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Encouraging Youth Participation in STEM Starts at Home
To meet the rapidly-growing demand for qualified STEM professionals and develop the next generation of leaders, we must foster students’ passion for STEM subjects.
An Influential Researcher on How Passion Will Carry You Far in Your Field
Zhenan Bao, chemical engingeering professor at Stanford University,
discusses her experience as a woman in STEM, and as one of the most decorated female researchers of our time.
How Afghan Women are Building Up Communities With Coding
How the founder of the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan helps students bridge the diversity gap and contribute to their communities in unprecedented ways.
The 22-Year-Old NASA Engineer Working to Send a Rocket to Mars
Tiera Fletcher, a rocket structural analysis engineer at the Boeing Company, is no average young woman. In fact, she's out of this world.
Creating a STEM Culture in Our Schools
Creating a STEM culture in our country goes beyond providing educators with the tools to teach students curriculum geared towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
A Greater Interest in STEM Education Means a Brighter Future for Everyone
Building enthusiasm for STEM will involve solving problems. By connecting STEM subjects to real world problems, we can build enthusiasm among students, leading to a better future for everyone.
How Science Informs the Stories On Hollywood's Silver Screen
Entertainment is getting smarter thanks to a slew of science-based movies and television programs, and the experts who help ensure your favorites get the facts (mostly) straight.
To Make STEM Less of a Boy’s Club, Encourage Young Girls and Women
Early life moments influence young girls’ educational plans and career pursuits in STEM fields.
How One Science Teacher Promotes Confidence in Her Classroom
Milken Educator Award winner Aja Brown brings a hands-on, data-driven approach to science education and inspires students to be the best they can be.
I’m Not A Weather Girl, I’m A Meteorologist
Television’s top female meteorologists are pushing back against the term “weather girls” and the misinformation surrounding it.
NASA Trains the Next Generation of Scientists with Innovative Programming
Today’s students are becoming tomorrow’s scientists and explorers thanks to NASA’s abundance of hands-on opportunities in STEAM fields.
Discovering NASA’s Sisterhood of STEM Pioneers
Throughout NASA’s 58-year history, women have played a pivotal role breaking barriers, but their legendary and impactful work in STEM started even earlier.
The Future of Women in STEM
America’s STEM workforce plays a crucial role in driving innovation, yet women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders. What gives?
How Project Lead The Way Is Revolutionizing Elementary School Math-Science Education
Educators wanting to incorporate STEAM initiatives in the classroom are leading students to their hidden math-science potential.
How One Female Exec Is Using Market Research to Brew Success
Let’s raise a glass to Jodi Harris, a market researcher who’s breaking up the beer world’s boy’s club and encouraging more young women to do the same.
Did You Hear the One About Loni Love?
Before becoming a successful comedian, the cohost of The Real was a successful engineer.
Emily Calandrelli Is Going Where No One Has Gone Before
Host of “Xploration Outer Space”, “Bill Nye Saves the World” correspondent and MIT graduate Emily Calandrelli shares her vision for women and girls in STEAM.
STEM Partnerships Can Inspire Girls to Taking Action
An all-female high school architecture team made history. Encouraging STEM in high school could inspire more students to follow.
The Power of Mentoring in Recruiting and Retaining STEM Diversity
Providing mentors for girls and young women in STEM fields can increase diversity and retention rates.
How a Young Girl Chased Her STEM Passion
It’s hard to ignore the negativity some people throw at women, but for one teenager, she didn’t let it defeat her passion for STEM.
Engaging Girls in STEM Starts in Kindergarten
For decades, employers and educators have attempted to bridge a growing gender divide in STEM-related careers and majors. The key to fixing it lies in the earliest grades of our elementary schools.
Leveling the Playing Field in STEM for High School Students
From 2012 to 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be nine million new science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
Five Women Who Are Changing Market Research for the Better
You don’t have to don a lab coat to discover new things. Women are following their passions and curiosities through market research.
Results From a New Study By the Nonprofit Women in Research (WIRe)
Results from a new study by the nonprofit Women in Research can help guide companies to drive gender parity in their workforces.
