GM and Girls Who Code partner for after-school STEM program (engadget)

by Tommy Cornelis


As technology jobs continue to rise in importance, a troubling statistic shows that the number of women in the computing workforce dropped from 37 percent in 1995 to only 24 percent today. That’s a staggering drop, and one that the education program Girls Who Code is hoping to reverse. Today automaker GM announced it’s giving Girls Who Code a $250,000 …


2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals (WalletHub)

by Tommy Cornelis


STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020. That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills …


BVU receives endowment for STEM program (Storm Lake Pilot Tribune)

by Tommy Cornelis


A gift of $500,000 from a generous couple has provided valuable resources and equipment to better prepare Buena Vista University education students to teach in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. As part of the endowment’s launch, students were able to experience the University’s first-ever STEM classroom beginning this past fall semester. This state-of-the-art laboratory includes collaborative design …


Students Create Music From Nature Data (AP)

by Tommy Cornelis


You may know that up on Isle Royale, in the middle of Lake Superior, a group of scientists has studied the wolves, the moose and the climate for the last 58 years. But did you know you can now dance to their findings? That’s a gross oversimplification, and an insult, likely, to the students who labored over a project that …


Ashland University Receives $650,000 National Science Foundation Grant (WMAN)

by Tommy Cornelis


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Ashland University a $650,000 grant as part of a five-year STEM scholarship program that will provide scholarships and academic support for academically talented science students with financial need. The NSF grant, titled “Science Scholars Program: Opening the Science Career Pipeline Through Enhanced Engagement and Support,” begins Jan. 15 and runs through Dec. 31, …


A CS State of Mind (EdTech Digest)

by Tommy Cornelis


The last several years have seen an unprecedented growth in computer science (CS) education. Arguably, 2013 was the turning point for CS in K-12 education, with the founding of local organizations such as CSNYC and national ones such as Code.org, whose explicit missions are to expand classroom access to CS. Significantly, several state and district initiatives have gone beyond simply …


AT&T grant helps borough schools improve (Bronx Times)

by Tommy Cornelis


A telecom company is helping students at four borough schools receive better training in the fundamentals of computer science. An AT&T initiative will provide educators that are part of the Teach for America program with extra training in methods to better instruct students in computer science. Computer Science education is part of the important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) …


The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing (Tech Crunch) – EdTech Weekly

by STEMconnector


“Don’t go into education technology, no one makes any money,” was the advice I once got from an early founder of an edtech startup that failed.  It used to be an all too common sentiment that once deterred many prospective investors from backing some of the most promising edtech ventures conceived.  Previously considered risky investments, it’s true that many edtech …


Moving Beyond the Tired Classroom Laptop Debate (Inside Higher Ed) – EdTech Weekly

by STEMconnector


Can we get beyond the tired old discussion about if laptops should be banned from the classroom?  I have my own opinions on this debate (see here and here), but I’d be grateful if we could move forward to a more fundamental set of questions.  The discussion that we should be having is about how we can harness the digital …



Tips for Measuring ROI on School Technology (Samsung) – EdTech Weekly

by STEMconnector


How can you determine if the Chromebooks, tablets, literacy solutions and other instructional systems you’re buying for your schools are having an impact on education? Very few K-12 leaders are tracking the learning outcomes on their technology investments, one expert warns — but there are a number of resources that can help with measuring ROI.  Cheryl Lemke, CEO and president …


Hidden Figures is the perfect space race movie (ars technica)

by Tommy Cornelis


There is probably nothing that lifts my spirits more than a movie about heroic scientists sending astronauts into space. Apollo 13 did this masterfully, and The Martian gave it a futuristic twist. And now Hidden Figures has revitalized this quintessentially American tale again, with great success, by focusing on the true story of a group of early NASA mathematicians who …


Big bang for just a few bucks: The impact of math textbooks in California (Brookings Institute)

by Tommy Cornelis


Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning. This report uses data collected from elementary schools in California to estimate the impacts of mathematics textbook choices on student achievement. We study four of the most popular books in the state from 2008-2013 and find that one—Houghton Mifflin …



UD to establish cybersecurity center (Dayton Business Journal)

by Tommy Cornelis


The University of Dayton is establishing a center devoted to cybersecurity and data intelligence. The school announced Thursday the project, which is being made possible by a lead gift from Premier Health. The center will first focus on the health care environment, but also will seek other donors to help expand its scope, the school announced, but the gift amount …


‘Hidden Figures’ recalculates story of women of color in STEM (Arizona State)

by Tommy Cornelis


Across STEM fields, women of color share a similar story — just ask Sharon Torres. “I was born and raised in the Philippines, but all my role models were white,” said the advocacy manager at ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. Her work in breaking down barriers — gender and ethnic — figures to get a boost Friday with …


Recycling Your Christmas Tree (Feed, Nourish, Thrive.)

by STEMconnector


As we close out the holiday season and begin to remove the decorations and décor from our homes, many may be wondering about the appropriate ways to dispose of Christmas trees. Extension agents and other forestry and natural resource advocates throughout the nation are teaching the masses about recycling the decorative trees. Michigan State University extension agents have published a brochure …


Is Mark Zuckerberg considering White House run? (USA Today)

by STEMconnector


Are we witnessing the soft launch of Mark Zuckerberg the statesman? On Tuesday Zuckerberg said he would embark on a 30-state listening tour as his personal challenge for 2017, suggesting the Facebook CEO may harbor political aspirations. The announcement came after last month’s revelations that Zuckerberg persuaded the Facebook board to allow him to retain control of the social media company even if he …


HISD opens new $72M high school built around an airplane hangar (Houston Business Journal)

by STEMconnector


Sterling Aviation High School is ready to lift off. The aviation-focused school, at 11625 Martindale south of downtown Houston, opens to students Jan. 4, according to a release. It’s the first new comprehensive high school to be completed under the 2012 bond program and the first to be constructed in the Houston Independent School District in nearly 16 years. The …


Rigorous STEM-Centered Curriculum Challenges Students At Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (Town Topics)

by STEMconnector


The life of the mind is celebrated at the Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS). Located at 19 Lambert Drive (off Rosedale Road), the independent international boarding and day school opened in 2013, and offers a unique study and research program to a multi-cultural student body. Executive Principal Matthew Pearce has been with PRISMS since 2014, and involved …