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Category: STEM

Posted July 17, 2014, 10:29 a.m. by Sara Zhou | View Comments
computer programming

There is one subject area that is becoming vitally important in our global industry: it ensures the information we want to access arrives quickly, and yet most schools do not require classes in this field. Students gain a solid foundation in nineteenth-century British literature, and yet many remain woefully misinformed about computer programming. Ask an average student what the differences are between two common programming languages — say, Python and Java — and your efforts may be rewarded with a bewildered “Why are you comparing snakes with coffee beans?” The Need: Program or Be Programmed The truth is that in ...

Posted April 22, 2014, 11:17 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Alexis Ohanian, reddit.com Founder, on STEM Education

The world in 2014 would not be the same without the Internet. Without science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the tool that we all use daily would have never been created. The ability to share information is what makes the Internet so revolutionary. Over the past two decades or so, Internet users have gained access and credibility, and are able to write, post, and share almost anything online. The Internet today is more like a “democracy” for users than ever before. Alexis Ohanian, nicknamed “The Mayor of the Internet,” played a huge role in forming this democracy. Reddit.com Ohanian is ...

Posted April 19, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

Why is it so important for girl students to study science, technology, engineering, and math? To Drive Innovation STEM education for girls ensures that our society benefits from the talents of the entire population. “If we can’t embrace the most basic level of diversity, then we’ve squandered half of the brain power available to us to make the world a better place,” asserts Adriane Brown, President & Chief Operating Officer of Intellectual Ventures, a firm that invests in inventors and innovative technologies. Brown captures the most universally compelling reason the world needs gender equity in STEM-related professions—without females, the field ...

Posted April 18, 2014, 12:37 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why Students Should  Intern at Tech Companies

In the 2013 Glassdoor report of the 50 best companies to work for, 20 of those companies were tech companies, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. While high school students still have a few years before they enter the workforce, there are many opportunities for teenagers to become interns. Some of the best companies to intern for—not surprisingly—are these same tech companies. Salaries The biggest perk of interning at a tech company? The salaries are unbeatable. In fact, the highest paying internship this year, with a monthly salary of $7,000, is at Palantir, a Palo Alto, California software company—that’s the ...

Posted April 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
6 Unique Careers in STEM

A career in STEM doesn’t have to be a stereotypical job in engineering or research. It can be innovative, creative, and unique. Take a look at six of the most cutting-edge and coolest careers in STEM. 6 Unique Careers in STEM 1. Music Data Journalist A music data journalist helps educate music industry professionals on the value of data and technology. They play a large role in forming and analyzing music charts. A music data journalist works daily with graphic design, studies current events in the music industry, and searches for industry data trends. 2. EA Environmental Scanner The EA ...

Posted April 11, 2014, 11 a.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
Why STEM Is Important NOW

The U.S. Government is making STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education a national priority. President Obama and the Department of Education have detailed the issues of STEM education, and have concrete goals and actions in place to fix these problems. The lack of STEM education in our country, proven by numbers, figures and data, has led to tangible initiatives to improve these areas of study. And in this country, political initiatives are backed by one very important factor: Money. Although education policy and budgeting isn’t the most interesting news to look out for, it is time to start paying ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 10:23 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Turning STEM into STEAM

We have all heard the popular rallying cry. Advances in science, technology, engineering, and math—STEM fields—will drive innovation and put America back on the road to economic prosperity. But a growing group of people and institutions recognize the equally crucial role of art and design in invention and advocate incorporating art into STEM, transforming it into “STEAM.” Combining Left and Right Brain Thinking The recognition of the collaborative power of art and science is not new. Think about iconic Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci known for his masterpiece paintings as well as his flying machine concepts. Or the early ...

Posted March 30, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Turning STEM into STEAM Pt. II

In the movement towards STEAM education, high schools and colleges have been paving the way. High Schools The lead art teacher at Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts is making good on RISD’s second objective for the STEAM movement. For several years, RISD alumnus and art teacher Meghan Reilly Michaud has partnered with the high school’s math department to teach “Geometry Through the Lens of Art,” a museum field trip during which students examine the ways that artistic perspectives and geometric concepts are inherently related. Due to her advocacy, Andover has officially incorporated STEAM into their 2013 – 2015 system-side ...

Posted March 29, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
STEM into STEAM

Along with students and businesses, artists also find insipration in science. Other Times, Scientists Inspire Artists Sculptor Rebecca Kamen was motivated by the work of 19th Century Spaniard Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. The scientist’s drawings of the human retina launched the artist’s sculpture series, her three-month residency at the National Institute of Health, and trip to Madrid to conduct research in Cajal’s archives. RISD alumna Rebecca Kamen works with scientists to help visualize research. (From STEM to STEAM web site: http://www.risd.edu/about/news/2013/visualizing-the-unseen/ ) While studying mathematics at Yale University, Bathsheba Grossman dabbled in a few art ...

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 12:50 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
STEAM Doodle 4 Google Competition

Recognizing the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for a prosperous future, both leaders in industry and academia encourage students to pursue studies and careers in these disciplines. Many educators and businesses, including Google, also appreciate the integral role of art and design in driving innovation. For them, STEM plus Art = STEAM. Doodle 4 Google Google will support their belief in STEAM with the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition, enticing us with the line, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” on the homepage of their search engine. The competition’s description ...

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