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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.

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.

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.

August 02, 2017 — Education Dive  — “Educators using music to make connections to STEM”
... [A] growing multitude of organizations and advocates are promoting the use of music in the course of STEM education. Educators have increasingly called for music to be incorporated into STEM in recent years, though progress has proceeded in fits and starts.

July 31, 2017 — NPR  — “Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking Computer Science”
U.S. high schools got a high-tech update this past school year. Not by federal fiat or by state law, but largely at the hand of independent nonprofits … The College Board last fall introduced a new course and exam called AP Computer Science Principles. Eight years in the planning, it was the largest such course launch in history. While the existing AP Computer Science course focuses on the Java programming language, the new course is billed as a creative exploration of real-world problems. It's designed to appeal to people who might have assumed that computers were not for them. And in that sense, it's working.

July 25, 2017 — Associated Press   — “Robots, race cars and weather: Girl Scouts offer new badges”
Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. It’s the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the great outdoors as their laboratory. Among the new badges are those that introduce kindergarten and first graders to the world of robots and engineering. Scouts can learn basic programming and build prototypes to solve everyday problems. Older scouts will have the chance to enhance those skills, learning more about artificial intelligence, algorithms and how to formally present their work.

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