Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science (TechCrunch)

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Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further — running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Data University is Airbnb’s attempt to …


A coding school where college grads train and work without spending a dime (Washington Post)

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Right around this time last year, Edward Young was donning a cap and gown for graduation at St. John’s University in New York. He figured his bachelor’s degree in computer science would open doors to all sorts of tech jobs, but a few rounds of interviews proved otherwise. Scrolling through an employment website months later, Young stumbled across a listing …


D65, Northwestern officials explain plans for STEM partnership (The Daily Northwestern)

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Representatives from Northwestern and Evanston/Skokie School District 65 elaborated on plans for a new partnership office at a school board meeting Monday. The partnership office, which was announced by the district in a news release at the beginning of the month, will focus on strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in local schools. It is based on a similar …


Kelvin Beachum (NFL athlete, investor, philanthropist & professional speaker) and Jesse Lovejoy (Director of STEAM Education, 49ers): Football Can Inspire Future STEAM Leaders (U.S. News & World Report)

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Football and STEAM education might not seem like a logical tandem on the surface. Through deeper exploration, we discover these seemingly opposite activities are a complementary match in inspiring young people to explore new subjects and further define their passions, futures and career opportunities. The game of football is influenced by fundamental principles of science and incorporates subjects from physics …


Chicago Female Scientists Discuss Women in STEM at UChicago’s Innovation Fest (ChicagoInno)

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As part of the UChicago Innovation Fest, a month-long celebration of innovation, cutting-edge research and entrepreneurial activities at UChicago, the Polsky Center held a screening of Hidden Figures this past Saturday. A panel composed of four female scientists from UChicago, Fermilab and Argonne, discussing the future of women in STEM, immediately followed the film. Hidden Figures traces the stories of …


Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council reappoints Framingham resident (Wicked Local Framingham)

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Framingham resident Yvonne Spicer, vice president of Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the Museum of Science, was recently reappointed to Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito’s 29-member Massachusetts Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council. The STEM Advisory Council began its work under the leadership of the Baker-Polito administration by undertaking an exploratory process to determine where the …


Here’s Trump’s plan to destroy the US science budget (The Verge)

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President Donald Trump plans to gut American science. Released today, his full budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year requests that billions of dollars be slashed from the agencies tasked with funding and conducting research that drives innovation and keeps Americans healthy and safe. The budget proposal confirms fears that Trump intends to cut nearly $5.8 billion in funding from …


ACTE, Advance CTE Statement on President’s FY18 Budget (ACTE)

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The following is a joint statement from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE in response to the $168 million cut to state grants for career and technical education (CTE) included in the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The statement comes after ACTE and Advance CTE issued a joint statement last week amid reports in The …


Community Engagement Professionals Gather to Learn from and Celebrate Bold Leaders Making Brave Moves in the Field of Corporate Societal Engagement (Justmeans)

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The CEO Force for Good will convene the 2017 CECP Summit: Brave Leaders. Bold Moves May 23-24, 2017 in NYC, bringing together 250 corporate leaders who drive societal investment strategies at the world’s largest companies. Attendees will learn and connect with the trailblazers making big, bold moves in a complex business climate – those who are taking charge and re-defining …


Planting the seeds for STEM (The Daily UW)

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Stereotypes about girls studying and working in science, technology, engineering, and math fields are decades old. While girls play with dolls, boys are given Legos and trains, and then grow up to work at Microsoft and Google. Although this adage is something that is often accepted, it wasn’t fully understood at what age boys and girls begin to deviate in …


Study finds female students less likely to drop engineering program if female mentored (PHYS.org)

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A pair of researchers with the University of Massachusetts has found evidence that suggests women are more likely to continue to pursue a degree in engineering if they have a female mentor. Nilanjana Dasgupta, an instructor, and her Ph.D. student Tara Dennehy paired first-year female engineering majors with older mentors for a year and then looked at the impact mentoring …


Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition Now Available (Minecraft)

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It’s been quite a month for Minecraft: Education Edition. On May 2, we announced Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, a free one-year subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition with qualifying purchases of Windows 10 computers and tablets, and updates to both in-game features and Classroom Mode for Minecraft. In just two weeks, thousands of you downloaded the Code Builder Beta …


Robert Morris University, CCBC sign degree-transfer agreements (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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Robert Morris University and the Community College of Beaver County announced they have reached agreements that will allow CCBC students to transfer credits to RMU degree programs in cybersecurity, computer and information systems, and data analytics. There are now 47 so-called articulation agreements between RMU and CCBC. “Pittsburgh has developed an international reputation as Silicon Valley of the east, with an …


NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning Breaking Down Biases Through STEM Education (Forbes)

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I will be the first to tell you I have unconscious biases. I don’t feel too guilty. We all have them. But until recently, I didn’t realize one of them involves hockey. I would not admit that my vision of hockey players did not include women or people of color or migrant workers. That makes as much sense as a …


$50 Million for STEM Programs at Bates College (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

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Michael and Alison Grott Bonney, Bates alumni who graduated in 1980, gave $50 million for new facilities for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. Mr. Bonney retired in 2014 as chief executive of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. He serves as chairman of the Bates Board of Trustees. The couple met during their freshman year at the college. Mr. Bonney’s family has a …


Female STEM leaders more likely to back policies aiding women (EurekAlert!)

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For decades, higher ed administrators have talked about the need for more female professors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments. But what is the best way to recruit and retain those professors? On that point, men and women sometimes disagree, according to new Cornell research. A national study of college and university administrators has found that female department chairs, …


Texas Southern participates in national solar energy competition (fuel fix)

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Texas Southern University and a consortium of 13 other eastern and southern universities are competing for a U.S. Department of Energy grant that will help fund solar power projects for low income households. The Department of Energy has set aside $5 million for the competition, although Texas Southern and the group of universities will be competing for $1 million. While …


Illinois, Indiana engineer a successful jobs program with Purdue Northwest (Chicago Tribune)

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When entrepreneur Nick Wilson realized how tough it was to find qualified engineers for his Cook County-based manufacturing company, he crossed the border to Indiana and did something about it.  That was in 2008, and since then Wilson has been instrumental in forging an unusual Illinois-Indiana alliance — a public-private partnership with the technology department of Purdue University Northwest. The …


Theater at Michigan Science Center Focuses on STEM Learning (AP)

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Toyota Motor North America and the Michigan Science Center are showcasing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning through programs and films at a new theater at the center. The $1.4 million Toyota 4D Engineering Theater was unveiled Monday in Detroit. Its exterior features an interactive wall that allows visitors to engage in unique activities. Inside, the theater houses a …


Hudson Middle School students win $10,000 in STEM competition (RiverTowns.net)

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Two teams from Hudson Middle School have swept state in the eCybermission STEM Competition winning $10,000 in savings bonds. Since the first day of school, two teams of Project Lead the Way students have been working hard on changing the world. The first-place team, “UT Astrum,” is led by Ainsley Kennedy, Julia Ginsbach, Adrienne Weaver and Isabel Brown. This team …