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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

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

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