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STEM in the News - November 2018 Edition


 

How Does Project-Based Learning Prepare Generation Z for the Future?

Getting Smart

Meet Generation Z– the future pioneers of our increasingly global world, a world that is “careening ahead at great velocity.” This post-millennial society will experience a future in flux where a growing polarization of labor opportunity will change the fundamental nature of work. As an ever-connected civilization in need of quick thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators for our future, it is imperative we consider how to best prepare this cohort for these radical shifts. Perhaps what distinguishes Generation Z from previous generations, in part, is the expanse of alternate and progressive forms of education available today; Project-based learning is a popular pedagogy known to prepare students for the challenges awaiting them in the real world. Read more…

 

Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

Jennifer RuefUniversity of Oregon

Many Americans feel anxiety or dread when it comes to math. A lot of that anxiety starts in childhood.

 

Google Sponsors Research into Early Interest in STEM

Google has given two Indiana University researchers $150,000 to continue their research in how to spark early interest in STEM fields.

"Associate professor of science education Adam Maltese and associate professor of learning sciences Kylie Peppler will be building on their previous research about what makes kids interested in STEM and what factors lead them to continue in the field," said the Indiana Daily Student.

The researchers will continue their work this August to conduct further surveys and interviews and find out more on what gets kids interested in STEM early on.

"If the research shows students showing different interest within STEM based on their location, gender or age then this can be applied to future teachings. Creating STEM education and activities specific for certain demographics will increase the likelihood of students pursuing STEM," the article said.

Read the full story here.

STEM and the Growth Mindset

A recently published study looks at the importance of encouraging a growth mindset when getting students into STEM. Rather than tell children that not everyone can do difficult math, for example, parents and teachers should encourage kids to try. By doing so, children are more likely to get interested and persevere in STEM studies.

"The study used data from 4,450 students in the United States who later entered college to probe why some students shun math-intensive fields. The researchers' reasoning: If a student thinks math is too difficult, they become reluctant to try it," according to USNews.com.

And that's exactly what the study found. It found that students who were encouraged to keep trying were likely to get through obstacles to learning and master the desired skills.

"Teachers who continue to believe that 'your basic intelligence can't change' – despite evidence to the contrary – may rob students of opportunities to learn and grow. Computer science and math instructors who endorse such beliefs, for instance, report being more likely to advise struggling undergraduates to their classes," the article said.

The researchers hope their study will help teachers to do away with discouragement in the STEM studies to get more interested learners in the fields.

Read the full story here.

Why Mentoring in STEM is Critical for Minorities

According to Entrepreneur.com, mentorship is a critical component that needs to be researched and tested when getting minorities interested in STEM subjects.

"One-on-one attention from a mentor enables students to envision a rewarding career they might otherwise not known about or considered out of reach. Mentors provide education and career advice, encouragement and support as students explore new fields and develop new skills," the article said.

By mentoring the up-and-coming STEM students from diverse backgrounds, it will help move American students "to the front of the pack" as well as help diversify who makes up STEM careers.

"If we work together, we can achieve a future in STEM that not only drives our nation forward but also reflects the rich diversity of our society."

Read the full story here.

 

Outstanding profile on Dr. Ayanna Howard, and how she rose to prominence, even earning a spot on MIT’s Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovators of the Year in 2003.

https://info.umkc.edu/unews/celebrating-women-in-stem-dr-ayanna-howard/

 

Meet the 2018 Women in Technology Hall of Fame Inductees:

ww.witi.com/conferences/2018/summit/hall-of-fame.php

 

The article above is about a summer program whose goal is to promote environmental science to girls. 

https://mashable.com/feature/green-girls-stem/#VKV9qUIaEaq4

 

This article is about Latina women in STEM and outlines how only 2% of Latina women work in the STEM field. The article focuses on five women in particular, and discusses what they do to change the demographics in their respective fields.

https://mashable.com/article/latinas-stem/#1E1w0PC.csqT

 

Association for Women in Mathematics website.

https://sites.google.com/site/awmmath/awm

 

Landing a Dream Career in STEM

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STEM Careers: Hot Jobs with Leading Salaries

The United States government traditionally funds and promotes industries related to STEM in order to remain internationally competitive. This has created a high-salary job field with innumerable openings across a wide array of fields. Individuals with STEM degrees and certifications can find careers across the country in academia, research laboratories, small businesses, major corporations and more. With such a wide array of subjects and fields, a STEM career exists for nearly every passion.

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