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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

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

Will Low Expectations Undermine New Tests?

March 18, 2016

Two new studies send mixed messages about how well higher state standards and new state tests are changing the equation in preparing young people for college and careers.

Tags: standards

Do Poor Tech Skills Threaten American Innovation?

March 11, 2016

In the United States, we see ourselves as a nation of problem solvers, tinkerers, and inventors who have driven more than a century of technological revolutions from light bulbs to smart phones. Yes, students in most other developed countries leave ours in the dust in subjects like math and science, but we often find comfort in the belief that our special American innovation gene fortifies us against poor performance in school.

And then, every so often, a new international study bursts that bubble.

Tags: computer science, technology

Guest Blog: Brandon Lewis, Project Lead The Way Launch Master Teacher

February 25, 2016

We All Can Be Engineers

Brandon LewisFrom inside the walls of an elementary school, engineering looks very different compared to the rest of the world. My job is to make something that can be very complex seem much simpler.

I’m doing this through PLTW Launch, a K-5 program that creates a hands-on, integrated learning experience that blends computer science, engineering, biomedical science, and more.

Tags: guest blog, engineering

Engineers Week Guest Blog: Marisa Wolsky of Design Squad

February 24, 2016

Marisa Wolsky headshotHow is your program bringing engineering to life for students?

Tags: guest blog, engineering

Engineering Talent Hidden in Plain Sight

February 22, 2016

As the nation kicks off Engineers Week, organizations across the country are celebrating the engineers who have made the world a safer, healthier, more prosperous, and more humane place to live. That is as it should be. It is just as important, however, to acknowledge how the nation is squandering talent that could engineer solutions to our most daunting global challenges.

Tags: engineering, minorities

New STEMworks Programs Will Expand Across the State of Iowa

January 25, 2016

In 2016, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council will bring STEMworks programs to a big chunk of the state’s K-12 enrollment. For the past two years, Change the Equation has helped the Governor’s Council find programs that are most likely to make a difference for young Iowans.

Tags: STEMworks

Talent Hidden in Plain Sight: Addressing the Gaps in Computer Science

December 10, 2015

The fact that African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians are far too scarce in the computing professions is well known. Still, it boggles the mind to consider the enormous price our nation pays in lost innovation and economic growth by leaving so much potential talent on the table.

The fact is that even students of color who perform well in high school aren't entering computer science pathways. For example, tens of thousands excel in math, an important prerequisite for computer science, but less than 5,000 took the computer science Advanced Placement test in 2014:

Off The Grid: The Uncounted Women in Computing

December 8, 2015

Yesterday, we reported that the computer workforce is actually much larger than we thought. Today, we're releasing a stunning new finding about those previously uncounted computer workers: they're much more likely to be women than anyone realized. This fact has profound implications for the future of women in computer science.

Tags: computer science, women & girls, jobs & workforce

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