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This is how bad the gender gap is at tech companies

Looking over the diversity data released by major tech companies over the past several months paints a bleak picture of gender equality in the tech industry, as illustrated by this chart from Statista.

Women make up less than 40 percent of the workforce at Apple, Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter, and no more than one-fifth of the technical workforce at those companies. Non-technical employees at those companies are usually around 50 percent women, though Apple is an outlier in that regard with women only making up 35 percent of its non-technical workforce.


The Tech Challenge 2015: Seismic Engineering in Action

Register now for the 2015 Tech Challenge: Seismic Engineering in Action, an interactive design contest for children grades 4-12 where participants apply engineering knowledge to solve a real-life problem. Developed by the Tech Museum of Innovation, this challenge is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards as well as Common Core and aims to promote STEM learning. Additionally, the challenge includes team workshops, information clinics, trainings, lessons, and final event days.

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Report: STEM Education Lacking in Rural Areas

Opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are lacking at rural schools in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, according to a new report.

NSTA Recommendations

Exemplars real-world investigations for grades K–8 are designed to captivate students' interests and provide support for STEM education. Our inquiry-based tasks include rich teaching notes, interdisciplinary links, assessment rubrics, and annotated anchor papers. Our materials have alignments to math and national STEM concepts, and they support the Next Generation Science Standards.


Popular Science's 2015 Invention Awards

With the rise of open-source software and hardware, 3-D printing, and crowdfunding, it’s easier than ever to be a maker. Over the past year, some inventors have created potentially world-changing projects.Popular Science wants to celebrate these amazing builders, tinkerers, and DIY enthusiasts. That’s why we’re featuring them in our annual Invention Awards issue. And to find the best of the best, we need you to submit your amazing creations.

Sally Ride- Deloitte 2014-15 Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM

Sally Ride-Deloitte 2014-15 Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM. With first, second, and third place prizes at $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively, educators developing inventive new ways to promote STEM learning will earn funding for their schools. The deadline to submit entries is October 31, 2014. 

Learn more about applying here.

6 Things You Need to Know About STEM

6 things you need to know about STEM is a CNN news article that highlights some important points about STEM:

1.    Kids need to get excited about science early.

2.   STEM grads aren't just important for engineering.

3.   Fewer women are graduating with computing degrees.

4.   Not all STEM jobs are created equal.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2014

This year, science teachers and mentors have been challenged to meet the high expectations of the Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.


Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male.

Read more about this on TechCrunch & Twitter.