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At Texas Instruments, Equal Access Supports Makers and Innovators

June 23, 2016

National Week of Making is coming to a close, with maker events in communities nationwide, but not without recognizing the contributions that many Change the Equation companies have made to hands-on, STEM-intensive learning opportunities that have helped to ignite the maker movement.

Tags: science, technology, engineering, math

Guest Blog: For Cognizant, Every Week Is National Week of Making

June 20, 2016

Calling all dreamers and designers, builders and creators! June 17–23 is National Week of Making, and maker enthusiasts all over the country are planning make-a-thons, maker spaces, clinics, workshops and more in their communities. 

Tags: guest blog

Teens: The Unacknowledged Experts in Science Education

June 20, 2016

In education policy circles, we spend so much time talking about young people that we sometimes forget to listen to them. Young people can have critical insights on schools and learning that escape the researchers and policy wonks. As we adults struggle to reform science education, we could stand to learn a great deal from students who, after all, have the most to gain from our efforts.

Tags: science

Fulfilling the Promise of the Maker Movement

June 19, 2016

The Maker Movement has been described as an “entrepreneurial uprising,” and it's not hard to understand why. As makerspaces across the country create easy access to high-tech tools like laser cutters and 3-D printers, anyone with scant capital and ample ideas can invent the next best thing. Anyone, that is, who is truly literate in technology and engineering.

Tags: engineering, technology

Celebrate the National Week of Making!

June 17, 2016

Today marks the first day of the National Week of Making, which "highlight[s] the diversity of Makers big and small, young and old, urban and rural. The Week of Making is an opportunity for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers."

Tags: engineering

STEMtistic on Display: STEM Interest Rising

June 16, 2016

The idea that kids are not interested in STEM seems completely unfounded by ACT's findings. It is up to educators, parents, mentors, and STEM advocates to turn these STEM interested students into career-ready, STEM literate citizens.  

Source: ACT, The Conditions of STEM 2015, 2015. https://www.act.org/stemcondition/15/overview.html

Tags: math, science, education

New Study: High School Grads Can Do Just as Well as College Grads

June 14, 2016

By now, it has become a truism to say that Americans with no education beyond high school have struggled in the new economy. Like many truisms, however, the claim hides as much as it reveals. Yes, most Americans who never made it past high school have suffered from unemployment or low wages, but those with “high credentials” and no college have beaten the odds. The bottom line: you don’t have to go to college to do well later in life, but you do have to take tough, relevant courses.

Tags: jobs & workforce, math, science

STEMtistic on Display: Lonely at the Top

June 9, 2016

As conversations continue on raising standards in schools, it's important to take a critical look at the rate of high-level achievement. The Center for American Progress analyzed 2015 performance on the NAEP exam by state in order to get an idea of those rates. In the end, they found that the number of students considered advanced is at an all-time low for many states. In West Virginia specifically, for example, there are only 610 eight-graders scoring at the advanced level in math.

Tags: math, STEMtistics

New Survey: What Teens Want from Science Education

June 7, 2016

Change the Equation and the Amgen Foundation joined forces to find out what what teens think about science, science class, and the opportunities they have to explore science careers. Here's a summary of what we learned:

Amgen CTEq Science Survey Infographic

Tags: science

A Strong Case for Improving Computer Science Education

June 3, 2016

Jobs in computing will multiply faster than jobs in practically every other sector of the economy, and they already pay much more than jobs in other fields. You’d think this explosive growth would create strong incentives for improving computer science (CS) education in our schools and colleges. If so, you’d be wrong. Unless something changes, many thousands of computer jobs will go begging in the coming decade.

Tags: computer science, technology

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