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Will Low Expectations Undermine New Tests?

March 18, 2016

Two new studies send mixed messages about how well higher state standards and new state tests are changing the equation in preparing young people for college and careers.

Tags: standards

Do Poor Tech Skills Threaten American Innovation?

March 11, 2016

In the United States, we see ourselves as a nation of problem solvers, tinkerers, and inventors who have driven more than a century of technological revolutions from light bulbs to smart phones. Yes, students in most other developed countries leave ours in the dust in subjects like math and science, but we often find comfort in the belief that our special American innovation gene fortifies us against poor performance in school.

And then, every so often, a new international study bursts that bubble.

Tags: computer science, technology

Six STEM Companies with the Most Female Executives

March 8, 2016

Some companies understand the importance of having women in leadership roles—especially in STEM fields. The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) makes a yearly assessment of those companies that put intentional and concerted effort into building, promoting, and retaining female leaders. Today is International Women’s Day! So what better way to celebrate than to look at the six STEM companies (that also happen to be members!) where female talent dominates at the c-suite executive level?

Tags: women & girls, jobs & workforce

An Untapped Market for STEM Workers

March 3, 2016

Photo Credit to The Arc of VAThere is talk often of a nationwide shortage of STEM workers. But historically, STEM fields also faced challenges representing our country’s diversity when it comes to women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and people with disabilities. Tackling two problems with one solution, Specialisterne USA hopes to secure 100,000 future jobs for special needs STEM workers in the U.S.

Tags: jobs & workforce, diversity, special needs

Guest Blog: Brandon Lewis, Project Lead The Way Launch Master Teacher

February 25, 2016

We All Can Be Engineers

Brandon LewisFrom inside the walls of an elementary school, engineering looks very different compared to the rest of the world. My job is to make something that can be very complex seem much simpler.

I’m doing this through PLTW Launch, a K-5 program that creates a hands-on, integrated learning experience that blends computer science, engineering, biomedical science, and more.

Tags: guest blog, engineering

Engineers Week Guest Blog: Marisa Wolsky of Design Squad

February 24, 2016

Marisa Wolsky headshotHow is your program bringing engineering to life for students?

Tags: guest blog, engineering

Engineering Talent Hidden in Plain Sight

February 22, 2016

As the nation kicks off Engineers Week, organizations across the country are celebrating the engineers who have made the world a safer, healthier, more prosperous, and more humane place to live. That is as it should be. It is just as important, however, to acknowledge how the nation is squandering talent that could engineer solutions to our most daunting global challenges.

Tags: engineering, minorities

Guest Blog: E.K. Ellington Scott

February 8, 2016

Tell us a little about yourself…how did you get your STEM start?
My exploration into STEM started with my childhood fascination with Leonardo da Vinci. I studied his technical sketches as if they were my own. His was the first mind I studied to forge the connection between the arts and STEM. Leonardo da Vinci’s imagination even led to the invention of musical instruments, many of which have been built and explored in today’s music.

Tags: guest blog, engineering

Three Predictions for the Future of Sports

February 5, 2016

As detailed in GeekWire’s article on Intel’s commitment to advancing sports technology, STEM provides a plethora of untapped opportunities to bring the world of sports into The Digital Age. Intel recently doubled its investment in sports technology and we have a feeling they won’t be alone.

Tags: technology, science

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