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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

What Kind of Math Education Does Your Child's Teacher Have?

November 9, 2015

Sad to say, in the United States, fewer than one third of the eighth-graders have teachers who majored in mathematics!

Can you guess which state ranks lowest in this measure? Take our quiz:

Tags: math, teachers

Can Arizona Seize the Future?

October 13, 2015

At a meeting of Arizona business leaders and other funders last week, a small group of Phoenix-area students stole the show. They described how participating in some of the nation's best STEM education programs--such as Project Lead the Way, FIRST Robotics, and Engineering is Elementary--had sparked their passion for STEM and changed their lives.

Tags: STEMworks, jobs & workforce

What are the top and bottom five states for minorities in computing?

September 18, 2015

By now, it’s well known that our tech economy has a diversity problem. As tech jobs soar and the nation grows much more diverse, the scarcity of minorities in computing is raising fears of talent shortages and economic stagnation. Yet some states seem much closer than others to cracking the diversity code—and the winners of the tech diversity challenge are not the states we usually credit with driving the tech economy.

Tags: technology, minorities, Top 5

Redesigned Vital Signs: a Powerful Tool for Making Change

September 10, 2015

Since 2012, CTEq’s Vital Signs tool has been the go-to place for information and data on the state of STEM education where you live and work. But we’ve taken things up a notch. Today, we mark the launch of a much more powerful and user-friendly Vital Signs with rich new data, a beautiful new look, and—most important—a new focus on solutions to the many challenges in STEM education that the data highlights.

Tags: Vital Signs, STEMworks

Check Out Our New STEMworks Programs!

July 22, 2015

When we sent out a call for applications to STEMworks, our honor role of the nation's top STEM education programs, who knew we would end up with such an embarassement of riches? This year, eleven--count 'em, eleven--programs made it over our high bar. Roughly twice as many didn't, but we feel very lucky to promote this new bumper crop of programs that are changing young people's lives.

Tags: STEMworks

Does Not Compute: Millennials Aren't Tech Savvy

June 11, 2015

Just because millennials are glued to their tech devices doesn’t mean they know how to use them well. They may know how to take selfies, surf the web, or keep up with their social networks, but "Does Not Compute," a new research brief we are releasing today, reveals that most have a hard time solving problems using technology. That’s bad news, because technology won’t add much to the human equation if we can’t use it to solve problems.

Tags: technology, jobs & workforce

Where are the young STEM workers?

February 27, 2015

If you’d rather not move into your parents’ basement after you finish college, a degree in a STEM subject like computing or engineering is a pretty good bet. CTEq research reveals that, between 2011 and 2014, unemployment among recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees or higher in computing was just 4.5 percent. Among newly-minted engineers: only 2.2 percent.  In non-STEM fields, by contrast, unemployment for recent grads with bachelor’s or higher stood at 7.0 percent.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

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