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

Does Not Compute: Millennials Aren't Tech Savvy

June 11, 2015

Just because millennials are glued to their tech devices doesn’t mean they know how to use them well. They may know how to take selfies, surf the web, or keep up with their social networks, but "Does Not Compute," a new research brief we are releasing today, reveals that most have a hard time solving problems using technology. That’s bad news, because technology won’t add much to the human equation if we can’t use it to solve problems.

Tags: technology, jobs & workforce

Could Climate Change Spoil Winter Olympics?

June 10, 2015

We may be in the heat of the summer, but our mind has turned to something a little chillier -- the Winter Olympics.  By midcentury, rising temperatures and prolonged droughts could dramatically winnow iconic hosts of the Winter Olympics from future games, scientists warn.

In Vancouver in 2010 and again in Sochi in 2014, balmy weather in February made for slushy, dangerous conditions for skiers, snowboarders, and other athletes. That trend is expected to continue.    

Tags: science

Are Our Children Truly Tech Savvy?

June 9, 2015

Almost four years ago, a video went viral on YouTube showing a baby operating an iPad but struggling to understand what print magazines were for. That baby quickly became an iconic example of the “digital native,” a person who has grown up with technology the way most of us grow up with our native tongue: we are fluent in a language we cannot remember learning.

Tags: technology, computer science

Guest Blog: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander R. Khachatryan of Reasoning Mind

June 4, 2015

How has being in STEMworks changed the way your program works?
Change the Equation has already become an invaluable partner in furthering our mission. Our inclusion in the database has increased our visibility and helped us form new partnerships with leaders across the corporate, philanthropic, and education fields.

Tags: STEMworks, guest blog

Hungry? There's STEM For That

June 3, 2015

Science and cooking go hand in hand. The blog Serious Eats has mastered the art of unraveling the mysteries of home cooking through science in its Food Lab segment.

Tags: science

STEMtistics on Display: STEM Generates Jobs

June 2, 2015

The high demand for STEM jobs is no secret, but did you also know that STEM generates jobs? For every one job in the high-tech sector that is filled, we witness a phenomenon known as a multiplier effect. By pumping more resources, or job hires, into the tech industry we generate 4.3 more jobs in local goods and service industries -- that’s at least 4.3 more reasons to invest in STEM!

Tags: STEMtistics, jobs & workforce

Start with STEM: Work-Based Learning

June 2, 2015

Businesses in every industry need workers with strong STEM skills, but employers often struggle to find them. One critical way to help bridge the STEM skills gap: supporting work-based learning opportunities for students during the K-12 years. Our new Work-Based Learning: An Employer's Guide is aimed at helping employers understand the ins and outs of work-based learning—and how to make it successful for businesses and students alike.

Tags: Start with STEM, jobs & workforce

Science and the Stanley Cup

June 1, 2015

The unofficial start of summer is behind us, but hockey fans who can never get enough ice time can look forward to the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup finals into June.

STEM-thusiasts can double the pleasure, impress friends and impart wisdom by learning a bit about the science of hockey. Check out this Exploratorium website, which covers seven scientific aspects of hockey and questions with scientific explanations: 

Tags: science


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