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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.

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).

November 29, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report  — “Report: STEM Degrees Rise, but Disparities Remain”
Despite modest gains in degree attainment in science, technology, engineering and math, women and minorities remain grossly underrepresented in the fields, according to a new report out Wednesday. Women are also less likely to enter STEM occupations after earning a STEM degree as are blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, according to the report, which was prepared by the RAND corporation and commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association with over 625 members in the oil and natural gas field. The report analyzes broad STEM degree attainment and employment trends, and pays specific attention those in the the oil and natural gas sector. The results of the study are demonstrative of a long-standing gender and race gap in STEM fields and the persistent impact of the "leaky pipeline" on the participation of women and minorities in STEM spheres.

November 08, 2017 — Education Week  — “Connecting Read-Alouds with STEM in Early Childhood Education”
Lisa Herr, an early childhood educator, demonstrates how to drive conversation and critical thinking among young students by asking open-ended questions during a classroom read-aloud. Following the read-aloud, Lisa leads her students in a fun activity where she connects themes from the book with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics principles.

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.

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