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Talent Hidden in Plain Sight: Addressing the Gaps in Computer Science

December 10, 2015

The fact that African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians are far too scarce in the computing professions is well known. Still, it boggles the mind to consider the enormous price our nation pays in lost innovation and economic growth by leaving so much potential talent on the table.

The fact is that even students of color who perform well in high school aren't entering computer science pathways. For example, tens of thousands excel in math, an important prerequisite for computer science, but less than 5,000 took the computer science Advanced Placement test in 2014:

Off The Grid: The Uncounted Women in Computing

December 8, 2015

Yesterday, we reported that the computer workforce is actually much larger than we thought. Today, we're releasing a stunning new finding about those previously uncounted computer workers: they're much more likely to be women than anyone realized. This fact has profound implications for the future of women in computer science.

Tags: computer science, women & girls, jobs & workforce

The Hidden Half

December 7, 2015

As we kick off Computer Science Education Week, you may be surprised to learn that nearly DOUBLE the number of workers use computing than originally thought.  Our new research infographic shows that 7.7 million people use complex computing in their jobs -- that's 3.9 million more than the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports. We examined a major international dataset that looks past job titles to see what skills people actually use on the job.

Tags: computer science, jobs & workforce

Science Wars

December 7, 2015

What is perhaps the biggest movie release of the year is coming next week and everyone is getting in the spirit.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out on December 17, and movie buffs and space fanatics alike will be lined up to catch the new release.  And we're getting into the spirit, too. We stumbled across a great video called Science Wars, an acapella parody, asking the musical question, "Which field is best?"

Tags: science

STEMtistic on Display: Making Gains in Math

November 24, 2015

There are good things to celebrate in STEM, and the gains made by Latino students are chief among them. The percentage of Latino students who lack basic math skills has fallen significantly since 1992.

Tags: STEMtistics, math, minorities

STEM at the Thanksgiving Table

November 23, 2015

Arguably the best food holiday of the year is nearly upon us. Our stomachs are gurgling with anticipation of all the turkey, mashed potatoes, and other treats that will grace our tables this Thursday. But we couldn't let the holiday pass us by without diving into the STEM behind the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

STEMtistic on Display: Middle-skill Tech Jobs Multiply

November 17, 2015

It’s no secret that tech pays off. In fact, middle skill jobs in tech are growing significantly faster than those that don’t require tech skills. With Computer Science Education Week just around the corner, now might be just the right time to start developing your tech skills.

Tags: STEMtistics, technology

Teaching STEM Effectively

November 16, 2015

Many students in schools across America are currently faced with STEM teachers who lack the knowledge and resources needed to teach their students effectively. According to data from the U.S.

Guest Blog: Andrea Kimberlin, Miss Kentucky International 2016

November 12, 2015

How did you first discover your interest in STEM?

Tags: guest blog, technology

What Kind of Math Education Does Your Child's Teacher Have?

November 9, 2015

Sad to say, in the United States, fewer than one third of the eighth-graders have teachers who majored in mathematics!

Can you guess which state ranks lowest in this measure? Take our quiz:

Tags: math, teachers

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