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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.

March 28, 2017 — CNN  — “Ivanka Trump to take summer coding class with daughter”
Ivanka Trump revealed Tuesday she’s going back to school. Speaking to middle school students at an event encouraging young women to pursue STEM education, Trump said she and her 5-year-old daughter will take a coding class together this summer. “As a mom, I am trying to do my part, as well. My daughter, Arabella, and I are enrolling in a coding class this summer,” Trump said at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. “We’re excited to learn this incredibly important new language together. Coding truly is the language of the future.”

March 20, 2017 — THE Journal  — “Research: Let's Move STEM Learning Earlier”
All children are born scientists. Just watch very young children plan and plant a community garden, discussing how much watering it needs, what roots are for and how a plant’s growth shifts with the seasons. Yet the public perception appears to be that only some children have scientific inclinations, based in many cases on their family cultures. According to a new research project, children who engage in scientific activities at an early age (between birth and age 8) develop positive attitudes toward science, build up their STEM “vocabularies” and do better at problem solving, meeting challenges and acquiring new skills.

March 01, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report  — “After-School Programs Foster STEM Skills”
While many classrooms and internship programs are actively trying to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math – also known as STEM – education into the lives of children and young adults, after-school programs that focus on STEM let children explore new ideas without worrying about keeping their grades up. A new study by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and STEM Next, "Afterschool & STEM: System Building Evaluation 2016," surveyed and looked at the impact of more than 160 after-school programs providing informal STEM education in 11 states.

February 28, 2017 — CNET  — “Trump signs laws to promote women in STEM”
The White House just gave women in STEM a boost. President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering and math. The INSPIRE Act directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace … The second law is the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. It authorizes the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs aimed at women.

February 22, 2017 — NPR  — “After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists”
Mae Jemison made history in this field as the first African-American woman in space, as part of the crew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Jemison tells NPR's Ari Shapiro she welcomes this new interest in women and minorities who broke boundaries in space because those people were previously excluded from the narrative. “Well, I think it's one of those things that really needs to be done,” Jemison says. “And this is because people of all types have made contributions across the spectrum of the sciences, across the spectrum of space exploration, and they have been left out many times, purposefully.”

February 22, 2017 — Forbes  — “Women Who Code: You Are Not Alone”
With the upcoming Academy Awards, best picture nominee Hidden Figures is receiving more coverage than ever. Women in STEM was already a national conversation, but the film helped propel the topic into the forefront of many conversations. The tech industry has gained a reputation for being a “boys club” -- statistically, women in the field either lose interest over time or get discouraged somewhere in the school or career pipeline. As more of our students went to see Hidden Figures, they asked us many good questions about the current state of women in STEM. We decided to reach out to Women Who Code, whose CEO, Alaina Percival, provided some enlightening and informative responses to our questions.

February 03, 2017 — CBS News  — “Think big, start early: New effort to close gender gap in science starts in preschool”
After a brief stint in early childhood education, [Phaedra] Brown founded the Hope Institute of Science for Girls in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. It’s a “brick and mortar” solution to engaging preschool girls in science, technology, engineering and math topics — commonly known as STEM — at the very beginning of their educational journeys, she said … Despite its imposing name, the Hope Institute of Science for Girls is small and focused, with only nine students total, ages 1 to 4. There, Brown’s lessons are designed to expose toddler girls to STEM in subtle, age-appropriate ways … By starting young, the Hope Institute might be on to something significant.

January 24, 2017 — USA Today  — “The best of the best U.S. jobs are tech, tech and tech, again”
Hey kids, want to grow up to land the best job in the country? Then keep poring over those math and science textbooks. Jobs that require a range of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) claimed 14 spots in Glassdoor's new "50 Best Jobs in America" survey, out Monday … The proliferation of technology-related jobs is due to those skills now being needed at businesses that don't consider themselves traditional tech companies, says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor … These days, almost every company is in some way a tech company, requiring workers who are able to create and maintain a firm's technological infrastructure.

January 18, 2017 — Phys.org  — “Talking to children about STEM fields boosts test scores and career interest”
A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields. The findings, published Jan. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a 12 percentage point increase on the math and science ACT for students whose parents were provided with information on how to effectively convey the importance of science, technology, engineering and math. The same students also are likely to be more interested in pursuing STEM careers, including taking STEM classes in college and having a favorable impression of the fields.

January 09, 2017 — Education World  — “STEM Education Gets Help from Hollywood with "Hidden Figures"”
The release of the movie "Hidden Figures," is being lauded not only as a great movie to watch during downtime, but also as an important film that has the unique potential to encourage underrepresented student involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). For those unfamiliar, "Hidden Figures" is a biographical film that focuses on the African American women who worked in the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center and their work … Educators have taken note of the movie's potential to inspire students—especially students who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields.

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