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Thursday, January 29, 2015

‘Maker Space’ Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

NPR – Noah Nelson

“All around the country, computer hackers, artists and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in “maker spaces,” to share tools and build cool stuff together, such as robots or musical instruments. Maker spaces are popping up in all sorts of places: school auditoriums, libraries, under tents at community festivals, and now, even at the hospital. At Vanderbilt University’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., the maker space comes in the form of a large metal cart, carrying materials and tools young patients can use to create objects…The point of this maker space isn’t just to give kids with long hospital stays something cool to do. It’s a pilot program designed by Krishnan to solve the problem of teaching science and math skills to kids inside hospitals.”(more)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

An Investment in Education for the Next Generation of STEM Innovators Is a Smart Bet

The Huffington Post – Vivian R. Pickard

“It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has steadily increased over the years. As that price tag continues to rise, it becomes even more important for parents and their college-aged children to seriously consider the schools and majors they choose…As the focus on innovation and technology in American industries continues to sharpen, the need for qualified applicants in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields will also become more evident. Students who choose a STEM-related major can expect to enter a market where the number of jobs is projected to grow twice as fast as jobs in other fields over the next five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

‘Embrace engineering’s creative side’ to fix skills crisis

BBC News – Judith Burns

“Engineers should embrace the arts as being key to creativity and an important component of innovation, crucial to creating new products and boosting future competitiveness, argued Sir John O’Reilly, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.”(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?

Education Week – Anne Jolly

“The purpose of STEAM should not be so much to teach art but to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning…We need students who are motivated and competent in bringing forth solutions to tomorrow’s problems. When push comes to shove, it’s not STEM vs. STEAM—it’s about making every student a fully-literate 21st-century citizen.”(more)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Educator: Critical thinking key to STEM success

Springfield News-Sun – Katie Wedell

“In order to compete in the global economy, students should be encouraged to explore the STEM fields, but not at the expense of becoming well-rounded, critical thinkers…the most successful thinkers, the ones who will cure cancers and solve global warming, are those who have the creativity to think innovatively, the confidence to put their ideas out there and the technical skills and knowledge to bring their ideas to into reality…” (more)

From High School To High Tech: Bridging The Talent Gap In The Innovation Economy

Forbes – Rebecca O. Bagley

“Much innovation today is taking place behind closed doors – in labs or design studios…By the time our students are developing an interest for these innovations, our businesses are on to the next big thing. This disconnect poses a threat to the future of our workforce…today’s student who should be exposed to an entrepreneurial curriculum, provided with real life experiences…” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Community Colleges: Helping the U.S. Become “First in the World”

Homeroom – Ted Mitchell

“…community colleges are often at the forefront of innovation. They also promote the dual goals of academics and career readiness…helping students and our nation skill up for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Global Model for STEM Education

The Huffington Post – Vince Bertram

“The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report…highlighted a growing problem – we are not on track to maintain this historical preeminence. The reason: our country’s workforce skills gap…At the K-12 level…We are not equipping our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful…” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Build More Than Just A Resume: Seven Ways STEM Builds Character

The Huffington Post – Alicia Chang

“Hardly a week passes without a news story that touts the benefits of studying a STEM field. There is little doubt that majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline can lead to a cushy gig at a buzz worthy tech company with great perks…But beyond getting a high-paying tech job, what else is STEM good for? The answers might surprise you.” (more)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Future Success Can Be Taught

The Huffington Post – Lydia Dobyns

“…students participating in educational opportunities that demand critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation and problem solving skills graduate on time and thrive in four-year colleges.” (more)