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Guest Blog: Celebrating 16 Years of Partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative

August 11, 2016

Texas Instruments’ dedication to supporting and improving education dates back to the company’s founding and remains one of our highest philanthropic priorities.

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Rio’s Olympic Athletes Gear Up with STEM Innovations

August 10, 2016

We’re thrilling to the athletic performances so far in the 2016 Rio Olympics. How about you? How do those Olympians shave milliseconds from their performance times or boost their scores? How do they leap from good to great to best in the world?

Tags: technology

New Data: Bridging the Computer Science Access Gap

August 9, 2016

What’s wrong with the following picture? Jobs in computing are widespread, they are multiplying far faster than in other fields, and they pay much more, yet only 22 percent of U.S. 12th-graders say they have ever taken a computer programming class. More than half couldn’t take such a class if they wanted to, because their high schools don’t offer any. Students of color, low-income students, and rural students fare worst of all.   

Tags: computer science, science, education

Education: the Big Issue Few People Are Talking About

August 3, 2016

By some measures, jobs have come roaring back since the recession, but that hasn’t been good news for everyone in the workforce. The plight of tens of millions of Americans who have not shared in the recovery has become a major theme in this turbulent election cycle. 

Tags: jobs & workforce

To Nail the Landing, Olympic Gymnasts Embody Science

August 1, 2016

When gymnasts go to the mats, beams and bars at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, they’ll be judged on their routines, execution and artistry in performing one of the most difficult of all sports. Science explains the physical challenges of gymnastics—and science is helping world-class athletes up their games.

Tags: sports, science

New Study: Lower Teacher Pay Linked to Lower Math Skills

July 27, 2016

If we want better teachers, then we need better incentives to teach. That is one big takeaway from a new study of teachers’ skills in 23 developed nations. Here are the study’s findings in a nutshell:

Tags: math, teachers

STEMtistic on Display: AP Exams for Success

July 26, 2016

Research makes strong connections between college performance and Advanced Placement (AP) test scores. In general, those who do well on AP exams do better in college than those who do not do well on the exams. Hispanic test takers in particular are 28 percent more likely to succeed in college. How's that for closing the achievement gap?

Tags: STEMtistics, minorities

Colorado Partners Bring New Programs into STEMworks

July 25, 2016

Congratulations to five STEM education programs that have distinguished themselves as among the best programs serving Colorado's children and youth! Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) used our rigorous STEMworks application and review process to identify two new programs for STEMworks and strengthen the standing of two others.

Tags: STEMworks

The Notion Behind the Motion

July 20, 2016

When you think of show-stopping ballet dancers like Misty Copeland, you might say their dance moves “defy physics”. So often dancers’ jaw-dropping leaps and innumerable turns look like magic. And just like magic, we wonder in amazement just how they did it! But elite dancers, like all athletes, act as real life demonstrations of the laws of motion. Instead of defying physics, they authenticate it!

How Can You Think and Hit at the Same Time?

July 18, 2016

In the 1955 Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Damn Yankees, a long suffering DC fan makes a pact with the Devil to elevate his beloved team to win the pennant.  Alas, apparently without such a pact, the real-life Washington Nationals have never played in the World Series. But maybe this year will be different--and it will be as a result of STEM!

Tags: science

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