Women Are at the Forefront of Medical Innovation
Women with a passion for research and a desire to make a lasting impact on health care should give strong consideration to a career.
What to Consider When Considering a Career in Clinical Research
Kathy Kimmel, a senior clinical research associate, explains how she has navigated and become a leader in her field.
The Research Is In: The Case for Being Yourself at Work
Kristen Harmeling of YouGov speaks of the importance of finding a mentor and pursuing your passions.
How to Overcome Gender Bias in Manufacturing
Mediaplanet sat with Aneesa Muthana, President of Pioneer Service Inc, to discuss women in manufacturing, overcoming the gender gap and her inspiration.
How Three Inspired Young Women Became the Future of STEM
Setting up role models for young girls inspires them to pursue careers in STEM.
The Evolving Future of Diversity in the STEM Workforce
STEM occupations are growing 7.2 percent above the national average, highlighting STEM’s national influence on the economy, innovation and global competitiveness.
A Collaboration in Action Can Help Girls “Fly”
Collaborative work amongst STEM initiatives can lessen the gender gap and leave a lasting impact on the lives of girls.
Technology Changes the Way Students Learn in STEM Classrooms
John McGowan is a Product Manager at Texthelp. Mediaplanet sat down with him to discuss utilizing new technology in the classroom.
What it Takes to Be a Role Model in STEAM
These women are taking a more vocal stand for better representation and equal treatment in engineering, science and technology after decades of inequality in the STEAM field.
Why Women Are Becoming an Increasing Force in the Gaming Industry
PopCap’s Cara Ely and Heather Hazen explain how they climbed the ladder in the gaming industry—and have an idea for how more young girls can, too.
Retaining More Women in STEM
With our collective voice, we can inspire and empower girls and women to both pursue and persist in STEM.
If Construction Revitalized the U.S. Economy By 2040
Fast-forward to the year 2040: What does America look like, and how did we get there? The following is a detailed consideration of those questions.
3 Ways to Prevent Construction-Related Suicide
The construction industry is at heightened risk for mental health problems, substance abuse and suicide.
Discovering the Underrepresented, Underestimated Women in STEM
Women in Technology International (WITI) partnered with 451 Alliance and Robert Half Technology to survey women working in STEM and see how they felt about their chosen career paths.
Emily Pilloton Is Building an Inspirational Path for Young Girls
This remarkable entrepreneur builds with her students and demolishes stereotypes of what the construction industry should look like.
Breaking Up the Boys Club in STEM Workplaces
Implicit bias can affect everything from hiring and promotions to performance evaluations and compensation in the engineering workplace.
Improving Transparency in Architecture’s Push to Become More Sustainable
If the sustainability movement of the last 45 years taught all of us to reduce, reuse, recycle then resilience calls for a belt-and-suspenders approach.
When It Comes to Girls in STEM, Companies Mean Business
Few women are reaping the benefits of STEM careers, but U.S. companies can help change that.
“Empire” Actress Taraji P. Henson Shoots For the Stars
In “Hidden Figures”, Taraji P. Henson portrays NASA mathematician and space pioneer Katherine Johnson.
How Tech Helps Women and How Women Can Help Tech
How can we get more women involved in STEM fields to build the great tech products of tomorrow?
An Honest Look at Our 2016 STEM Workforce
Taken together, the STEM fields are in the midst of a perplexing slump. There is an abundance of demand but a lack of awareness and structure prepping young minds for the job.
How Women’s Innovation Is Shattering STEM Stereotypes
While women were once considered unfit to be engineers, it’s becoming clear that we’re exactly what the industry needs.
Reprogramming 4 of Manufacturing’s Biggest Myths
From the decline of 6 million jobs between 2000 and 2010 to a less-than-glamorous reputation, a career in manufacturing may seem dismal—unless you know the facts.
10 In-Demand Jobs That Require STEM
Wondering where all the jobs are? These fruitful careers have openings—if you have a STEM background.
