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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.

April 26, 2017 — GeekWire  — “By age 6, kids already think boys are better than girls in programming and robotics”
There’s a lot of effort to attract women to the computer sciences at universities and the workforce. But to shift technology’s gender imbalance we might need to focus on a younger crowd. Much younger — like 6-year-olds. For the first time, research from the University of Washington shows that by first grade, children are already embracing the stereotype that boys are better than girls at robotics and programming … But there is some good news. If you give a girl a robot and some simple tools for programming it, her feelings about computer sciences will be more positive.

April 11, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report  — “‘Ignite My Future’ Aims to Change Learning”
Using extracurricular activities and after-school programs to pique students’ interests in science, technology, engineering and math careers is a common trend. An initiative, “Ignite My Future in Schools,” takes a different approach by encouraging teachers to incorporate STEM activities into their day-to-day classroom syllabi and make classes more interactive for students. India-based Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Discovery Education recently launched the program, which aims to help students apply computational thinking and problem-solving in their work, train teachers and administrators to become well-versed in a transdisciplinary approach and embed computational thinking into everyday disciplines.

April 10, 2017 — THE Journal  — “State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'”
If understanding of computer science is essential to being an informed citizen, then it makes sense that every child needs an education in the use of computing devices and software, digital literacy and computational processing. That’s the premise of a new report developed by half a dozen organizations that undertook a state-by-state survey of the current state of K-12 CS education. The report, titled “State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education,” was released during a workshop led by Google, the Education Development Center (EDC) and the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) on Google's Cambridge campus.

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.

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