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Guest Blog: Dr. Jaime Curtis-Fisk of Dow Chemical Company

April 23, 2015

What first sparked your interest in STEM?

Tags: guest blog, women & girls, science

Celebrating Earth Day the STEM Way!

April 22, 2015

Today we celebrate 45 years of Earth Day. Started as a grassroots movement, people from across the country gathered to support the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of several environmental protection acts. These politically-driven demonstrations raised public awareness about pollution.

Tags: science

STEMtistic on Display: Girls Less Interested in Math

April 21, 2015

Last week's STEMtistic pointed out that girls are more likely than boys to take tougher courses -- amazing news, right? Then, how do we account for the lack of women in STEM? A recent study capturing students’ interest helps answer this question. Fifty percent of male high school graduates said math was one of their favorite subjects, compared to just 43 percent of female high school graduates.

Tags: STEMtistics, math, women & girls

Find Happiness in STEM Moments

April 15, 2015

A recent article on the science of happiness, which talks about the value of experiences versus possessions, really got us thinking. The author presents research that disproves the assumption that physical objects will make us happier than one-off experiences because they last longer.

Tags: STEMworks, K-12

STEMtistic on Display: Girls Take Tougher Courses

April 14, 2015

We saw this article on the three STEM fields that are disproportionately female, which got us thinking about our latest STEMtistc. Girls are more likely than boys to earn credits in Algebra II, precalculus, advanced biology, chemistry, and health science. Let’s rally behind other STEM fields that have the potential to diversify the workforce -- there’s certainly a pool of untapped talent.

Tags: women & girls, K-12, STEMtistics

Guest Blog: Dr. Georgia Koutrika of Hewlett-Packard

April 9, 2015

What first sparked your interest in STEM?

Tags: Start with STEM, guest blog, computer science

Get Ready for Robotics

April 8, 2015

We’re excited to see robots -- and, not just the ones from the Jetsons. National Robotics Week, which started last weekend and will run through April 12, is the official celebration of all things automated.

Tags: STEMworks

STEMtistic on Display: STEM Skills Boost the Economy

April 7, 2015

As we continue to fight our way back from the Great Recession, it’s important to remember just how critical STEM skills are to the nation’s future prosperity. In fact, the U.S. would gain an extra $2.5 trillion in Gross Domestic Product between now and 2050 if its students scored at the international average on math and science tests. 

Tags: math, science, jobs & workforce, STEMtistics

BREAKING: Gravity’s All in Your Head

April 1, 2015

Every time you toss a ball, you experience gravity. It pulls the ball back down to the ground. Without gravity, the ball would float off into the atmosphere. Gravity is such a constant presence in our lives, we seldom marvel at the mystery of it. It’s considered a natural phenomenon, an observable event which is not manmade -- sunrise, weather, and earthquakes are similar occurrences. But now we’re learning that gravity is actually just all in your head.

No, STEM Is Not a “Dangerous Obsession!”

March 31, 2015

In last Thursday’s Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria erects, and then topples, an elaborate straw man. STEM, he claims, has become a “dangerous obsession” in the United States, because it elevates “narrow curriculum” and mere “technical training” over “broad-based learning.”  Zakaria seems to think STEM education is something akin to nineteenth-century vocational training. He needs to get out more!

Tags: technology, math, science, engineering

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