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STEMtistic on Display: Tough Classes Pay Off

July 22, 2015

Being a successful in your STEM major requires a strong K-12 foundation in science and math. We’re seeing a disappointing number of unprepared college freshmen who get discouraged and end up switching out of STEM majors. Giving kids a good start in STEM is the answer –  let’s make it happen. 

Tags: math, higher education, STEMtistic

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

STEM in the Summer: Hot Three Planetariums

July 20, 2015

Interested in checking out cool STEM sights with your family this summer? We’re kicking off a “hot three” STEM series to help avoid the Summer STEM slide -- the learning slump that occurs over the summer when many kids put the books aside –- and have a little fun along the way. This week, we’ll take a look at three of the hottest planetariums around so you can get your space STEM on!

Tags: science

Will New Hiring Practices Alone Solve Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem?

July 17, 2015

A bracing story on the lack of diversity in the tech workforce in today’s Washington Post risks creating a false choice for the nation’s employers.

Tags: technology, computer science, minorities

New Horizons for Women in STEM

July 15, 2015

The biggest story in STEM this year (so far) was yesterday's New Horizons Pluto Flyby -- and boy was it a doozie! In case you missed it, the New Horizons spacecraft came within 7,800 miles of the erstwhile planet after traveling nine years and 3 billion miles from earth. Not only that, but the craft beamed back a photo at the speed of light (which took four and a half hours to reach us) which shows us the best view of Pluto yet.

Tags: science, engineering, women & girls

STEMtistic on Display: Women Leave STEM Majors

July 14, 2015

Women are just as capable of success in technology as men, yet we continue to see a lack of women in the tech workforce. In fact, women have seen no improvement in STEM since 2001. Encouraging women to stay in STEM has to start in K-12, so let’s seed the change now.

Tags: women & girls, higher education

STEMtistic on Display: Encouraging Girls

July 7, 2015

Closing the gender gap in STEM starts with supporting the teachers of our future STEMthusiasts. Too many elementary teachers feel they lack the resources and professional development to help encourage girls to participate in science. We can empower girls by empowering teachers. 

Tags: science, teachers, STEMtistics

Fourth of July, Fireworks, & STEM

July 1, 2015

Grab your lawn chairs, hot dogs, watermelon, and scout a great spot to view the fireworks -- the Fourth of July is nearly here! Red, white, and blue sparkles will illuminate the sky as we stare in amazement. Did you ever wonder how do fireworks get their colors? We’ve got a STEM answer for that.

Tags: science

The Power of Partnerships: From the Classroom to the Boardroom

June 30, 2015

For today’s students, forging a path from the classroom to the boardroom requires much more than tireless focus and persistent passion. More than ever before, students need opportunities to learn real-world, hands-on skills from actual STEM professionals—whether in afterschool programs or true work-based learning opportunities. Increasingly, it is these kinds of opportunities that help young people develop the important skills they need to climb the corporate ladder—like problem solving, analytical thinking, and a willingness to innovate and experiment, even through failure.

Tags: STEMworks

STEMtistic on Display: Novice Science Teachers

June 30, 2015

Novice teachers often lack the resources and professional development to catapult their teaching strategies -- particularly in high-poverty schools. We know that educators, specifically STEM teachers, need our support. Investing in quality STEMworks programs focused on teacher professional development is a great place to start.

Tags: science, teachers, STEMtistics

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