the STEM Connections in Baseball

October 27, 2014

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are engaged in a thrilling competition as the World Series heads into the home stretch this week. Savor the final innings even more by exploring the STEM connections to the game.

Tags: science, technology

STEM Afterschool

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.

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