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Innovation talk: What’s behind the lack of women in science and tech?

It is a constant struggle to bring more women into the Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and to keep them there, and not just at secondary level. And even when women do engage with these subjects there is a higher attrition rate for women leaving careers coming via Stem than for men.

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A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays

For students, the benefit of tinkering with tools and developing hands-on creative projects is that they get concrete lessons in what can otherwise feel like remote theoretical topics, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). While maker-based approaches are no longer new inside educational settings, an unexpected maker space is now being piloted at a children’s hospital, where patients can routinely experience long hospital stays, often in isolation.

America’s First National Math Festival Comes to D.C. on Saturday, April 18; Invites Families to Discover the Delight and Power of Mathematics in Daily Life

Today, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) announced that the inaugural National Math Festival will take place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

School Leaders Mostly Mystified by Computer Science Education

Low-income schools are less likely than higher income schools to offer computer science (CS) classes. In all schools where computer science courses are part of the curriculum, there is no standardized set of learning standards. And most of the time CS classes are categorized as electives with a vocational slant. These results and others surfaced in a survey administered by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), a membership organization that promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines.

No Waffling on the Numbers

If you love waffles as much as we at Bedtime Math do, then you’ll love discovering how much math a waffle has to offer. In this video we show three games that you can play on your waffles. They’ll help you build speed with your math facts as well as your spatial skills. All you need is an appetite for waffles and for numbers.

 

Learn more at Science Friday.

Why women are leaving the tech industry in droves

When I moved to the Bay Area in 2007 to run the Wikimedia Foundation, the first thing that struck me was the eerie absence of women. I'd spent most of my working life at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., where we used to joke that women took power when the men went off to war in 1939, and afterward refused to give it back. At the CBC, easily half my colleagues, regardless of their gender, were overt, confident, unashamed feminists.

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ProjectCSGirls Competition for Middle School Girls

The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls. We're looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way. You must register before you begin working on your project. After you register, you will receive an email from us within a few weeks asking if you would like to request a mentor.

Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Between 2011 and 2014, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), created easy-to-read briefs on STEM education, by bringing together research and practice of interest to educators, policy-makers, funders, and STEM thought leaders. Topics included: connecting informal and formal STEM education; preparing and supporting STEM educators; college and career readiness; specialized STEM secondary schools; increasing STEM achievement; engineering; early education (prek-3); and CTE pathways/middle-skills education.

Learn more here.

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SMART Competition

The Competition promotes sustainable design, renewable technology, energy efficiency and the smart grid.

 

Learn what attributes make up ideal candidates for temporary science and medical positions

Although the economy is recovering, there is still a bit of uneasiness as we enter 2015. Because of this, companies are relying heavily on temporary employees (temp staffing revenue is up significantly, year-over-year). Two industries leading the charge are science and medical. Both industries are ripe with innovation and technology, which often calls for short-term specialty talent.

Learn more at adeccousa.com.

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