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Apply Now for New STEM Scale-Up Grants in Iowa

September 1, 2016

If you run a STEM program that could benefit children and youth in the great state of Iowa, then be sure to throw your hat in the ring for the sixth annual Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Scale-Up Program! For the third year running, the Council is using CTEq's STEMworks to vet programs for state funding.

Tags: STEMworks

New Data: High Schoolers Lack Access to Statistics Courses

August 31, 2016

As recently as 2011, “big data” was not very big news. Fast forward five years, and it consistently ranks among business leaders’ top priorities.

Tags: math, jobs & workforce

Maryland, My Maryland

August 26, 2016

Katie Ledecky & Michael PhelpsMany of us were captivated by the athleticism and accomplishments on display in Rio as competitors appeared to defy gravity and human limits. We sat in awe as record after record was broken and, with no small amount of pride, cheered as the medal counts appeared on the screen.  Those of us from Maryland felt special glee about the medal totals: had Maryland participated as a country, it would have earned more gold than all but five nations.

Idaho Uses STEMworks to Fund STEM Professional Development

August 23, 2016

Does your program offer professional development for STEM teachers? Are you ready to help teachers in Idaho? If so, the Idaho STEM Action Center might have a grant for you.

The Idaho STEM Action Center is the latest partner in our efforts to help states identify and expand the nation's best STEM education programs. It will join leading STEM organizations in states like Colorado, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan in using CTEq's rigorous STEMworks review process to find programs that are most likely to make a difference for America's youth.

Tags: STEMworks, teachers

The Hidden Gold in the Olympics? Big Data

August 19, 2016

Helen Maroulis gets emotional over gold medalThere’s nothing like a two-week binge on the Rio Olympics to experience, vicariously, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” in the words of the late sportscaster Jim McKay.

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

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