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Posted June 22, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Afro-american woman in computer programming class and smiling

Far more men than women major in the computer sciences, and Gloria Childress Townsend, professor of computer science at DePauw University in Indiana, thinks she knows why. “Ask a young girl to draw a computer scientist, and she draws a male caricature dressed in a white coat and wearing thick glasses,” she said. “There isn’t a clear, accurate picture in the media of the types of IT careers one can have that involve people and engaging ideas.” Women miss out when they don’t consider majoring in computer science, she said. “Young women can take any interest – art, business, health ...

Posted April 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
Young woman studying outside on a college campus in the summer.

A classroom might seem like the last place you’d want to spend those precious few weeks of summer vacation, but if it’s a college-level classroom, there might be all kinds of benefits. “Taking college courses during the summer can be a great way to start to get a feel for the academic expectations of a college classroom and can enhance the rigor of your high school curriculum,” says Mike Lynch, director of undergraduate admission at Emerson College in Boston who meets lots of high school students at Emerson’s summer programs. “Doing well in a college course can help admission officers ...

Posted March 6, 2018, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Discover Your Future in Our Guide to STEM Colleges and Programs

It’s easy if you’re a high school student to dismiss talk about your future as just more blah-blah-blah. And 20 years ago, it might have been OK to put that discussion off until you got to college, or hit senior year of college, or, not so rarely, graduated from college. Now, you need to be on top of things and we can provide it with our latest guide to STEM Colleges & Programs. The world is moving quickly, and you don’t want to miss out. And where does it seem to be picking up the most speed? In the STEM ...

Posted Feb. 23, 2018, 8 a.m. by Christina June | View Comments
4 Reasons for High School STEM Students to Try Something New This Summer

It’s junior year in high school and you’re trying to figure out your plans for the summer. You’ve been told your whole life that the choices you make each summer can affect college admissions. So for students who’ve enjoyed STEM classes in high school, it probably feels natural to look for an internship in a doctor’s office or a research lab. But thinking outside the box and choosing a non-STEM high school summer program can help STEM majors acquire some pretty amazing skills, which ultimately will help them in their chosen fields. Here are some benefits that come with choosing ...

Posted Feb. 15, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Missouri University of Science and Technology: Katelyn Brinker

Katelyn Brinker is in a dual-degree program in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program? I've always been a problem-solver, a go-getter and someone eager to learn. STEM allows me to combine who I am with my interests to advance my field and make an impact. How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was right for you? In high school, I had the opportunity to participate inProject Lead The Way (PLTW) courses, which allowed me to see how I could combine ...

Posted Feb. 14, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Edinboro University: Jessica Porter

Jessica Porter is a senior studying early childhood education for grades pre-K-4 and special education for grades K-8 at Edinboro University. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program? Courtesy of my undergraduate classes and field experiences, I have learned the importance and emphasis of STEM in early childhood education. I was eager to learn how to incorporate STEM across the curriculum and develop engaging, hands-on STEM opportunities for my students. How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I am currently a senior at Edinboro University studying early childhood ...

Posted Feb. 13, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Pennsylvania College of Technology: Garrett Corneliussen

Garrett Corneliussen is studying welding and fabrication engineering technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Have you always been interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields? Funny, I actually was not too big on science and math when I was younger. It wasn't until I learned how these subjects are relevant and useful in everyday life that I became enthused. Now, everywhere I look I see STEM, and I never want to stop learning. What is it about welding that captured your attention? Taking welding courses in high school, I was instantly drawn to the mix of industry and ...

Posted Feb. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Vermont Technical College: Manny Aretakis

Manny Aretakis is pursuing a dual-degree at Vermont Tech in Randolph Center, VT. Why did you choose to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program? I grew up with a fascination for how machines work, how they were assembled, repaired and modified. I knew at an early age that I wanted the skills to be able to design and build projects of my own and this is what lead my desire to pursue an engineering degree. How did you decide which STEM field was right for you? I’ve always been a hands-on learner and I wanted to ...

Posted Jan. 25, 2018, 5 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Syracuse University: Julia Jesse

Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program? I always enjoyed math and science and I was good at it. I wanted to be in a meaningful career where I felt every day I was doing something to impact the world and solve the problems in the world around me. With engineering, that’s what you’re doing. You’re solving real world problems. I wanted to see the impact of my work as an engineer. How did you decide which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field was right for you? I chose mechanical engineering, because I wanted to work in ...

Posted Jan. 4, 2018, 4 p.m. by Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon | View Comments
The 5 Writing Skills Every STEM Student Should Know

The good news: You are passionate about studying in a STEM program. You can imagine college courses focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The not-so-good news: You still have to know how to write. That’s because STEM subjects, like every other field of study, are about communicating ideas. Think of communication as a bridge. You’re at one end, trying to make someone at the other end understand a message. Obviously, the shorter the bridge, the easier it will be for your message to be heard. Good communicators – good writers – use effective language to shorten that bridge. Your ...

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