“The Zero Mass Water system, Source, can operate off grid. Its “hydropanels” build on the principle of hygroscopy — the science of water vapor. It’s the same process that inspires some of us to add rice to salt mills in humid climates, where it keeps the spice from clumping together. The thermodynamics provided by the […]
“Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and former National Geographic Society Freshwater Fellow, demystifies humanity’s obsession with water in her new book Replenish. When National Geographic caught up with her in New Mexico, she explained how people are coming up with innovative ways to conserve water before we run dry.” – Click here to learn more
“If we want to get our students excited to learn more STEM skills, then it would help if they saw us adults taking a similar interest. There’s good reason to learn STEM skills for yourself, and not just to make your clothes light up (though that is a good reason, so maybe I’m not sorry […]
“Back in May of this year, a post in the Ed Tech Round Up made clear the dangers of doing away with an accessible internet, and quoted a statement from the American Library Association, which put it thusly: ‘Net neutrality is essential for library and educational institutions to carry out our missions … The internet has become […]
“…thousands of social entrepreneurs have surfaced to develop solutions to solve the water crisis. Among them is Manik Jolly – Founder and CEO of Grassroots and Rural Innovative Development Pvt Ltd (GRID). With experience in the Indian Army, and at SunEdison, the World Bank, and Deloitte, Jolly used GRID as a platform to design a solar solution that can be replicated and scaled […]
“Among all people earning STEM degrees, just about 40 percent go on to STEM careers, according to the report. Significantly less women with a STEM bachelor’s degree funnel into STEM jobs than men, at about 30 percent and 49 percent respectively. Regardless of gender, white and Asian STEM degree earners are the most likely to […]
“House Education Committee chair Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) says he plans to push for more math and science professionals teaching at the elementary school level. ‘The content area elementary license would be one thing we would look at just because to be successful in STEM you need a solid foundation in math,’ Behning says. ‘If […]
“Last month, Gitanjali earned the top prize at the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge after she presented her invention – a portable device that can test for lead in water – to a panel of scientists and school administrators from around the country. The water crisis in Flint, Mich., spurred her work.” – Click here to […]
“STEM is and will be where the jobs are, according to a government assessment. The good news in the Dayton area is that educators are producing students ready for STEM fields, with steady growth in undergraduate STEM degrees in the past few years. The U.S. had nearly 8.6 million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) […]
“Hand in hand with water safety is the issue of proper sanitation. A lack of resources, infrastructure, and education often means that practices like open defecation or poor hand-washing further threaten a community’s already precarious water supply. Water Mission, an engineering nonprofit that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions in […]
“From Silicon Valley superpowers to large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, science and technology help power the U.S. economy. To keep these and other industries operating at their peak, we need effective graduate education that creates future generations of STEM workers. Changes to the tax code that make graduate education more expensive for students would be […]
“Although water covers 70% of the earth’s surface, only 3% is fresh and two-thirds of that is frozen or unavailable for human consumption. What remains would, if carefully managed, satisfy the needs of the burgeoning world population, but clean water is unevenly dispersed.” Click here to learn more
“Idaho National Laboratory researchers work every day to advance nuclear energy systems, protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from man-made and natural threats, and accelerate development of broader clean and resilient energy systems. At the same time, our K-12 STEM team is helping prepare the next generation of science, technology and energy workers.” Click here to learn more
“Making one cotton suit, according to Guli, uses as much as 14,763 liters of water. A cotton shirt uses 3,690 liters. The water that went into making your mobile phone was as much as 912 liters.” Click here to learn more
“According to a recent poll of 250 U.S. K-12 teachers, one-third don’t feel they have the resources or training they need to effectively teach STEAM in the classroom. Because teachers have the most impact on students, schools investing in proper teacher technology training in their classroom is crucial.” – Click here to learn more
“To prepare students for careers in growing STEM fields, we must increase the importance of programming literacy, or fluency in computer science and coding, in the same way that we did for reading and writing in the mid 20th Century. We need students to become as familiar with technology as they are with a pen and notepad. […]
The city has recently come under fire for the way it has handled proposals to provide an alternative water supply – from drilling its aquifers and boreholes‚ to building desalination plants. But senior lecturer and expert in water-sensitive urban design at the University of Cape Town‚ Tom Sanya‚ said that not enough was known about […]
“The National Science Foundation, the University of Georgia College of Engineering, and the UGA College of Education recently funded a $2.1 million study that seeks to develop a model course for elementary school teachers interested in broadening STEM in their classroom, eventually lessening the gender gap that exists in engineering.” Click here to learn more
