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Happy Birthday, Sally!

May 26, 2015

Today’s Google Doodle holds a special place in our heart -- it’s in remembrance of Sally Ride and her incredible achievements. Today, she would have been 64 years old. She was especially important to CTEq, as a founding CTEq board member in 2010.

Tags: women & girls, This Day in STEM

STEMtistics on Display: Latinos Lag in Computing

May 22, 2015

We live in a digital world, yet computer science isn’t considered a core subject in most U.S. K-12 schools. So, it’s not surprising that employers are having difficulty filling computer science positions. We especially have to focus on students of color and those from low-income groups.

Tags: STEMtistics, computer science, minorities

Grit in a Philadelphia Classroom

May 20, 2015

The concept of “grit” in the classroom isn’t novel, but this Washington Post article really made me reflect on my past teaching experience. The author argues that grit isn’t necessarily a good thing in an inner city classroom because socioeconomic factors are often omitted from the discussion.

Tags: teachers, math

STEMtistics on Display: A Weak Start in Science

May 19, 2015

Teachers are lacking the tools and resources they need to adequately teach science, particularly in urban school districts. “Elementary teachers are much more confident in their ability to teach mathematics than in their ability to teach science,” noted the National Science Foundation.

Tags: STEMtistics, teachers, science

Vote for STEMworks

May 14, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 2015 Teaching and Learning Public Choice Award nominees have recently been announced, and now’s your chance to cast your vote and be heard. Award winners will be published on the showcase website and will be broadly recognized by NSF and in the STEM community.  More than 120 presenters and 30-plus facilitators are showcasing their innovative NSF-funded projects to improve STEM in hopes of capturing this honor.

Tags: STEMworks

STEMtistic on Display: Squandering Minority Talent

May 12, 2015

By the year 2020, minority students in the U.S. will outnumber whites, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Minority groups have historically had access to less educational resources and their talent, in many cases, continues to be untapped. We know that all children, regardless of race, can thrive in STEM classes.

Tags: STEMtistics, minorities

Guest Blog: Janet Foutty of Deloitte

May 7, 2015

What first sparked your interest in STEM?

Tags: guest blog, women & girls, Start with STEM

Supporting Great Teaching

May 6, 2015

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we can’t think of a group more deserving. Now more than ever, teachers are required to grasp new, more complex standards and are held responsible for students’ mastery of them. Yet, the training and resources provided to them has barely budged. We know from our Vital Signs research that many eighth grade math and science teachers say they lack the resources they need.

Tags: STEMworks, teachers

STEMtistic on Display: U.S. Girls Lag Behind

May 4, 2015

An international test given by OECD found that cultural forces are keeping U.S. girls away from scientific careers. High school girls consistently outscored boys science exams in Asia and northern Europe, yet the opposite was true in the U.S., where boys scored 2.7 percent better than girls.

Tags: STEMtistics, women & girls, science

Horse Science: Let the Race Begin

April 29, 2015

Jockeys and horses take to the track this Saturday for the Kentucky Derby, which is often called the “most exciting two minutes in sports.” Each year, 20 horses run in the Derby -- and on to a chance at the Triple Crown. The winners of all the major prep races are expected to start this year, so we’re in for an exciting race. What makes a Derby winner, you might ask? Bet you couldn’t have guessed that there’s a STEM answer to that . . . so, let’s look into the science behind horse racing.

Tags: science

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