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April 2008
STEM Equity Pipeline News

ARTICLES

Programs Aim for Growth in STEM Achievement-and Interest-Among Underrepresented Groups

Raising the performance of underrepresented groups in STEM-related subjects-and sparking their enthusiasm for those disciplines-has become a major focus of policymakers in recent years. Yet many uncertainties remain about how best to accomplish those goals.

The Computer Education Is Math on Performance Enhancing Drugs

Computing is essentially math on steroids, writes Steve Lohr for the New York Times. So, at first glance, it should seem appropriate that the National Mathematics Advisory Panel included computer-based instruction among its recommendations to address the mediocre level of math achievement in the United States. However, the champions of computing in the classroom have hailed the math panel report as an encouraging win instead of a commonplace recommendation. The panel's focus is so valuable because it suggests that computing should be seen as a necessary tool in mainstream education along with math, science, reading, etc.

California Festival Wanted: Young Scientists and Engineers

Defense contractors scramble for next generation of engineers: Faced with an aging work force, stiff competition and strict hiring rules, the defense industry is facing a shortage of young scientists and engineers that could affect national security. Such concerns are prompting some defense companies to send math and science tutors into elementary schools and offer reimbursement for college tuition.

Real-world Examples May Make Math More Confusing

Students who learn math concepts abstractly may be able to apply them better than students who are taught using concrete examples, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Ohio State cognitive-research scientist Jennifer A. Kaminski said the difficulty is that "real-world" imagery tends to upstage the foundational mathematical concepts, so students were unable to shift their knowledge from one problem to the next. "It's really a problem of our attention getting pulled to superficial information," Kaminski said.

RESOURCES

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

Designed as a unique and much-needed resource for educators, managers, and policymakers, the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that report innovative ideas and programs for classroom teachers, scientific studies, and formulation of concepts related to the education, recruitment, and retention of under-represented groups in science and engineering.

Five-Day Math and Science Camp for Teachers

The Mickelson ExxonMobil 2009 Teachers Academy offers a five-day program, with camps in New Jersey, Texas and Louisiana, designed to provide third- through fifth-grade teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. Maximum Award: all expenses paid five-day program in July 2009. Eligibility: third- through fifth-grade teachers from all over the United States. Deadline: October 31, 2008.

International Institute of Women in Engineering

The International Institute of Women in Engineering incorporating the Young Engineers' Society (YES) conducts at EPF, France a 3 week short course aimed at both female and male final year undergraduate, or recently graduated engineers. The aim of the course that has a prescribed theme every year is to introduce young engineers to the broad concepts and global issues they will encounter in their careers and to intiate cultural awareness and communication skills that are required for professional practice in an everchanging workplace.

SAVE THE DATE

NGCP May Webcast: You Can Make a Difference: Learn How to Plan Role Model Visits and Field Trips to Inspire Girls in Technology, Science, and Engineering

May 14, 2008, 11:00-12:00 PDT
How can I get my students excited about a career in technology, science, or engineering? How can I work better with industry professionals and corporate partners to encourage outreach to students? When a role model visits my classroom, how can I make sure they are engaging and able to excite my students about careers in science, technology, and engineering? Participate in this webcast to learn how to address these questions and help role models connect with girls in your community.

WEBINAR - Assessing Effectiveness: Do your program activities make a difference? Insights learned from the Assessing Women and Men in Engineering (AWE) Project

May 21, 2008, 2:00pm EDT
Tricia Berry from the University of Texas at Austin and the Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project shares about assessments and using objective driven assessment to improve the success of local programs.

ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition: Building Bridges to Create Change in Engineering Education

June 22 - 25, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA
The ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curricula, and providing networking opportunities for faculty members, deans and industry representatives interested in furthering engineering education.

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