Posts tagged “STEM education”
The warning is stark: "The danger we face today is the possibility that fewer people will enter highly technical fields in the decades ahead, at a time when demand for individuals with these kinds of skills is on the rise." U.S. student achievement in STEM fields lags many industrialized countries, and North Carolina students lag many states. But pharma companies are stepping in to help bridge the gap. WRALTechWire examines the report from Battelle and its implications for North Carolina as well as the U.S.
The Broadband Report: The typical school in America has the same amount of Internet access as the typical home - with 100 times more users. Capacity, not access, is what prevents North Carolina schools from properly using digital learning to improve student outcomes.
Texas is rolling back the requirement for Algebra II under pressure from lawmakers, some educators and business trade associations. They say advanced math skills aren't needed for many jobs, including those in the booming drilling industry. The move is opposed by a coalition of corporate interests including IBM Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and the Texas Association of Business.
Computer science is a discipline taught in few U.S. schools. Online education startup Coursefork is partnering with Wiley Elementary School in Raleigh to help change that. Read how Coursefork is helping locally with the "Global Hour of Code" event.
North Carolina's economy falls squarely in the middle of the pack compared to other states, according to a new state report tracking the state's progress across a wide range of economic measures. The North Carolina Department of Commerce on Thursday released the Tracking Innovation report, a snapshot of the state's performance across 38 economic indicators. Read more about the findings.
Since 2003, Kramden Institute has provided refurbished PCs to students who need computers. With help from Lenovo, Kramden is now expanding to computer instruction and STEM training. Read more about the effort.
The North Carolina New Schools organization is accepting applications for its third class of prospective STEM teachers. The 15-month program includes school-based training, online coursework and is designed to produce more teachers.
When it comes to education, SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight backs his talk with money and resources. On Monday, SAS expanded that commitment to create a better educated U.S. workforce by announcing a partnership with Teradata that will make analytics more widely available to college students - at no cost. While SAS has worked with Teradata to create the "Legion of Analytic Superheroes" to honor industry leader, this new effort is designed to generate student (and job-candidate) superheroes. The head of education at SAS talks with WRALTechWire about the decision.
High school student Brooke Johnson takes classes near her home in Jacksonville and at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Read how the statewide NCREN network allows her to do that.
SAS will host a forum on Thursday to discuss the threat posed to the U.S. by a lack of students focused on technology skills. SAS CEO Jim Goodnight and Jim Whitehurst, CEO at Red Hat, will reiterate their call for more STEM emphasis in schools. Leading the program will be Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of the new book "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap." Is the threat real? yes, says Beach, who talks with WRALTechWire about how this "skills gap" is the equivalent to a permanent recession.
SAS will host a forum on Thursday to discuss the threat posed to the U.S. by a lack of students focused on technology skills. Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of the new book "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap," is coming to SAS to discuss what he sees as a major threat to the U.S. He also says the skills debate is not about immigration. Plus, STEM change begins at home.
Following up on the first-of-its-kind "heat map" to track economic development in every North Carolina county, SAS has created a similar national map with the aim of helping further international education of U.S. students. SAS is working with the Asia Society and the Longview Foundation on the map, which was unveiled Monday. But data gathered for the project shows the U.S. needs to do more to educate students about the world - and the business opportunities available overseas.
Ed Summers has been fascinated by computers and programming since his college days at UNC. A degenerative retinal disease slowly deprived him of virtually all his vision but as a software engineer at SAS he continues to write programming and work with others who have disabilities in order to help them capitalize on the advantages of computers. With him 24 hours a day is his seeing eye dog Willie, who even has his own blog at SAS. Today in Raleigh, Summers and others will be encouraging students with disabilities to pursue STEM careers.
Editor's note: In September, WRALTechWire wrote exclusively about Triangle entrepreneur Chris Evans' efforts to bridge the technology divide in schools by providing low-priced tablet computers. He worked with former Triangle entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa on the project. Today, Wadhwa writes about how these tablets could revolutionize education.
Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out.
As CED's Tech Venture Conference drew to a close, 16 companies representing a broad array of technological innovation pitched investors, seeking at least $6.1 million. Education receives plenty of attention from startups as well as a keynote speaker and North Carolina's governor.
Lower taxes and education reform will be part of the changes that keep North Carolina competitive in years to come, Gov. Pat McCrory told an audience of about 600 people during his closing keynote speech at CED's Tech Venture Conference in Raleigh.
Opinion from Vivek Wadhwa: Frustrated that Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs "were not on focused on breakthrough technologies that will take civilization to the next level", Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship in September 2010. He paid children $100,000 not to complete their college education. His plan was to have them build world-changing companies instead of wasting their time at school and being burdened by "incredible amounts of debt." So far, however, results have been meager.
Entrepreneur Chris Evans turns to low-cost tablet computers to bring technology to underserved Raleigh students. Read more about the effort.
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