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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

Congratulations Are in Order

June 29, 2015

Our very own Craig R. Barrett, chair of the CTEq Board of Directors, and retired chairman and CEO of Intel, has been named to the STEM Leadership Hall of Fame and will be honored tomorrow at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference.

Summer's Here - Splash into Science

June 25, 2015

It’s officially the first week of summer and we’re feeling the heat! For many Americans, the beach and pool are favorite getaways. Seriously, there’s nothing like frolicking in cool water on a hot summer day. But, did you know that there’s a ton of science involved in even the most relaxing aquatic activities?

Tags: science

STEMtistic on Display: Last in Numeracy

June 23, 2015

Considering the information we recently released in Does Not Compute, this week’s new STEMtistic isn’t shocking –- but it is troubling. Our nation was ranked last place in a numeracy test given to adults age 16-24. If ever there was a time to invest in STEM, and programs like those in STEMworks, it’s now. 

Tags: math, STEMtistics

Avoiding the Summer STEM Slide

June 23, 2015

STEM advocates pour a boatload of time and talent into improving K–12 STEM learning. For many students, however, learning gains achieved during the school year take a substantial hit during the summer vacation months. Ouch! That cuts into the return on investment for STEM education programs.

We hear a lot about the reading slump that occurs over the summer, when many kids tend to put the books aside. The learning slump is every bit as real in STEM subjects—and some studies indicate that the slump is more pronounced in math than in reading. Here’s a sampling of the research:

Tags: science, math, STEMworks

Experiencing Science Outside the Classroom

June 19, 2015

How do we grab our young people’s interest in STEM and, more importantly, hold on to it is a question everyone’s asking. Here at Change the Equation, we believe that “citizen science” may be one answer. Last month, The Washington Post covered a great story about students from a D.C.

Tags: K-12, science

Guest Blog: Ashley Cowall of Booz Allen Hamilton

June 18, 2015

What first sparked your interest in STEM?
As a freshman in high school, I took Drafting to get out of the Arts requirement. I knew I liked math and science, but when the Drafting teacher recruited me on to our FIRST® Robotics Competition team, I was hooked on STEM.

Tags: guest blog, Start with STEM, math

STEMtistic on Display: Dropping Out of STEM

June 16, 2015

Nearly 50 percent of students who don’t take challenging STEM courses in K-12 move away from STEM fields by switching to non-STEM majors. All the more reason why building a strong foundation of STEM experiences in K-12 is paramount to a successful future -- let’s help keep our kids excited and motivated about STEM!

Tags: higher education

Talkin' Tech Savvy

June 12, 2015

This week, we released our new report, Does Not Compute: The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.—and What We Can Do About It, which explores the surprising lack of tech savvy among American millennials and highlights some of the most effective K-12 technology education solutions.

Tags: technology, STEMworks

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