Revamping the Role Models Our Kids Aspire To
Something big was happening at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis last April, but the 40,000 people in the stands weren’t there to root for a professional sports team.
How Tech Education Could Be Your Golden Ticket to Career Success
Other countries are outperforming the United States in technological fields. A new push for education in science, technology, engineering and math is our way back to the top.
Mentorship Improves Retention for Women in STEM Fields
Recruiting and retaining diverse talent is at the forefront of the STEM agenda—and mentors are the key.
NASA Leads the Next Generation of Thinkers and Tinkers
As we progress along our journey to Mars, we’re counting on today’s young people to be the leaders of tomorrow. They are the Mars Generation.
Inside a Day at the Girls Who Code Summer Program
In middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in STEM subjects yet less than 1 percent choose computer science as a college major.
Young Guru Gives Engineering a New Face
The man behind Jay-Z's prolific hit "Empire State of Mind" always loved music and engineering. Now he's spreading the word to kids all over the country that STEM education can be something different.
What Women Want: Careers in STEM
Childhood conditioning makes young girls feel like pursuing a career in STEM fields is unattainable, but with self-motivation and a good support system, women are more than capable of moving into a male-dominated industry.
Forecasting the Future Demand for STEM Skills
The American economy is at a crossroads. With changes in technology and employability outpacing our educational institutions, we had better catch up.
How the Art of Mentoring Is Helping Women Excel in STEM Fields
As girls grow up, they are told they can be anything. But as girls grow up and enter college STEM classes they often feel pushed out by boys or pulled out by girlfriends and sometimes faculty comments.
Making A Solid Investment: Women in STEM
Nationally, women earn close to 60 percent of bachelor's degrees, but only 20 percent of the degrees in computer science. We asked a variety of women and girls in the field—what gives?
Tomorrow’s Welders Need STEM Skills Today
Can you imagine a world where employment opportunities in manufacturing flow in abundance like wine from a bottomless cup?
With Women, STEM Industry Finds New Frontiers
Recruitment and retention of women is a top priority for companies in STEM industries.
Behind the Helmet: Leland Melvin on Setbacks, Purpose and Inspiration
The astronaut opens up about the personal inspiration and setbacks that brought him to such heights, and how STEM needs the ‘Arts’ to power America’s next generation on STEAM.
Ask an Expert: STEM Education at a Glance
From chemical engineering to marine architecture, STEM jobs are everywhere. Here the industry’s leading voices unite to discuss the importance of diversifying the STEM workforce.
Giving Back: How Students Are Using Technology to Help the Community
Students are combining their STEM education and community projects with impressive and meaningful results.
Calling the Explorers of Tomorrow: NASA Wants You
NASA Kids’ Club is designed to start students in K-4 on an interactive journey of exploration and discovery.
Bridging the STEM Attraction Gap (Infographic)
The poor access students have to engaging and relevant courses in science, technology, engineering and math in the U.S. is directly affecting their interest in STEM careers. Hands-on learning helps spark interest and bridges the STEM attraction gap.
The Ticket to Tomorrow: Educating a New Generation in Computer Science
Regardless of a student's ultimate field of study or occupation, no other subject will open as many doors in the 21st century as computer science.
Bringing STEM to Every Student in America
Computing jobs are growing faster than almost any other job out there, but fewer women are learning computer science than decades ago. Now we have a chance to turn the trend around.
4 Reasons Why Women Are Spearheading the Growth of STEM for Businesses
STEM skills are fundamental to our future success. Every business depends on STEM. And although many are challenged to find qualified women, there is good news—change is afoot.
will.i.am Sings the Praises of STEM
The pop music heavyweight is challenging America’s students to get excited about science, technology, engineering and math.
Mayim Bialik: Star to Scientist
Star of “The Big Bang Theory” talks about her real life passion for neuroscience and encourages more girls to do the same.
Mae Jemison: Orbiting History
The nation’s first African-American female astronaut to travel in space, Dr. Mae Jemison, tackles STEM education.
STEM: The Building Blocks of Tomorrow
In order to facilitate growth, we must increase the number of those pursuing careers in STEM and encourage the underrepresented to chase the same dreams.
