In years past, the reference desks at high school libraries often were home to a small research center – a shelf or two of career-related books. There you’d find books like What Color Is Your Parachute? a popular bestseller about selecting a career. You would also find books about writing cover letters and resumes, about job hunting online, about taking interviews, and maybe even some books on how to dress for success. Read more
The emerging tech centers of America . . .
If you don’t live in California, chances are you don’t understand San Jose. San Jose might not even be one of the first California cities to come to mind if somebody asked you to name the most influential or important cities in California.
If you live or teach in the San Jose area, however, you know the real story about what a powerhouse the city is. Read more
Are you a high school student who is logging a lot of time indoors in the safety of your home? Or are you the parent of a young man or woman who is?
If so, we have a suggestion for you . . . Read more
The Coronavirus is causing many people a lot of stress. But at the same time, many of us are relying on a range of professionals who were not on our radar before. It is a time of anxiety, but also a time to learn
For example, we are relying more than ever before on statistics compiled by analysts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Statistics amassed by these professionals are being reported widely on the news. How many new cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in the U.S., for example, or in our state, or in our town, or in our school system? That kind of data helps us understand the crisis and stay aware of the risks. And we are newly aware of, and thankful to, the professionals who collect and analyze the information we need. Read more
Sometimes it takes a great book to get students to fall in love with a field of study. If you are trying to motivate students to become interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or math – STEM – here are some books that could do the trick. Read more
Artificial Intelligence is generating a lot of buzz these days. Your students may be interested in it, but do they understand what AI really is and how it is used in business, medicine, the military, and other applications? Do they understand basic AI concepts like machine learning, neural networks, and predictive diagnostics?
High school students who are interested in AI could take online courses that are being offered currently by a number of universities. The problem is that those courses tend to be expensive. Read more
This list from U.S. News provides some insights
What STEM jobs offer the highest pay and the best chances of long-term employment?
“Explore Top Stem Careers,” an article that Susannah Snider and Rebecca Koenig published in U.S. News and World Report on April 22, 2019, offers some suggestions and provides food for thought. In compiling their list of careers, the authors accessed U.S. News’s own best jobs rankings and added data about projected job growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more
The 2019 State of Computer Science Education, a nationwide study conducted by the Advocacy Coalition, the Computer Science Teachers Association and the Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance, found that two conflicting trends are at work in computer science as it is taught in American high schools. Read more
Ms. Gresham’s Classroom Robot Teaches Her Students Real-World Programming Skills
Students in Ms. Gresham’s George Ranch High School classroom in Richmond, Texas were eagerly learning computer programming skills. But Ms. Gresham, who is eager to provide her students with the best STEM learning experiences possible, wanted something more – an expandable robot, able to move and equipped with sensors, that her students could program to interact with its environment. So she chose to apply on DonorsChoose.org for funding to buy a smart robot car for her classroom. Read more
Thanks to Micro:Bit Basic Kits Donated by The Student Research Foundation
The students in Mrs. Riley’s classroom were eager to learn computer science, but the East Bernard High School in rural Texas lacked the funds to equip their classrooms with the computers they needed to learn to code. So Mrs. Riley, who is committed to providing the best learning opportunities possible for her students, came up with a solution. If she could equip her classroom with Electronix Express Micro:Bit Basic Kits, which cost only $22.95, her students could study computer science and learn skills similar to those being taught in larger school systems. Read more