Shuri from "Black Panther" promotes STEM education for women

Shuri from "Black Panther" promotes STEM education for women


"'When you're a kid and you're doing so well in these subjects, sometimes you can be called a nerd," she says. Wright says that the meaning of the word "nerd" has evolved since she was at school. "Back then, when I was growing up, being a nerd was not a cool thing, and so many people felt isolated just because they like science, just because they were acing their maths exams or homework, they were looked down upon.'

But, through her role in Black Panther, Wright has sent a clear message to young women: Being a nerd is cool. Being a woman in STEM? Even cooler"

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What Will Close the Gender Gap in STEM? Early Exposure is Key

What Will Close the Gender Gap in STEM? Early Exposure is Key

"In a 2015 report released by the American Association of University Women, researchers found that, starting in middle school, boys feel 'more positive' about science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM—subjects than their female counterparts. The divide grows from there. 'While it is certainly possible to decide to pursue a career in engineering or computing well after high school graduation, these findings suggest early exposure to engineering and computing … is often a precursor to actually pursuing a career in these fields.'"

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New Studies Show that the Majority of eSports players are STEM Majors

New Studies Show that the Majority of eSports players are STEM Majors

"Colleges across the country are adopting varsity esports programs, and in places without a school-sanctioned initiative, nearly every university has a gaming club. These teams compete in collegiate esports events through programs like Riot’s College Championship and Blizzard’s TESPA. And most of their players are science, technology, engineering, and math majors."

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IBM Rolls Out Program in India to Engage Girls with STEM Careers

IBM Rolls Out Program in India to Engage Girls with STEM Careers

“'Access to STEM education remains largely limited for girl students in India. This programme will help to bridge the gap by offering them the opportunity to make headway in STEM courses and pick up the necessary skills, and will simultaneously help to move the needle at the government school level,' David Raper, lead of Asia Pacific corporate citizenship at IBM, told ET."

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US academies call for reshaping of postgraduate STEM education

US academies call for reshaping of postgraduate STEM education

"Students would encounter a variety of perspectives about what science is, and about the relationships between science, engineering and society, the report says. They’d have multiple, varied opportunities to 'communicate the results of their work and understand the broader impacts of their research'. And they’d be encouraged to create their own project-based learning opportunities, especially as a member of a team, to develop “transferable skills” such as communication, collaboration, management and entrepreneurship".

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Studies Find that Middle School STEAM Education is Crucial for Engaging Students in STEAM Careers

Studies Find that Middle School STEAM Education is Crucial for Engaging Students in STEAM Careers

Reflected in its legacy history, American industry was built on innovation. In order to awaken dreams and inspire the next generation of innovators, problem-solvers and leaders, it’s imperative to expose children to STEAM at an early age. If engaged, receptive and they’ve developed an interest by eighth grade, they’re three times more likely to pursue careers in STEAM fields later in life.

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STEAM Helps Elementary Students' Science Scores

STEAM Helps Elementary Students' Science Scores

“Conducted in California, the quasi-experimental study shows that students in 3rd-5th grade who received the nine one-hour blocks of STEAM instruction — focusing on the visual and performing arts — went from the 50th to the 63rd percentile on their district’s science assessment. Previous studies showed English learners gained the most from STEAM-focused programs, but this research suggests all students can learn from this approach and ‘envision phenomena that they were not able to directly observe,’ the authors write.”

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Business Helps Fund STEM Programs for Millions of Children

Business Helps Fund STEM Programs for Millions of Children

“Bertram says, “We are a business and if we don’t have a sustainable business model, we can’t provide the service to schools.”

Most of the organization's revenue comes from fees for service and product sales. PLTW’s online store sells equipment and supplies that teachers and schools can use for teaching science, technology, engineering and math—STEM skills.”

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STEAM and STEM Both Gaining Traction, But is One Better?

STEAM and STEM Both Gaining Traction, But is One Better?

“…leaders in a community rich with culture started to decry to promotion of the left brain over the right. The concept of STEAM—adding an ‘A’ for the Arts—gained figurative steam as an enhancement, if not an outright alternative, to a focus on formulas. In a world of virtual reality, won’t there need to be as many animators as coders? In a world where people hopefully live active lives into their 90s, won’t you need fresh ideas in the medical world as much as a background in biology.”

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Is How Economics is Classified Hurting Students?

"Universities are now changing the federal classification code of their economics majors from one for general economics (45.0601) to econometrics and quantitative economics (45.0603) in order to give their students this option. Econometrics and quantitative economics happens to be the only field of study taught at economics departments that the Department of Homeland Security considers a STEM field"

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The Future of STEM Education

The Future of STEM Education

"Over the last decade, companies have been experimenting with innovative ways to engage students in meaningful STEM learning. Thankfully, several of these companies are getting it right. The perennial technology giant Sony is doing an amazing job of advancing STEM education by persuading students to start solving problems via science. Sony's KOOV Educator Kit is an all-in-one coding, robotics and design kit that combines digital coding with physical building to teach the next generation of problem solvers and innovators."

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Boeing Donates Big to Dean Kamen's FIRST

Boeing Donates Big to Dean Kamen's FIRST

"'Whether they’re solving technical challenges in the classroom or putting their skills to work at a FIRST competition, it’s remarkable what these young minds are capable of creating,' said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. 'Boeing is committed to supporting STEM programs like FIRST through employee volunteerism and charitable grants. By exposing students to STEM subjects and experiences and teaching them how to apply what they’ve learned in real and relevant ways, we hope to inspire future generations of dreamers and doers.'"

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