Tomorrow’s Problem Solvers: Growing a Strong STEM Workforce
Sixty percent of U.S. employers are having difficulties finding qualified workers to fill vacancies at their companies.
STEM Literacy: Are We Keeping Up?
For all of the happy talk about the importance of STEM education, there has been surprisingly little progress toward improvement.
STEM Drives Our Nation’s Journey to Mars
NASA is on a journey to mars, and students who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) today are a cricital link to that work. It will be today’s students who help us address the challenge.
Seeing the Career Paths Opened by STEM
Educators across the country are promoting science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in an effort to better engage students and connect classrooms to careers.
How STEM Is Advancing a Jobs-Driven Economy
What will it take to close the STEM skills gap and lead a STEM workforce revolution?
Introducing Girls to Careers in Technology
Reshma Saujani, CEO and founder of Girls Who Code, joins us in conversation about the ways schools can get girls excited about careers in computer science and other technological fields.
Bill Nye Saves the World of STEAM Education
Educator, activist and television personality Bill Nye is a new kind of superhero in a world where science and technology are in danger.
Without Women in Research, We Can’t Fully Understand the World
Unblocking the talent pipeline is the first step toward bringing more women into the technology industry.
4 Tips for Recruiting and Retaining University Women in STEM Fields
Offer bias training, regularly assess your work environment and make sure no one falls through the cracks.
Melinda Gates Wants to See More Women in Tech
The philanthropist knows firsthand what it’s like to be a woman in the field. Now she wants to change the industry.
Four Women at NASA Discuss How Their Careers Have Lifted Off
While they don't all physically work together, their relationships as fellow women in the male-dominated field have helped support each other.
Danni Washington Makes Waves by Getting Girls into Science
Science communicator Danni Washington knows how to encourage more young girls to get interested in science – bring them to the ocean.
Harness Your Child’s Curiosity for an Early STEM Education
When your child asks a question, a thoughtful and meaningful response can be the beginning of their interest in STEM fields.
Meet the Scientist Training and Mentoring the Next Generation of Female Scientists
Cigall Kadoch is a science and healthcare trailblazer. A medical researcher, healthcare business leader and a professor, she knows many sides of the industry. She’s also just 32 years old.
The Importance of Digital Citizenship
Being a good digital citizen is more than simply knowing your way around the web.
Is Your Child Learning in a STEM Desert?
Regardless of your children’s future, more and more education advocates believe they need firm foundations in math and science — and a group of advocates is developing a tool to let you know whether your student is learning in a STEM hotspot or a STEM desert.
3 Ways Employers Can Help Empower the Next Generation
Due to workplace projections, it is critical that employers partner with educators in order to grow talent, bridge the gap between our current and future STEM workforce and support students in choosing STEM as a career.
Math Classes Aren’t What They Used to Be (and That’s a Good Thing)
Teachers are transforming the classroom to make mathematics more engaging and accessible to students, which is causing an unprecedented improvement in student development.
Why Should We Invest in STEM Education?
In spite of the word STEM now being a household term, there is still work to be done to increase exposure to and awareness of STEM opportunities and pathways.
Astronaut Abby Encourages STEM Dreams for Girls & Minorities
Astronaut Abby’s life mission is to go to space. Since the age of 4, when she would stand outside in the freezing Minnesota winters staring up at the night sky, she has done everything in her power to make that dream come true.
How “Black Panther” Star Letitia Wright Is Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Innovators
As Shuri in the international blockbuster “Black Panther,” Letitia Wright is inspiring girls around the globe to be a new kind of princess.
5 Ways to Spark STEM Interest in Girls
The loss of interest and engagement in STEM programs and careers for girls is well documented. And while women make up half of the workforce, only 29 percent participate in STEM careers, with even lower numbers in computer science.
5 Reasons Students Should Learn to Code
Is coding the new literacy? Research by the Consortium for School Networking predicts coding will drive K-12 ed-tech adoption for at least the next two years. Why is it so critical for students to learn basic coding skills at a young age?
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