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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

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

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

New CTEq Report: We Can't Leave Americans' Technology and Engineering Literacy to Chance

May 24, 2016

When we in the United States get news that our students bring up the rear in international tests of academic performance, we often console ourselves with the belief that Americans are somehow different. We may not do well on tests, but we're practical problem solvers and innovators who all but invented the modern age.

Tags: technology, engineering, minorities, women & girls

The Bad News and Good News About Technology and Engineering Literacy

May 17, 2016

Some bad education news hit the airwaves today: millions of young people in the United States are not literate in engineering and technology, and that unsettling fact has real implications for the future of our nation. But there’s good news, too: the very fact that we can measure people’s tech and engineering literacy bodes well for the future of testing, and maybe even for the future of teaching.

Tags: technology, engineering, minorities, women & girls

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

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

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