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How important is the arts within STEM-centric education?

Study International – Louisa Kendal

“As we race towards a technologically advanced world, it is tempting for education to turn solely to engineering, coding and computer science. But, do the arts need space too? Programmers and tech gurus are bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the mainstream, as its applications become more widespread and it naturally integrates with our everyday life. But, as attention to computer skills and technology intensifies, it seems the arts are slipping off the education radar.” (more)

International Day Of Women & Girls In Science Highlights Neuroscience Is Our Future

Forbes – Nicole Fisher

“Last weekend global leaders in science, technology and diplomacy gathered at the United Nations and universities around the world for the 3rd Annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The overall platform aims to mobilize women in a wide range of science disciplines, contributing to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda. When only 30% of the world’s researchers are women, this call for educational awareness and advocacy could not be more important to global public health.” (more)

Highlighting the ‘E’ in STEM education

The Hill – C.D. Mote Jr.

“If you’ve ever searched the internet, shopped online, gotten a medical image, used a smart phone, or played a video game, among many other things, you’ve benefited from the C++ programming language. Most people have never heard of the C++ programming they interact with everyday. Most don’t know the engineering behind how our increasingly technologically-dependent world works. When creating something is the question, engineering is the answer. We all enjoy the handiwork of those we celebrate during National Engineers Week (February 18-24 this year).” (more)

International Day of Women and Girls in Science encourages girls to consider STEM

The Toronto Star – Fatima Syed

“Held at Facebook headquarters in Toronto, the event served as the launch of the federal government’s second phase of its plan to encourage increased female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The next phase is called “Choose Science” — a digital campaign sharing why women chose to work in the sciences. The aim is to create a network of mentors to inspire future female STEM leaders. “We need to include all people to make sure we have the right answers for our future, and if you only have men making those decisions that’s not good,” said Kate Young, parliamentary secretary for science. “(Young girls) do need to hear these stories to know there’s a place for (them).” In 1987, only 20 per cent of the people working in STEM fields were female, a number that has moved up to just 22 per cent today. Just 29.6 per cent of individuals with a post-secondary STEM credential and 26.9 per cent of those employed in a STEM-intensive occupation in Canada are women.” (more)

Fun & Engaging STEM activities for Kids

Education World – Jude McLean

“With an estimated 75% of jobs over the next decade predicted to demand skills linked to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), it’s more important than ever for educators to inspire and engage a love for these often challenging subjects. Check out these fun and engaging STEM activities that are simple to put into practice in the classroom.” (more)

How a STEM education could help students

ABC 13 – Staff Writer

“In recent years, a heavy emphasis has been placed on courses and careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, fields. Under the Obama administration, several goals were put in place to help provide opportunities in American schools in these areas including developing and recruiting STEM teachers.” (more)