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Inspiring the Next Generation of STEMthusiasts

March 4, 2015

Last week we saw this article proposing an awards show that spotlights scientists in a way that’s as big as the Oscars. The author argues for a science awards show grand in stature, which would present awards to the top five to 10 breakthroughs in science. Sounds promising, doesn’t it? We thought so too.  But the reality is that it’s unlikely an award show will be enough to inspire young people about STEM.

Tags: STEM Salon, Vital Signs, video

Where are the young STEM workers?

February 27, 2015

If you’d rather not move into your parents’ basement after you finish college, a degree in a STEM subject like computing or engineering is a pretty good bet. CTEq research reveals that, between 2011 and 2014, unemployment among recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees or higher in computing was just 4.5 percent. Among newly-minted engineers: only 2.2 percent.  In non-STEM fields, by contrast, unemployment for recent grads with bachelor’s or higher stood at 7.0 percent.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

Young? Ambitious? Go into Manufacturing!

February 26, 2015

Manufacturing doesn’t leap to mind as an industry that attracts young people. Yet recent workforce data show that advanced manufacturing, which requires strong STEM skills, has become a magnet for young workers just starting out in their careers. This might point to a bright future for this maker industry—presuming a troubling lack of workforce diversity doesn’t stunt its growth. 

Tags: jobs & workforce

Healthcare, the Lost STEM Workforce Discussion

February 25, 2015

STEM advocates beat the drums for more engineering and computer science talent, but the demand for STEM-savvy professionals in health care often fails to make it into the STEM discussion. Yet the healthcare industry is suffering from much—and perhaps more—of the talent shortage touted in other fields.

Tags: jobs & workforce

Tapping Into Hidden Talent

February 24, 2015

Change the Equation is excited to release ‘Solving the Diversity Dilemma’ our new Vital Signs brief. With generous support from CTEq member company Northrop Grumman, the brief proposes solutions to the critical and worsening lack of diversity in the STEM workforce.

Tags: Vital Signs, jobs & workforce, minorities, women & girls

STEM Behind-the-Scenes in the Film Industry

February 20, 2015

On Sunday, glamorous celebrities will vamp on the red carpet and a happy few will take home the ultimate bling—a gold statuette for an Oscar-winning performance. 

Tags: engineering, technology

Bachelor’s Degrees in Statistics Soar

February 19, 2015

Take a deep breath, the need for an increased statistician pipeline has begun to come to fruition. In today’s data-heavy world, data and numerical reasoning help drive decision-making. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for statisticians will increase 27 percent by 2022, easily outpacing the projected 11 percent growth rate for all other fields.

Tags: jobs & workforce, STEM degrees, math

More Exciting STEMworks Programs

February 18, 2015

In case you haven’t heard, STEMworks is the go-to resource for finding and investing in the nation’s leading STEM education programs. STEMworks identifies programs that have the evidence to back up their claims to success. Each program has been independently vetted and cleared a high bar for quality. And now we’ve added a fresh batch of great programs through our partnerships with critical STEM organizations in Arizona and Iowa.

Tags: STEMworks

Guest Blog: A Conversation with Dr. Christine M. Cunningham of Engineering is Elementary

February 5, 2015

How has being in STEMworks changed the way your program works?

Tags: guest blog, STEMworks, engineering

Addressing the STEM Need in Our Latest Newsletter

February 4, 2015

Our January 2015 Newsletter on the rising demand for a STEM workforce is now online!  This month, our own Linda Rosen along with Dax Craig, CEO of Valen Analytics, tackle the issue head on in their piece for the insurance industry publication Carr

Tags: guest blog, jobs & workforce, K-12

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