“After the hurricane, thousands of homes in Puerto Rico were left without drinking water. In stores, it sells out in the blink of an eye. The hurricane was on Sept. 20, but today only about 64 percent, or 800,000, of the subscribers get water, according to the director of the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA), […]
“Everyone needs a good teacher — including teachers. Providing support for teacher learning shifts how participants chat in digital classrooms. A new study shows how the patterns of online communication change by implementing teacher leadership techniques, which opens possibilities for better online classroom design.” Click here to learn more
“In an ever-changing world with an ever-changing climate, water is integral to prevent widespread conflict. But how can we ensure that everyone get their fair share? As part of our Grand Ideas follow-up series, we reached back out to our panel and asked them to nominate solutions to the looming challenges facing the world. One […]
“According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), U.S. students rank in the middle of the pack in global comparisons and behind most other advanced nations. For example, in the latest PISA, the U.S. ranked 40th in math and 25th in science.” Click here to learn more
“Considering the efforts and strategies put in place by the State in addressing the dreaded global water scarcity, Lagos is likely to have excess water by 2020. Therefore, there is no gainsaying the fact that with the proactive measure being undertaken by Governor Ambode, water shortage in Lagos State is well on its way out.” […]
“‘Our country is facing a challenge that it hasn’t had to address in two generations: reworking the education system to keep pace with advancing technology,’ Microsoft president Brad Smith said in a statement today. ‘In the 1950s, the race to space drove schools to start teaching physics. Today, it’s all about computer science.’” Click here to learn more
“‘Our report shows just how crucial water management is becoming to our cities,’ said CDP’s head of water Morgan Gillespy. ‘We are seeing critical shifts in leadership from cities and companies in response to the very real threat of flooding, for example, to local economies…’” Click here to learn more
“having a thorough understanding of STEM subjects is a vital component for success in the future workplace; reports reveal that nearly half of U.S. jobs could be automated in the next 20 years, so tomorrow’s generation of employees must be acquainted with the technologies and new job functions that will exist when they enter the workforce.” Click here to […]
“Today, thanks to Thirst Project and similar organizations, the number of people without access to safe and clean water has been reduced from 1.1 billion to 663 million. And Maxwell isn’t stopping anytime soon. ‘We believe wholeheartedly that we’ll see the end of this issue, not just in our lifetime, but like, in the next […]
“I wrote last year that we are in a new chapter for arts education in America as a result of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. The dozen arts-friendly provisions in the law provide the opportunity for all students to succeed using the arts in new ways. During this week of celebration, advocates in […]
“While Iran, located in an arid area of the world, is facing serious water issues, the country’s environment chief sees the nation’s ancient civilization at risk due to high level of water consumption. ‘If Iran fails to reduce the level of water consumption, its 8,000 year-old civilization will be destroyed,’ Isa Kalantari, the new chief […]
“Generational poverty is typically the result of a lack of opportunity. Children who don’t have access to high-quality education tend not to go on to college, and they wind up with low-paying hourly-wage jobs. As adults, they don’t have the time or resources to go back to school, and they raise their children in poverty. […]
“Droughts in Somalia. Water rationing in Rome. Flooding in Jakarta. It doesn’t take a hydrologist to realize that there is a growing global water crisis. Each August, water experts, industry innovators and researchers gather in Stockholm for World Water Week to tackle the planet’s most pressing water issues. What are they up against this year? Here’s a quick rundown on […]
“The goal of STEM education is to prepare a generation of citizens capable of making evidence-based decisions required for the innovative fields that are driving the 21st-century economy. And to that end, the U.S.’s investment is working. However, this commitment will need to continue in order to ensure accessibility to a quality STEM education for […]
“More than one-third of humanity is water-stressed every year or season, while drought crises are on the rise from California to Ethiopia as the planet warms, said Fred Boltz, who leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s work on science and environment.” Click here to learn more
“The world is currently experiencing a water crisis, where nearly 800 million people live without safe water and a further 2.5 billion people live without basic sanitation. The social, health and economic impacts of numbers as large as these affect entire communities all over the globe.” Click here to learn more
“In a time when young people face an increasingly hostile and competitive job market, doesn’t it make sense to teach them the skills for the industries that have an excess of job opportunities? Unfortunately, science education is struggling to keep up with the fast developments happening in the world, as Kristiina Kumpulainen, professor of pedagogy at […]
“Flint’s continuing water crisis is back in the news again as it moves through the judicial system. On July 28th, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed previous decisions by U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara, who dismissed two suits related to the water crisis.” Click here to learn more
