Summer Mixed the Future of STEM with Blasts from the Past

Snoopy and friends made a long-awaited return to their old NASA home this summer, among other interesting developments in STEM education, some retro and others very now, indeed.

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Access and Diversity Occupy Attention at STEM Solutions Meeting

Questions about access to STEM education and how to connect it to students’ existing interests dominated discussions at this year’s always-interesting U.S. News STEM Solutions meeting.

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Round-Up: Holiday Fun, a Mixed ESSA Bag, and Perhaps a Reprieve from the Robots

A dash of engineering for the holidays, an education law with something for everyone, and the hair dryer that fried IBM.

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Round-Up: Highlights from STEM Solutions

The U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference burst at the seams with insights and opinions about the state of STEM education and where it's going. Read a summary of the highlights across topics like diversity, workforce retention, and STEM learning.

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"Nobody's Figured It Out": Diversity and Outreach

The first step in solving the STEM diversity problem is effective outreach. Only problem - it's really hard to do. Take a closer look at why people so often get it wrong, and how some people get it right.

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Round-up: About that Bus Full of Lawyers...

Diversity concerns lead the week following International Women's Day, the guilty-pleasure US News graduate school rankings are out, and engineering blows by law school as the education of choice for those in search of job opportunities and good pay.

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Are African-American Women Overachieving in Engineering?

Not only are African-Americans in engineering notably under-represented, but their graduation rates have in fact gone down in recent years. Rates for African-American women in engineering, though, present some intriguing questions. Could they in fact be overachieving in engineering?

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Hispanics in Engineering Pick Up the Pace

Hispanics in engineering have been earning an increasing share of all post-secondary degrees, especially at the bachelor's and master's levels. Even so, they remain under-represented in engineering and lag their white peers in rates of degree completion. Extensive outreach operations seek to boost Hispanics' accomplishments in STEM with comprehensive support across diverse, education-related fronts.

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The Problem with the "Pipeline"

Pipelines are dank, dark, generally inhospitable places. As a dominant image and mindset in engineering outreach about bringing girls into engineering, "pipeline" does the field no favors. But new approaches people are using to draw more women into engineering are paying off.

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Got Engineers? Workforce Development and Diversity in Engineering

For all that engineering is said to be everywhere, K-12 audiences command a limited, often wrong grasp of what engineers do. This presents some daunting facts for us to reckon with in devising efforts to expand participation in the field, whether for workforce needs or broadening diversity in engineering. 

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