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We'll put our bets on math

November 7, 2012

Besides President Barack Obama, there was another winner last night. 


Yes, math. While statistical strategy and projection has long been a part of politics -- the Gallup Organization was founded in 1935, when FDR was president, and Kennedy may have lost the popular vote but won electorally in 1960 -- this perhaps was the year that data and numbers moved from an art to a science.

Tags: math

Huzzah! Eight more STEM programs make it into STEMworks

November 6, 2012

Change the Equation just announced that eight more first-rate programs have made it into STEMworks, our searchable database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Programs that applied to STEMworks this time around faced stiff odds: Fewer than one in three made it in.

Tags: STEMworks

Sandy Presents a Chance for STEM

November 5, 2012

As recovery efforts continue in New York, New Jersey, and other areas seriously affected by Hurricane Sandy last week, many are already turning their eyes toward rebuilding efforts. And when rebuilding, STEM can -- and should -- play a key role in building smarter and stronger structures, in preparation for the next storm. 

Sandy already will likely be one of the five costliest storms in history, and so far, more than 100 people have lost their lives. A week later

Women Still Face Pay Gap

November 1, 2012

Last month, an equal pay question in the second presidential debate surprised, and angered, some. But a report released last week by the American Association of University Women shows why the question still has merit.

It's well cited that overall, women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make. But AAUW toke the analysis a step further, controlling for most factors cited in the wage gap -- children, career field, experience level -- by looking only at men and women one year out of college, and comparing within fields. What they found was that

Tags: women & girls, jobs & workforce

The Science of Sandy

October 30, 2012

Over the past few days, the East Coast has been battered by Sandy, a storm that is already breaking records.

Tags: science


October 29, 2012

We regret that we have to cancel our October 30th STEM Salon on the implications of the coming election for STEM learning. With Frankenstorm bearing down on us, the Salon is simply impossible. The best laid plans...

Please stay tuned for future STEM Salons. You can check out our past Salons here:

STEM Skills Might Not Guarantee Success, but They Sure Improve the Odds

October 26, 2012

We often write that skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can open doors, even in a tough economy. That view has sparked a few messages and comments from jobless or underemployed STEM professionals who, ahem, see things differently. While we understand their frustration, we stand by our point.

Tags: Vital Signs, STEM & the states, jobs & workforce

Vital Signs: Women Lose Ground in College Degrees

October 24, 2012

In 2000/01, women earned 33 percent of all college certificates and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM.) In 2008/2009,* they earned 31 percent. That’s hardly the march of progress. At a time when we need more STEM graduates, our Vital Signs reports reveal that half of our population remains largely out of account.

Tags: Vital Signs, women & girls

NY Times features innovative six-year high school

October 22, 2012

Want a good look at the future? It may be inside a high school in Brooklyn. 

Vital Signs: Time for Science Plummets

October 18, 2012

In almost every U.S. state, the time elementary schools spend on science fell—often steeply—after 1994. Advocates for science in schools have long argued that science had become a forgotten stepchild of school reform. Our Vital Signs analysis of the data backs them up.*

So how do we reverse the trend? Hold schools accountable for how well their students do in science. Until very recently, few states did.

Tags: Vital Signs, science, STEM & the states


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