Inventor James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum. “My life and my day are full of failures,” he says. “Failures are interesting.” Dyson stopped by our studios to discuss innovation, global competitiveness, and his philosophy of engineering and design.
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The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va.
Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message.
The satellite, using a voice synthesizer, is built to transform that text into an audio message that can be heard over certain radio frequencies around the globe, and in different languages.
Computer science is currently the highest-paid college degree. At the same time, employers say that they cannot find employees who have the computer skills needed to succeed in their workplace. This trend is expected to only get worse, with three times as many job openings as there are qualified persons to fit them. The end result is half a billion dollars on the table per year in salary.Only one in four students in high school can take a computing class. At the university level, only one in ten schools have computer-programming courses. Less than one in forty students graduate with a degree in computer science at the same time that there is a crucial labor shortage.
We know that there is what is called a ‘gender divide’ (or gender gap) in STEM. In short, there are more men than women in STEM careers. More young men pursue STEM fields in college than young women. So why don’t more girls pursue technology careers, become scientists, or become computer scientists?
What do we do to encourage this kind of thinking with our students? Is your school a Moonshot school?
There are a lot of specially-designed STEM resources for girls that don’t get much press. We’re trying to change that with this post.
Are you an engineering student?
Pair with Dorion Sagan on why science and philosophy need each other.
- Create a common, working definition of STEM.
- Provide teachers and administrators the time and flexibility to collaborate.
- Identify and address ingrained barriers to improving STEM equity and instruction.
- Engage outside partners early — industry, post-secondary and policy makers want programs to succeed.
- Don’t get hung up on the acronym.
image via flickr:CC | The U.S. Military Academy at West Point
I wonder… What discourages kids from studying math and science and keeps them from pursuing STEM careers?
Anyone with personal experience to share? Maybe you always found science interesting but decided to choose something else as a career path? Why?
The good news is that teachers can play a huge role in helping to decrease the STEM gender gap. Erik Robelen, writing in Education Week last year , noted, “Long before women pick a college major or enter the workforce, their K-12 education sets the stage in level of interest, confidence, and achievement in STEM.” More recently, Forbes suggested reworking K-12 curriculum to cultivate interest in science and technology early and to encourage girls by offering more hands-on workshops and bringing female engineers to talk to students. What can teachers do? Some ideas pulled from the on-going discussion…
Many of the suggestion center around awareness, that girls can’t aspire to what they don’t know and aren’t introduced to. How have you tried to close the STEM gender gap?
“For years, you’ve heard about the importance of a college education and were told that any job worth having required one. You heard that higher education was scarce, and a degree in any subject would set you apart from the competition. And, once upon a time, it was true—but in 2013, it’s not.
The current employment crisis is only partly due to the recession. Another part of the problem is that there are fewer and fewer science, mathematics and engineering graduates and more and more art, psychology and communication graduates. Since we are in the midst of the technology revolution, those numbers should be reversed.
A recent study from Georgetown University showed that liberal arts degrees were accompanied by low wages—for the duration of the employee’s career. A college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in art earns about the same salary as a community college graduate. That means those last two years at a four-year school have no value on the job market.”
Take a look at this Hall of Fame for women in tech, science, engineering and math, created by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.