“Today, Acevedo is using her work experience to address the lack of exposure girls have to science, technology, engineering and math. In fact, the organization launched 23 new STEM and outdoor-focused badges last month to encourage more girls to build their skills in these fields, according to a release.” Click here to learn more
“WATER is more precious than gold in one American state, and it could run out after suffering through five years of drought. California is in the midst of a water war, with locals in thirsty cities battling big corporations to turn on the taps.” Click here to learn more
“While Africa has a long way to go to get to where it needs to be, in this article we highlight four dynamic STEM education efforts across the continent that we hope will inspire policy makers, NGOs, donor organizations, and the private sector to expand upon, in order to meet the huge demands placed on […]
“As a pioneering school, STEAM-IS is the only kindergarten in Hong Kong to have an arrangement with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).’Students interact and conduct projects directed by NASA scientists to encourage creativity and nurture critical thinking,’ says Young. STEAM-IS also incorporates PSHE (Physical, Social, Health and Emotional) and the US Common Core State […]
“To raise awareness and make proactive changes to altering the devastating water crisis in the world, the United Nations General Assembly officially launched the World Water Day in 1993 — a day that is marked around the world on March 22 every year.” Click here to learn more
“…there’s a lot of funders, giving to a lot of organizations carrying out this work. It’s that collective element that’s particularly impressive, as the 280 partners include a mix of corporations (hoping to keep their pipeline of future employees flush), foundations, universities, charter schools, teachers unions, K-12 districts, even institutions like the New York Botanical […]
“The 1,130 MW Parli power station in Maharashtra state has been shut down since July 2015 due to a lack of water. In 2010, Maharashtra’s state-owned utility, MahaGenco, also had to shut down several units of the 2,340 MW Chandrapur Thermal Power Station due to the impact of drought. This led to power outages across the populous state. […]
“General Motors CEO Mary Barra has long been an advocate for girls enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Now GM is cutting checks to help more females enter these professions. Last week, the automaker announced that it will contribute at least $850,000 to four non-profits that work with young women and minorities to boost their STEM […]
“This is not just a problem for people with private wells, like the Garcias. Across California more than 1.5 million people rely on drinking water from a community system that has a water quality violation that could impact public health, according to an estimate by the state using 2015 data. But that number fails to capture the complexity of the problem.” […]
“Business leaders in up-and-coming cities across the US are feeling the effects of a nearly dried-up source of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent needed to stay competitive. Technology and science have infiltrated nearly every sector of business, from health care to the automotive industry — even culinary arts. And with things like artificial intelligence, […]
“The challenge, [Switzer] said, is making sure there is enough water to service everything. Can it serve all the people, the industries, the environmental demands? ‘If we manage the system appropriately, the answer is yes,’ Switzer said. ‘Whatever change happens, as long as it is equitable across the board so that it applies to all […]
“According to the US Department of Education, the total number of STEAM related jobs, in the USA, will increase by 14% over the course of this decade (2010-2020), a figure that is 5-8% higher on average than all the other job sectors. Referring to the figures today, job roles such as computer programming and other […]
“…the town’s drinking water could become contaminated each time the system is shut down. Though there is no indication of contamination thus far, the portion of the town that does have water is under a boil order. Commercial food service has been shut down and hotel guests are not allowed to brush their teeth.” Click here to […]
“Considering the number of global edtech businesses with products and services catering to the US education market, it makes sense that many are concerned about fate of their business with respect to this leading consumer demographic. But regardless of where the US government stands on STEM education today, international stakeholders shouldn’t lose sleep over the […]
“For at least six of the past 10 years, Ali Saed, a farmer, grew no crops. The rain in his little corner of northern Iraq was too meager, as was the flow of a nearby irrigation canal. He was only a few months away from ditching agriculture for good when he reached out to a […]
“A series of reports released Monday by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an industry trade group, highlight the need to buttress education in science, technology, engineering, and math to close a skills gap that the reports estimate will result in 60 percent of 3.4 million industry jobs — approximately 2 million — […]
“Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world’s population will live in countries with a ‘chronic or recurrent’ lack of clean water.” Click here to learn more.
“President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget cuts to STEM education would gut the nation’s ability to train high-quality science teachers, thereby limiting young Americans’ opportunities in STEM careers and putting the nation’s global competitiveness at risk.” Click here to learn more.
