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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

November 08, 2017 — The Spectrum — “Economic future more secure when more students care about STEM”
In K-12 education, one acronym has gained a great deal of popularity over the last decade: STEM. It's National STEM Day, and schools across the country are celebrating with events and activities to recognize the importance of STEM education, which emphasizes key subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM is curriculum designed to combine science, technology, engineering, and math into a more integrated approach to education by using real-world applications. … According to the U.S. Department of Education's estimation of the projected percentage increases in STEM jobs through 2020, innovative careers such as software development, medical science, and computer systems analysis will increase exponentially. … The amount of American students who pursue expertise in STEM career fields has risen since the Obama Administration's initial push for STEM-based education. ... Now, according to ACT, nearly half of the 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT test in 2016 expressed interest in STEM careers.

October 24, 2017 — Education DIVE — “Policymakers, education organizations increase focus on STEM graduates in the workforce”
Both policymakers and educational organizations are increasingly investing resources in building out the STEM graduate to industry pathway. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announed this week a new initiative to double the number of CUNY graduates with tech-related bachelor's degrees by 2022 and with $20 million worth of investment ... Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, explains the investments are necessary to fill needs in the workforce while advancing students. "This new initiative opens the door for more New Yorkers to enter quality, well-paying careers in the tech sector while helping local companies find the home-grown talent they need to build their businesses," he said.

October 19, 2017 — EdTech Magazine — “Thanks to Makerspaces, Rural Schools Can Teach STEM Skills Too”
While rural schools are often struggling with digital equity issues — from Wi-Fi outside of school to adequate technology-related professional development for teachers — they can still embrace innovative technologies with a few tweaks. With 9 million students enrolled in rural school districts, organizations such as Future Ready Schools have stepped up to outline plans so those students don’t get left behind from trends like personalized learning. Some school districts are finding that those same 9 million students are perfectly suited for a “maker mindset” and makerspaces at their schools can be a one-two punch of offering up science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and helping communities. … eSchool News urges that makerspaces can be as high-tech or low-tech as schools need them to be. What’s key is that schools are offering a safe space for creativity and collaboration.

September 14, 2017 — Product Design and Development — “Using Virtual Reality, Artificial Limbs to ‘CONVEY’ the Power of STEM”
Addressing a crowd of middle- and high-school students, the former U.S. Army Soldier discussed how he lost his arm and leg to combat-related injuries—describing the challenges of using prosthetic limbs … This poignant moment underscored the human element of a series of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops recently held by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) … Johns Hopkins APL created CONVEY [Connecting STEM Outreach Now Using VIE Education for Youth] through its STEM program to educate children about prosthetic limbs—using virtual- and augmented-reality technology—and spark an interest in future STEM careers...“Our objective is to use the virtual training platform to enhance each child’s understanding of how STEM concepts and products are being used to enable personal independence, mobility and human interaction for their loved ones,” said Dwight Carr, who manages the Johns Hopkins APL STEM program.

August 23, 2017 — CNBC — “The US has a shortage of tech workers. Here's how kids and schools can solve the problem”
The U.S. has a shortage of tech workers and it's up to schools and the upcoming generation of workers to help solve the problem, according to a recent study. Staffing and consulting firm Randstad North America recently performed a survey among 1,000 11- to 17-year-old students and found there's a misunderstanding of what STEM jobs are available. That, in turn, is making fewer kids and young adults interested in pursuing the field as a career later in life.

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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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