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This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition - What are the odds?

June 20, 2014

We're back this week to take a look at the STEM behind the world's biggest soccer event, the World Cup, where 32 teams are currently vying for a chance to compete for the sport's greatest prize. 

With about a week left in the first round of play, statisticians are showing off their STEM prowess as more and more fans are asking, "What are the odds of my team moving on?" 

Tags: This Day in STEM, math, computer science, STEMtistics

Putting our Rhetoric to the Test

June 17, 2014

For decades, Americans have paid lip service to the need for schools to teach higher-order skills like problem solving and critical thinking. Common Core State Standards in math and English are the nation’s first major effort to turn that rhetoric into reality. We can’t afford to back pedal.

Common Core is bringing one critical fact into very high relief: students have to work much harder to learn higher-order skills than rote skills, and that requires a long-overdue cultural shift from schools, students and teachers alike.

Tags: Common Core

This Month in STEM, World Cup Edition - Brazuca

June 13, 2014

STEM and soccer fans, rejoice!  The World Cup kicked off yesterday in Brazil and the whole globe is tuning in to watch the tournament over the next month.  Soccer enthusiasts are known for their spirited support of their squads and favorite players, but all eyes are on real the star of this World Cup: the ball.

Tags: This Day in STEM, technology, video

Photos from our National STEM Summit

June 12, 2014

Check out the photos from the National STEM Summit and launch of the Commitment to Excellence!

Last month, CTEq members and STEMworks programs gathered in Arlington, Va to discuss their roles in helping students to both achieve and sustain STEM literacy.  The program featured sessions on the business stake in K-12 STEM education, how to sustain positive changes in the state of STEM through effective program

Tags: Commitment to Excellence

"Cosmos" Revives Audiences' Wonder for the Universe & STEM

June 9, 2014

With last night's finale, the "spacetime odyssey" of the newly rebooted Cosmos series has come to an end, but fans of the show won't soon forget the journey.

Tags: science, women & girls, video

This Day in STEM - June 6

June 6, 2014

On this day in 1949, George Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984 was published and provided readers with a radical view of what a technological future could look like in a mere 35 years.  Beyond its political commentary, 1984 created a sensation with its depiction of a world where technology permeated every aspect of society, including inside the dreaming mind.

Tags: This Day in STEM, technology

Featured STEMtistic - Only 18%

May 30, 2014

Women and minorities are historically underrepresented in engineering fields. In particular, though, women face a shortage of opportunities and resources as girls that are critical to establishing the skills, knowledge, and passion to pursue engineering degrees and fulfilling engineering careers.  As a result, only 18 percent of bachelor's degrees in engineering are earned by women.

Tags: STEMtistics, engineering, women & girls

This Day in STEM - May 29

May 29, 2014

With the end of another school year upon us, we here at CTEq are planning our summer adventures.  But our hiking trips, picnics on the beach, and lazy fishing days pale in comparison to the activities of some thrill-seekers.

Tags: This Day in STEM, technology

To Infinity and Beyond

May 28, 2014

Last week, we learned that rocket science isn’t rocket science. That is, it is not an abstract, narrow field reserved for an elite group of devoted brainiacs who don’t get out much. Quite the opposite: it’s one of the coolest fields there is.

Tags: engineering, Commitment to Excellence

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