“According to a United Nations World Water Report (2006), 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. However 97.5% of this is seawater which is not useful. Of the 2.5% fresh water, 68.7% is in the form of ice-caps and 30% is stored underground therefore making only 0.3% water available as surface water. Out […]
“ ‘We want to lay a foundation so the Army and the Department of Defense will have enduring access to the best and the brightest now and in the future for whatever challenges we may have that have yet to be identified,’ he said. ‘We need to develop this talent pool, so that our partners […]
“A Toronto man set foot in Calgary on Saturday afternoon in the midst of his run from Vancouver to Ottawa to raise awareness to, and funds to address, the lack of potable water in First Nations communities across the nation. Hasan Syed, whose family immigrated to Canada from his native Pakistan in the late 1990s, […]
“King, in her decades of experience, views as the biggest challenge: ‘There is still a perception that out in the world STEM is elitist and not accessible and possible for everyone. The truth is that STEM skillsets are needed in almost every line of work in today’s economy.’ … King believes that breaking down the […]
“The effects of the drought are still very visible. Groundwater levels are depleted, and Starkey said, ‘There’s still residents outside in Tulare County that don’t have water. Their well is dried up, so it’s an issue that will take many years, many wet years to bring groundwater levels up to a level that I would […]
“Lack of STEM access is a critical equity issue in education, particularly for students in urban and rural communities, where access to high-level math and science courses is often out of reach. Soon, the impact of students living in STEM deserts will not only be reflected in those students’ high school and college competition rates, […]
“According to a paper from researchers at Michigan State University, water prices will have to increase by 41 percent in the next five years to cover the costs of replacing aging water infrastructure and adapting to climate change. That will mean that nearly 41 million households — or a staggering third of all US households […]
“The Department of Defense has decided… that there’s a lot of magic in a lot of roller bottles and a lot of Petri dishes in all the medical schools and research universities around the country.” Click here to read more.
“Researchers cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to which approximately 19.5 million Americans fall ill every year from pathogens as a result of contaminated drinking water from public water systems. The young, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals are particularly vulnerable, the report noted, adding that ‘No comprehensive estimates have been […]
“Even if high schools manage to recruit more qualified math and science teachers in the future, they’ll have a hard time reaching apathetic students who never developed an interest in STEM in the first place.” Click here to read more.
“And as I was driving away, I realized that had someone not had the foresight to sink this borewell in her village, the conversation would have been quite different. She would have spent her life, her entire day, scavenging for water. She wouldn’t be in school. Water collection falls, you know, disproportionately on the women […]
“The march has special relevance for K-12 science teachers, who will be well-represented in Washington and in 374 satellite marches across the country, said David Evans, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, which is partnering with the march. ‘Teachers are marching because they want the public to recognize that science is important,’ […]
” ‘Nothing about what happened in Flint was accidental,’ asserts Hammer. ‘Flint needs to be understood as a morality play illustrating the dangers of emergency management and fiscal austerity. Flint needs to stand as a profound multi-generational testimony to the dangers of strategic-structural racism in the same manner as the Tuskegee tragedy forever shames medical […]
“It’s no secret that STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math) is essential when it comes to growing future innovators. A lot of companies are investing in programs to encourage young students to explore the possibilities in these fields and Ford Motor Company is no exception.” Click here to read more.
“The global water crisis kills 28,000 children every week and 3,000 children a day. Over 1.5 million people worldwide die each year because of a lack of safe drinking water. Water-related illnesses resulting from contaminated drinking water are the leading cause of sickness and death worldwide. The non-profit organization Filter of Hope was created in […]
” ‘It’s a growing area for our campus and for the whole country,’ said Shannon Cary, communications officer for the MU library. ‘We’ve always had a strong program dealing with those fields and we know we need to support them.’ Cary said there are specific librarians for science, engineering and math that can help students […]
“The problem isn’t just the pollution that has contaminated much of northern China’s groundwater — there are also chronic shortages in the major cities, including the capital Beijing, that are putting the country’s economic growth at risk.” Click here to read more.
“The foundation provides tools and resources for schools including collecting and converting manufacturers’ clean waste into consumable materials that support STEAM learning; a lab outfitted with tools and materials; teacher training workshops on how to incorporate STEAM, maker methodologies and the engineering design process into curriculum; and a guidebook and resources for producing their own […]
“The women of Saboba are hardworking, accomplished career women and mothers, like many women in the United States. They lead successful, fulfilling lives. But one important thing they struggle with is getting clean water.” Click here to read more.
