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The momentum for improving U.S. STEM capabilities is building, with opinion leaders and editorial boards opining in support of reform and newsrooms writing about it across the country.

Read these opinions, the latest news coverage and news from TAP in this section.


Editorial and Op-ed Support

September 06, 2017 — eSchool News (Opinion) — “The 2 stages of successful early STEM education”
I have been in education for 18 years and my strongest belief is that all children deserve a fresh start when they begin each school year. The purpose of my position as an Academic Technology Specialist is to help teachers feel comfortable embedding new technology into their classrooms. … With the ever-changing best practices and new technology in education, I always try to update and adjust my own learning. … our school gradually introduces STEM concepts, and coding in particular, to students as they progress through each grade level. We emphasize two learning stages to build fluid STEM integration from kindergarten to 4th grade.

August 17, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report (Opinion) — “Op-Ed: Is the Investment in STEM Education Paying Off?”
For more than two decades there has been a hefty investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States. There is no question that this investment has, at the very least, brought the positives derived from better STEM education practices into the national conversation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare a generation of citizens capable of making evidence-based decisions required for the innovative fields that are driving the 21st-century economy. And to that end, the U.S.'s investment is working. However, this commitment will need to continue in order to ensure accessibility to a quality STEM education for all students if the U.S. is to remain globally competitive over the long term.

May 10, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report (Opinion) — “Students Shouldn't Live in STEM Deserts”
More than ever, a high-quality math and science education is the foundation for opportunity … Yet, we as a nation continue with a familiar pattern in which access to high-quality STEM learning is unevenly distributed. Millions of students across the country live in what we call STEM deserts – school communities without access to rigorous and engaging math and science courses. Lack of STEM access is a critical equity issue in education, particularly for students in urban and rural communities, where access to high-level math and science courses is often out of reach. Soon, the impact of students living in STEM deserts will not only be reflected in those students’ high school and college competition rates, but will also take a toll on the country’s technological superiority, its economy and national security.

May 03, 2017 — HuffPost (Opinion) — “Cinco de Mayo: A Major Milestone for Computer Science Education”
Friday, May 5th, as many Americans are celebrating the Mexican holiday with food, drink and friends, an estimated 51K high school students will be sitting down to take the first ever Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP-CSP) exam …The AP-CSP course and exam are the result of nearly ten years of dogged work by hundreds of education advocates, researchers, and high school teachers … The course focuses on computational thinking and problem solving, use of computational tools to analyze and study data, societal implications of computing such as security and privacy, and is unique in its focus on fostering students creativity by using computing to address issues relevant to their lives.

November 17, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report (Opinion) — “To Close Gap in STEM Pipeline, Engage Families”
The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs will grow 17 percent by 2018. And the growth in STEM jobs will be 55 percent faster than non-STEM jobs over the next 10 years. Although such anticipated growth is encouraging since it supports the theory that a thriving STEM workforce is directly linked to the economic prosperity of the United States, there is still concern: as many as 2.4 million STEM jobs could remain unfilled in the nation by that time. Is there a solution to help drive our nation's youth into these fast-growing STEM fields and meet the demand for qualified STEM professionals? According to a new report issued by National PTA, families are the answer.

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News Coverage

January 08, 2018 — The Washington Post — “Expansion of AP computer science courses draws more girls and minorities”
Ten years ago, girls were so scarce in high school computer science classes that the number of female students taking Advanced Placement tests in that subject could be counted on one hand in nine states. In five others, there were none. Latino and African American students were also in short supply, a problem that has bedeviled educators for years and hindered efforts to diversify the high-tech workforce. Now, an expansion of AP computer science classes is helping to draw more girls and underrepresented minorities into a field of growing importance for schools, universities and the economy.

January 04, 2018 — THE Journal — “Siemens STEM Day Recharges STEM Lessons in the Classroom”
Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have rebranded the annual Siemens Science Day, turning it into Siemens STEM Day, an opportunity for schools to promote science, technology, engineering and math activities among teachers and students. Siemens STEM Day resources include hands-on activities, educator support and a "possibility grant" sweepstakes. … STEM Day doesn't take place on a specific day. It's more a promotion of continually available STEM lessons for every K-12 grade band.

December 12, 2017 — Fast Company — “We Need More Women In STEM: The Girl Scouts Want To Help”
The gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is a known and stubborn quandary: While women make up roughly half of the college-educated U.S. workforce, they account for less than 30% of STEM jobs. To fix that, the Girl Scouts hopes to prepare at least 2.5 million girls for potential STEM-related jobs by 2025. That mission includes a new awareness campaign, followed by the expansion of an elementary-school effort called “Think Like a Programmer” to keep girls interested in science and tech as they move on to middle school and high school.

December 12, 2017 — HR Dive — “Improving STEM diversity starts with early learning opportunities”
Improving a field's diversity requires a focus on early learning opportunities, according to some experts. One organization in STEM has implemented that approach with a fair, where elementary school students learn about science by eating bugs and building robots, Inside Tuscon Business reports. The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation outreach program trains educators on how to engage kids with a variety of science disciplines. And the fair, Arizona STEM Adventure, focuses on teaching science to girls, minorities and students in low-income areas. They look to make connections and help students find a passion.

December 04, 2017 — USBE & Information Technology — “Try an Hour of Code for Computer Science Week”
Computer science is the second highest paid college degree, yet the majority of schools in the United States don’t teach computer science and only 40 percent of schools teach computer programming. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, with 71 percent of all new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs in computing, and only 8 percent of STEM graduates in computer science, the STEM problem is in computer science. … Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, says Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org® organizes Computer Science Education Week as a grassroots campaign supported by 350 partners and 100,000 educators. … For the third straight year, Accenture is teaming with Code.org on Hour of Code and other STEM-related educational initiatives. … New this year, Accenture Technology harnessed its internal expertise to create a coding tutorial that gives students a better understanding of artificial intelligence (AI).

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TAP News

May 22, 2013 ITIF Tells the 'Real Story' of America's STEM Workforce
May 06, 2013 High Starting Salaries for STEM Majors Indicate Too Few Graduates to Meet Demand in These Fields
April 26, 2013 'Power and Potential' of STEM on Display at White House Science Fair
August 03, 2012 ‘National Research Universities Are Our Secret Weapons,’ Says Accenture Executive Chairman

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