Vice President Joe Biden provided the keynote address at the recent Change the Equation Summit where he addressed the critical need for innovative STEM education.
The standard narrative today is that science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education is important because we need more data scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals. But promoting STEM education is critical for another reason: it teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today. STEM education is linked to success not only in STEM fields, but in many other disciplines and even among many of the world’s most wealthy and powerful people.
Minnesota Math Corps is an AmeriCorps program that provides trained math tutors for students grades four through eight.
Minnesota Math Corps continues to grow its base of tutors and students every year. Since 2007, Math Corps has reached more than 4,500 students by training and placing much-needed tutors in schools across Minnesota. The program has plans to place more than 150 tutors in over 100 elementary, middle and junior high schools during the 2014-2015 school year.
The program is seeking tutors for the upcoming year. More information can be found here.
Most science, technology, engineering, and math degree-holders seek jobs unrelated to their academic disciplines, according to a report from the US Census Bureau.
As part of a recent White House Science Fair, Americorps announced a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education.
A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18,000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. Americorps is also joining with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families. This expansion builds on existing STEM AmeriCorps partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations.
Altogether, these efforts engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning – building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.
Sustaining STEM: Maintaining the Movement, Widening the Circle
October 8-10, 2014
STEM is now a much-debated and, perhaps, much-hyped topic for educators, policymakers, and theoreticians. As advocates for STEM education, we must consider whether we’re nearing the zenith of interest in STEM, whether our efforts to expand access to STEM resources is as inclusive as it should be, and what must we do to ensure STEM remains at the forefront of education policymakers’ and problem-solvers’ minds.
Triangle Coalition is seeking proposals for its 14th Annual STEM Education Conference that will address these and other critical questions for the STEM community. New this year, we are also accepting proposals for pre-conference webinar presentations.
All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, June 27, 2014. Learn more in the Call for Presentations.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00
Microsoft Technology Center
3601 76th Street West, Suite 600, Edina, MN 55435
Come and meet others who are passionate about STEM. Learn about what’s going on in the STEM community. Get engaged with the MN STEM Network. Learn how a business like Microsoft supports the STEM community.
The Microsoft Technology Center is a collaborative environment that provides access to innovative technologies and world-class expertise, enabling you to envision, design, and deploy solutions. Microsoft partners with various schools, community organizations, and government agencies to offer students an inside look at Microsoft and the different career opportunities in technology.
One of their signature programs is DigiGirlz, which provides high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about. They also host “Community Days” which offer free consulting for non-profits.