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28 Days of Hands-On STEM Activities for Kids. Closing the Gender Gap | NJIT Online. Add this infographic to your site. <a href=" src=" width='500'></a><br/><a href=' Online</a> Closing the Gender Gap: The Rise of Women in STEM In the last century, women have aggressively pursued education and careers outside the home.

Though women have come a long way in their post-secondary education and career fields, there are still gender gaps in many areas in the workforce. One of the most significant gender gaps is in the STEM area; science, technology, engineering, and math. There are needs and opportunities for women in the STEM fields, especially civil engineering. In America, women represent approximately 50% of the population. Ed-tech product roundup: April. It’s budget and buying season for many schools and districts. April reflected this with several new product releases for the classroom. Here’s what SmartBrief on EdTech readers liked this month in Product Showcase: Math@Work: Math Meets Homebuilding. Scholastic and TV host Ty Pennington are working together to help students connect math with real-world careers through their new webisode series, Math@Work: Math Meets Homebuilding. The 15-minute videos, available at no charge on Scholastic’s site, feature Pennington showing student builders how to apply math to projects such as installing solar panels and building a walkway for a home.

Studystorm. High-school students can use a new, free Android application to prepare for tests and college admissions exams. Adobe Slate. EarthCam. Touch Easel. Library of Congress grant. PTBoard. EasyBib. Ed Tech Developer’s Guide. Bluetooth keyboard. Online safety courses. Report Pushes for New Look at STEM Definition, Training. STEMworks | Change the Equation. What’s Up with STEM for 2015? A MiddleWeb Blog My fingers are crossed for 2015 as the best STEM year ever! I’ve been looking around to see what directions STEM programs seem to be taking this year. At first glance, it appears that deciding what a STEM program should look like is an ongoing conundrum for the K-12 education world. I decided to scrutinize what’s being described as “STEM” these days using resources from the National Academies and the American Society for Engineering Education, as well as my own work with the Engaging Youth through Engineering project.

If you’d like to have a good look at some basic STEM principles, you might start with these three publications. . ► Successful STEM Education Programs (National Research Council) ► Examination of Integrated STEM Curricula as a Means Toward Quality K-12 Engineering Education (Research to Practice) ► STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research (National Academies Press) . ✔︎ Criteria for STEM Programs 1. Goals for STEM 2015. Welcome to Delaware’s STEM | To Attract More Girls to STEM, Bring More Storytelling to Science | Budding Scientist. A student from High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey CREDIT: Marissa Hazel Guest Post by Jonathan Olsen and Sarah Gross, teachers at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey Women and girls are historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields and much has been written lately about why girls in school seem disinterested in these areas.

As STEM becomes more important in our increasingly interconnected global society, it becomes even more imperative that educators find ways to encourage girls to participate in these fields. A few weeks ago, researchers at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Michigan released the results of a study that reflected many girls’ antipathy toward all things STEM. As educators in a STEM-focused high school, we come in contact with intellectually gifted female scientists every day–albeit young ones. Research has shown that storytelling activates the brain beyond mere word recognition. High Schools Not Meeting STEM Demand - High School Notes. City charter Computer scientists are in high demand, but only a fraction of U.S. high schools offer advanced training on the subject—and that fraction is shrinking.

Of the more than 42,000 public and private high schools in the United States, only 2,100 high schools offered the Advanced Placement test in computer science last year, down 25 percent over the past five years, according to a recent report by Microsoft. [Learn why high school students need to think, not memorize.] In schools where computer science is offered, it often does not count toward graduation. Only nine states—Georgia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia—allow computer science courses to satisfy core math or science requirements, according to the report. "It will get you just as close to graduation as it will if you take woodworking," Smith said. "I love wood, but it is not the future of our economy. " [Discover why the energy sector wants STEM students.] Vinter Presents to the Governor’s STEM Council Calling for a Change in Computer Science Education.

STEM Careers: The Need to Get More Women Involved From the Start. Lisa Hook is the President and CEO of Neustar, Inc. Ms. Hook serves on a number of other corporate and non-profit boards, including Reed Elsevier PLC, Reed Elsevier NV, Reed Elsevier Group PLC, and The Ocean Foundation. In addition to her role at Neustar, Lisa also has served as a senior advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Follow Neustar at @Neustar. We hear a lot about the need for greater emphasis on subjects like technology and engineering that are critical to our country’s infrastructure.

A recent report from the White House Council on Women and Girls said it’s "especially disconcerting" that women make up only 25% of the STEM workforce. Pair that with a very different issue that’s regularly been the headlines this year: the number of women now running powerful technology corporations; like Meg Whitman at Hewlett-Packard, Virginia Rometty at IBM and Marissa Mayer at Yahoo! SEE ALSO: Survey Finds Fewer Women in Top U.S. Let’s step back a little.

The STEM Solution. STEM Ed: CodeHS Wants To Teach Every American High Schooler How To Code. In the Silicon Valley Distortion Field, it can seem like everyone is learning to code — that coding has become cool. Either way you slice it, talented programmers are in demand, and, as a result, there is now a litany of platforms and tutorials that propose to help anyone and everyone become a code-slinger, often from the comfort of their favorite sofa (and browser).

That’s all well and good, but if the U.S. is really going to support STEM education initiatives and encourage a more tech-literate workforce, there’s a whole lot of work to be done. Today, computer science is absent in 95 percent of high schools in the U.S. Yep. Why? Because developing curriculum for these subjects requires time and expertise, and finding the qualified candidates to teach these subjects demands significant capital to lure talented programmers away from high-paying jobs in the private sector. That’s where CodeHS comes in. But the answer is not just throwing up forums, Keeshin says. Video Games in the STEM Classroom. Screenshot from Minecraft Mojang Is there anything quite so vilified as our students' love of video games? The slightly lame-sounding trope in the teachers lounge is, "If they'd just study and stop playing those games!

" As a STEM teacher and frequent user of games, I have to wonder why something as trite as gaming has such a fantastic hold on such a large number of students. Case in point: in the past few years, when new games of any import (according to the students) were released, many of them missed school because they attended the midnight release of the game (e.g. Skyrim, Assassin's Creed III, Black Ops and so on).1 When I was a student teacher, I remember vividly the consternation of my cooperating teacher as she threw up her hands. As a teacher, I find myself wanting to walk a very fine line, because it's obvious that games are doing something right in the attention department -- and I want to tap into that in my classroom.

Games as Fantasy Sandboxes What I've learned since then: