STEM Salons

Change the Equation's STEM Salons offer discussion around timely topics that impact STEM education. These informal events feature business, education, non-profit, community, and policy leaders who provide invaluable perspectives on STEM and engage the audience in thought-provoking discussions.

June 2015: Does Not Compute

DOES NOT COMPUTE: The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.—and What We Can Do About It explores the surprising lack of tech savvy among American Millennials, balanced against some of the most effective technology education solutions for school-age young people. Dr. Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Meeta Sharma-Holt, Techbridge; and Blair Blackwell, Chevron joined Change the Equation CEO Linda Rosen for a series of fast-paced and insightful conversations about what’s “working” to build quality technology skills in our nation’s young people.

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February 2014: Engineering Emergency

In celebration of National Engineers Week, CTEq hosted guests on Capitol Hill to discuss its latest data release, Engineering Emergency: African Americans and Hispanics Still Lack Pathways to Engineering. Panelists Gayle Gibson (DuPont); Robert Curbeam Jr. (Raytheon Company); and Yannis Miaoulis (Museum of Science, Boston) discuss the challenges and solutions to encouraging minority students to explore engineering career opportunities.

December 2013 – Women in Computer Science

Change the Equation welcomes Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code); Allyson Knox (Microsoft); and Alison Derbenwick Miller (Oracle) to discuss the gender gap in computing as part of Computer Science Education Week 2013. This STEM Salon focuses on CTEq's latest Vital Sign brief, Half Empty: As Men Surge Back into Computing, Women Are Left Behind, which outlines issues impacting the talent pipeline for women and girls.

October 2013 – Are Career and College-Ready the Same Thing?

Are career and college-ready the same thing?  "College and career ready" has been a buzz phrase in education reform, but what does it mean? On October 1, 2013, CTEq convened a discussion on the promise of Career and Technical Education in an era of rising academic standards, featuring Kate Blosveren Kreamer of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium; Amy Loyd of Pathways to Prosperity; and Rob Vallentine of The Dow Chemical Company.