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Top 5 Cities for Minorities in Computing

December 10, 2014

With Computer Science Education Week in full swing, it’s a good time to take stock of the future of computing in this country. Black, Latino, and Native Americans comprise 29 percent of the U.S. working-age population but only 15 percent of computer professionals. As the tech economy continues to skyrocket, and minorities head towards majority status by 2050, that’s a recipe for squandering human potential and slowing innovation.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, technology, computer science

Check Out These Promising Programs in STEM!

December 9, 2014

You already know STEMworks as the go-to source for the most effective STEM education programs. (In fact, President Obama even gave us a shout-out about two weeks ago.) Today, STEMworks expanded its reach to celebrate the next generation of programs that will make a big difference for American young people. We call them "Promising Programs."

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It's Your Turn to Show Us Your STEM!

December 5, 2014

We here at Change the Equation love STEM.  We pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe it. We may have mentioned that a time or two.  But besides loving it, we also know how critical STEM literacy is for the future -- of our young people, our workforce, our country's innovation (we may have mentioned this in the past, too). But now it's your turn! And that's why we want you to Show Us Your STEM.  

The Skills Gap Is Real

December 3, 2014

In a new survey released today by CTEq and the Business Roundtable, CEOs of major companies make clear that the shortage of skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is very real. They should know. The success of their companies depends in large part on their ability to find skilled employees who can help keep their companies on the cutting edge in a competitive global economy.

The survey's major findings are troubling:

Tags: jobs & workforce

The Top Five Cities for Green Jobs

November 13, 2014

If you think green jobs are a fad, think again. While so many other occupations have been roiled by the boom and bust cycles since 2001, green jobs seem to prove the adage that “slow and steady wins the race.” They haven’t seen spectacular gains or dizzying losses from one year to the next, but their long-term growth has been impressive. The number of green jobs has risen more than 16 percent since 2001, three times faster than jobs overall.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce

Election Predictions: Finding the Signals in the Noise

November 4, 2014

Political junkies will be tuning in tonight for the results of the midterm elections. Will the pollsters and prognosticators be taking a victory lap, or will they have egg on their faces? Thanks to the application of STEM know-how to track voter preferences and behaviors, election predictions are becoming more sophisticated and accurate. Check out the STEM connections to political predictions—after you cast your ballot in the Senate, House and gubernatorial matchups, of course.

Get your STEM program in STEMworks!

November 3, 2014

If you know a great STEM education program, now is the time to tell them about STEMworks. Now through December 12, programs can apply to be in STEMworks, the nation's leading resource for identifying excellent STEM education programs. And, if your program is active in Iowa, it may have a singular opportunity to reach thousands more young people in the state.

Tags: STEMworks, STEM & the states

Top 5 Cities for New Engineering Jobs

October 28, 2014

Like almost everything else, engineering jobs took a hit in the recession, but they’ve been coming back strong. Earlier this year, a CTEq analysis of federal data showed that the unemployment rate for recent engineering graduates was a mere 2.2 percent from 2011 to 2014. Compare that to almost 7.0 percent for recent bachelor’s degree holders overall.

Tags: engineering, Top 5, Jobs & Workforce;

Root, Root, Root for the STEM Connections in Baseball

October 27, 2014

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are engaged in a thrilling competition as the World Series heads into the home stretch this week. Savor the final innings even more by exploring the STEM connections to the game.

Tags: science, technology

STEM Afterschool

October 23, 2014

Afterschool STEM Programs Are in Demand

When the school day ends, nearly one in four families and 18 percent of children rely on afterschool programs to provide a safe and secure environment and inspire learning, according to a new report, America After 3PM.

Tags: science, technology, women & girls, engineering

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