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International Day of the Girl Child

Today is International Day of the Girl Child.  Launched in 2012 by the United Nations as an annual initiative, the day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting the empowerment of girls and young women across the globe. Read more

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Global Math Week – Exploding Dots

Several years ago, a team of seven people (see www.globalmathproject.org) had the bold vision to bring together 1 million students from around the world through a common mathematical experience. Inspired by Code.org’s hugely successful “Hour of Code” program, which makes computer coding relevant and fun for millions of students each year, the team believed that it was possible to shift the way the world perceives mathematics, making it more approachable, more enjoyable and meaningful. Read more

STEM Skills to Teach Students before College - Student Research Foundation

What Are the Most Important STEM Skills to Teach Students before College?

What STEM skills should be part of a curriculum for K-12 students?

Many educators think first of courses that teach specific skills like chemistry, math, and physics. Those teachers are right – specific, teachable subjects like those prepare students for college STEM studies and careers.

But what about softer skills and attitudes, which can be defined as abilities that equip students to absorb and apply technical concepts? Read more

Reading List for Parents of STEM Students - Student Research Foundation

Reading List for Parents of STEM Students

Mom or Dad, were you puzzled when you learned that your child was interested in a STEM career?

Did you even know what that meant? Maybe you thought STEM meant a career in agriculture or botany.

Although we are sure that you are now pretty much up to speed about what your kid is preparing to do with his or her life, here are some resources that can help you learn more and stay on top of trends. Read more

Household Chores Teach STEM Skills to Kids - Student Research Foundation

Can Household Chores Teach STEM Skills to Kids?

“Happy Children Do Chores,” an opinion piece that KF Dell’Antonia published in The New York Times on August 18th, states a firm opinion that all children should start doing household chores when they have reached the age of only 3 or 4. “Accept no excuses,” she writes. Read more

Interested in Engineering Try Out These Free Online Courses - Student Research Foundation

Interested in Engineering? Discover Great Courses and Lectures Online

Are you a high school student who is interested in becoming an engineer? Or do you know a student who is interested in majoring in engineering in college?

If so, there are lots of online opportunities to learn what engineering classes are like. Visit the links below to take a seat in a virtual engineering classroom. Read more

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Strategies for Early STEM Learning

What Are the Best Strategies for Getting K-6 Students Excited about Technology?

 . . . findings from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning

There is a common belief that children take to technology like the proverbial ducks take to water.  Give them a computer or a tablet and stand back, that thinking holds, and tech learning will pretty much take care of itself. Read more

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Who Is Preparing for STEM Careers? Our Research Finds Surprising Gaps

With all the attention being given to STEM careers, you might think that an equal percentage of students in all categories were preparing with equal enthusiasm for technical careers.

Not so. Research has found surprising disparities in STEM preparation among different groups. Here are some findings you can explore further in the 2018 Student Research Foundation “State of the Union” summary of research. Read more

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay? - Student Research Foundation

Which High-Tech Jobs Are Here to Stay?

We recently overheard this conversation at a college admissions fair . . .

A high school student said to another, “When I told my dad I was planning to work in cybersecurity, he said, `Forget it, those careers won’t be around for more than the next few years.’”

Her friend replied, “Well your dad could be right. As soon as the right company launches the right new kind of product, cybersecurity workers will be looking for jobs in other fields.” Read more

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STEM Companies Hiring Non-Tech Students

STEM Companies Need Non-Tech Students to Fill Jobs Too

It’s no secret that a boom is taking place in STEM education. Students across America are enrolling in courses to study engineering, computer science, statistics, and other subjects that will equip them to fill jobs with tech firms.

But here is one fact that can get overlooked as students prepare to find work with tech companies . . . Read more