Girls Flip the Script (Again) on National STEM Test

The achievement gap between girls and boys widened with the 2018 NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy test. Girls averaged five points higher than boys on the test this time. The innovative test rewards “soft” skills and content knowledge alike, an example that schools might do well to emulate.

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Left Out by Design, or How the STEM Gender Gap Leads to Lousy Products

Too few women participating on design teams leads to too many products that work for only half the population. From seat belts to medicine to protective clothing, goods meant for general use have long been designed with just men in mind. Closing the STEM gender gap can help remedy this kind of design failure.

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8 Great Videos to Teach the Engineering Design Process

Videos about the engineering design process can make an abstract, seemingly vague topic into something interesting and fun for students to learn about and apply. These 8 videos run the gamut of approach and emphasis, but all deliver a useful, engaging treatment of the issue. There’s something here for all ages, from elementary to high school.

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The Budget Request; or, Wait, Haven’t We Seen This Before?

The White House budget request kicked off another appropriations cycle that promises to look like previous ones. That is, a discarded set of funding proposals, Congress moving ahead in fits and starts on its own, a continuing resolution or two, all setting up another shutdown drama in the fall. So, nothing much to see here.

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Engineering a Growth Area in Education and Beyond

More and more students are crowding into engineering classrooms every year. The new, 3rd edition of our Engineering Career Guide shows why the field is an exciting, accessible career option for students of all kinds. Engineering educators and advocates can use it to show middle and high school students how engineering is a driving force behind green technologies and a bounty of other innovations that make our lives better, safer, and even just more fun.

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Cybersecurity Summer Camps Are Heating Up

Summer camps in cybersecurity have proliferated all across the country in short order. Camps offer varied learning opportunities for students of all kinds, whether going to college or straight into the workforce. And many camps take aim at a startling gender gap in the field, offering girls-only environments for a different kind of learning experience.

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STEM Seems Strong in the New Congress

Our read on support for STEM education in the 116th Congress is guardedly optimistic. The turnover in control from Republicans to Democrats should have little impact on the generally bipartisan favor the field has enjoyed. What comes out of the White House, on the other hand, can scramble anything. Watch the budget request for clues.

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Not Just for Tech-Heads: How to Swell the Ranks of the Cybersecurity Workforce

Enlarging the future cybersecurity workforce will require new ways of talking about the field to more diverse groups of students. The first step is showing how much more than just technical knowledge gets rewarded in the field.

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Shoring Up the Foundation of STEM Education

One of the slenderest reeds in the STEM education field is the capacity of elementary educators to prepare students for STEM success. No fault of theirs, to be sure – elementary educators are always being asked to do more and more. Here are some tips and resources for helping early learners start a rewarding, enriching STEM journey.

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How to Show Students that Cybersecurity Can Work for Them

The Start Engineering Cybersecurity Student Workbook can open up possibilities and opportunities in the field for students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds. And to meet our cybersecurity needs, we need students from every related field to make their own, unique contributions. For the classroom, afterschool, career night, or at home, this Workbook will point students to the cybersecurity career that’s right for them.

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In Cybersecurity, Change Describes Education and Threats Alike

Cybersecurity education is the long-term solution to workforce needs, and exciting things are happening in the field. Find out how gamification, competitions, and integration with other K-12 subjects can open the field up to new populations of students who might not think they belong.

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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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