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STEMtistic on Display: STEM Interest Rising

June 16, 2016

The idea that kids are not interested in STEM seems completely unfounded by ACT's findings. It is up to educators, parents, mentors, and STEM advocates to turn these STEM interested students into career-ready, STEM literate citizens.  

Source: ACT, The Conditions of STEM 2015, 2015. https://www.act.org/stemcondition/15/overview.html

Tags: math, science, education

New Study: High School Grads Can Do Just as Well as College Grads

June 14, 2016

By now, it has become a truism to say that Americans with no education beyond high school have struggled in the new economy. Like many truisms, however, the claim hides as much as it reveals. Yes, most Americans who never made it past high school have suffered from unemployment or low wages, but those with “high credentials” and no college have beaten the odds. The bottom line: you don’t have to go to college to do well later in life, but you do have to take tough, relevant courses.

Tags: jobs & workforce, math, science

STEMtistic on Display: Lonely at the Top

June 9, 2016

As conversations continue on raising standards in schools, it's important to take a critical look at the rate of high-level achievement. The Center for American Progress analyzed 2015 performance on the NAEP exam by state in order to get an idea of those rates. In the end, they found that the number of students considered advanced is at an all-time low for many states. In West Virginia specifically, for example, there are only 610 eight-graders scoring at the advanced level in math.

Tags: math, STEMtistics

New Survey: What Teens Want from Science Education

June 7, 2016

Change the Equation and the Amgen Foundation joined forces to find out what what teens think about science, science class, and the opportunities they have to explore science careers. Here's a summary of what we learned:

Amgen CTEq Science Survey Infographic

Tags: science

A Strong Case for Improving Computer Science Education

June 3, 2016

Jobs in computing will multiply faster than jobs in practically every other sector of the economy, and they already pay much more than jobs in other fields. You’d think this explosive growth would create strong incentives for improving computer science (CS) education in our schools and colleges. If so, you’d be wrong. Unless something changes, many thousands of computer jobs will go begging in the coming decade.

Tags: computer science, technology

STEMtistic on Display: Lacking Confidence in Computer Science

June 2, 2016

As discussed in our latest brief, Left to Chance, students aren't getting adequate technology and engineering exposure in schools. Could the same be true for computer science instruction? Increasing girl's exposure to computer science in school could also increase their confidence.

Tags: STEMtistics

The STEM You Don't See

May 27, 2016

The workplace looks different than it did 50 years ago. I’m sure you’ve noticed. Maybe they replaced your static building directory with a touch-enabled digital display directory or the lights in your copy room go off when no one’s using it. But there are likely other innovations that you haven’t noticed. Maybe your building’s water supplier switched to digital meters that better measure your usage to ensure your bill is accurate.

Tags: science, technology, engineering, math, video

New CTEq Report: We Can't Leave Americans' Technology and Engineering Literacy to Chance

May 24, 2016

When we in the United States get news that our students bring up the rear in international tests of academic performance, we often console ourselves with the belief that Americans are somehow different. We may not do well on tests, but we're practical problem solvers and innovators who all but invented the modern age.

Tags: technology, engineering, minorities, women & girls

STEMtistic on Display: Algebra II Doubles the Odds

May 19, 2016

If you're interested in increasing college readiness for all students, one way is to guarantee access to Algebra II courses during highschool. According to the National Math & Science Initiative, taking Algebra II in highschool makes students 50 percent more likely to finish college and earn four-year degrees.

Tags: math, STEMtistics, K-12, higher education

Games Like Minecraft Strengthen our Future Workforce

May 18, 2016

Throughout the U.S., STEM education advocates work tirelessly to expand quality coding initiatives, provide students with effective STEM mentors, and teach engineering and critical thinking skills. Markus Persson managed to create a video game that does all three as well as teach civic literacy by his 30th birthday! 

Tags: technology, engineering, jobs & workforce

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