“World Water Day, held every March 22, is taking place around the world on Wednesday, aiming at attracting attention to the water crisis with this year’s theme: ‘Waste Water.’ The day was originally launched in 1993 by the U.N. To coincide with the 2017 date, reports have been published warning of severe water scarcity in […]
“For too many young people, this becomes a barrier. Their initial struggles turn into a lifetime of repeating that woebegone phrase: ‘I’m not good at math.’ ” Click here to read more.
“There are few things more important to life than clean water, and clean water is a right for every person. But we find that most people have no idea of the extent or severity of the clean water crisis. It’s not that they don’t care; they simply don’t know.” Click here to read more.
“According to the study, which will be formally released in April, more than 70 percent of students in all participating states showed positive gains in STEM subjects, careers, knowledge and 21st-century skills by participating in STEM-focused programs after school.” Click here to read more.
“The Water Abundance XPRIZE is a $1.75 million competition, challenging teams to alleviate the global water crisis with energy-efficient technologies that harvest fresh water from thin air. Teams will revolutionize access to fresh water by creating a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from the atmosphere using 100% renewable […]
“While the U.S. Department of Education reports STEM career opportunities continue to grow rapidly – outpacing the growth of nearly all other occupations combined – not enough U.S. students are adequately prepared to enter these fields. Current research indicates that many students do not enroll in courses that are prerequisites for STEM careers, a problem […]
“Giving budding engineers and scientists the tools to experiment with technology is a vital component of STEM education. Learning how that technology works and discovering a passion for science or engineering can lead them to pursue STEM in their education and future careers.” Click here to read more.
“Jessy Sabourin, a mother of five, says the new treatment plant has changed her life. Before the plant opened, her family relied on the deliveries of those large water jugs for everyday use — including bathing. She recalls how she was called to the school “many times” to pick up her kids after they developed […]
“In places where the water is safe to drink, we take it for granted that when we turn the tap on, an unlimited supply of clean drinking water will flow out. Apart from very occasional bacterial outbreaks that lead to well-advertised notices to boil the water, we can be pretty sure that drinking tap water […]
“There’s all this great science going on but there aren’t a lot of companies that are looking for ways to take this magic out of the roller bottles—these one-at-a-time miracles—and go from science experiments to industrial scale to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people waiting for organs or tissue. And as this […]
“By the year 2025, the U.S. government believes with a high degree of certainty that 60 percent of the world’s landmass and that some billions of people around the world will find themselves living in an environment with water scarcity.” Click here to read more.
“Advocates of STEAM, however, say the inclusion of art and design in classrooms will give students a more enriched educational experience, resulting in a more wholesome education, according to the STEAM website. This global movement is driven by teachers in thousands of schools across the world, according to an interactive map RISD released to show […]
“It’s been two years since officials in Flint, Michigan, told residents their tap water was unsafe to drink due to toxic levels of lead. Before the switch to the Flint River, residents had drawn their water from Lake Huron. In January 2015, Flint officials decline offer to reconnect water to Lake Huron. Six months later, […]
“While STEM-based education programs help students develop essential science, math and analytical thinking skills, they don’t always provide them with the creative experiences they need to look at the world in new ways.” Click here to read more.
“Sadly, Flint is just a tiny piece in a much larger story. Likely the reason the crisis in Flint made national headlines is because of the level of political incompetence that went along with it. But the story did wake people up to the idea that dangerous water could be anywhere, and that led to investigations by reporters […]
“The opportunity to draw on CompTIA’s talented and committed pool of potential mentors will also allow us to realize one of the long-standing goals of the FUSE approach — bringing kids into direct contact with professionals doing leading edge work out in the world,” said Reed Stevens, FUSE founder and director as well as a […]
“Today, Flint has largely dropped out of the national headlines, but the battles unleashed by the public-health disaster are far from over. Flint’s residents still can’t drink the water without a filter, requiring most families to rely on bottled water for everything from brushing their teeth to cooking and bathing.” Click here to read more.
“FIRST is passionate about fostering students’ interest in STEM fields and providing them access to resources and professional mentors. This is especially important as STEM occupations continue to grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM careers.” Click here to read more.
“Fixing systems of aging pipes will cost $1 trillion over the next 25 years, while modernizing wastewater facilities will add another $36 billion to the bill.” Click here to read more.
“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).” Click here to read more.