The 62nd Annual Honors and Awards Banquet - February 25, 2017

2016 EWeek Tribute from the US Crew of the International Space Station

2016 EWeek Tribute from the US Crew of the International Space Station

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Scholars challenge colleges to reform STEM learning

Scholars challenge colleges to reform STEM learning

America’s colleges and universities need to transform not only how but what they teach in introductory science courses, a group of scholars from Michigan State University argues in Science magazine.

Melanie M. Cooper and colleagues say college students are expected to learn too many facts that do not connect across their coursework or prepare them to apply scientific knowledge in their lives. They believe a different set of strategies taking hold in K-12 schools can be used to improve learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, during the first two years of college.

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Low wages not education to blame for STEM skills gap

Low wages not education to blame for STEM skills gap

Low wages rather than inadequate training are to blame for the STEM skills gap, according to research from the University of Warwick.

A new briefing paper suggests that the lack of workers with skills in science, maths, engineering and technology (STEM) and ‘soft’ communications skills is not due to problems with the education system, but to employers being unwilling to offer higher wages to suitably skilled workers.

The research was conducted by Dr Thijs van Rens associate professor in the Department of Economics.

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All-Girls FIRST Tech Team Beta Tests New Snapdragon-based Android Platform

All-Girls FIRST Tech Team Beta Tests New Snapdragon-based Android Platform

Of all the push towards STEM activities among young students, FIRST is likely one of the best programs to succeed in engaging youth in science and engineering. Founded as a nonprofit organization, FIRST not only gives students the opportunity to build and design functional robots for yearly competitions, but every so often gives them the chance to do beta testing on real products. Most recently the all-girls team Parity Bits from Lexington High School was selected to beta test a new Java-based Android platform for the FIRST Technical Challenge, or FTC.

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